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Friday, April 26, 2013

Keeping it together

Things have been really busy here at Casa Quintana.....and I've also been struggling to keep on going because the current chemo has me wiped out.  Thus, you haven't been seeing much of me.

However, I have been talking about Mistyfuse....partly because I had the opportunity to work once again with Attached Inc.'s head and Empress of the Sheerest most environmentally friendly fuse, Iris Karp.

I started working for Iris because I had found the Mistyfuse Ultra-violet and believed in it.  Having said that...I think that Mistyfuse-UV is probably the most misunderstood fuse out there.  It doesn't glow in the dark.  It is no different than the regular white Mistyfuse, except for one important aspect.  Mistyfuse-UV has an ultraviolet retardant in it.

All fusibles will discolor over time.  When Iris heard about a 9-11 memorial quilt which had discolored areas where the fused sheers had been exposed to ultraviolet light (from sunlight and flourescent light), she spoke with her chemist who worked with her to add a retardant to slow down the discoloration.

Of course, since Mistyfuse uses fewer extra chemicals, it is probably a slower one to change anyway, but after I had little dots of brown show up on the clouds in a baby quilt I made....the curator in me started investigating and found Mistyfuse-Ultra Violet.

I use a lot of sheers as you can see from these two pieces....as well as some solid, light colors.  Mistyfuse-UV is perfect for these as it won't be as much of a problem overtime.  Of course, I do have to be careful as when I'm working with it...I can't tell the difference between the regular Mistyfuse and the Mistyfuse-UV....I HAVE to keep them in their proper envelopes.

Mistyfuse is easy to needle through, doesn't leave things stiff or hard, and doesn't gum up your needle.  It doesn't come with a release paper, so you must use a teflon pressing sheet or silicone coated baking parchment....but it makes things so much easier....you can transfer the pattern by tracing it in pencil (or light colored Prismacolor pencils if your fabric is dark) RIGHT SIDE UP onto the coated baking parchment, then flip it over onto the fused piece of fabric, and iron the graphite/pencil side down on to the fused side....this transfers the pattern without having to reverse it or change scissors to cut through your paper...and it makes things a lot faster and easier.

Since my hands are so numb, I have turned to using more fusible...but with Mistyfuse it leaves it supple.

Here are a couple of tutorials: Sue Bleiweis using mistyfuse:

 http://suebleiweiss.com/blog/mistyfuse-tutorials/

And Iris herself:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xNZcN01FR0

There are others out there as well....and there are lots of ways to use it...as decorative elements, in order to make your own fusible batting...and lots more.  I showed you in the Dayton Landmarks' St. Mary's  piece I recently finished how I used it to create shadows.

So...because I like it so much....and because I have some which Iris sent me home with...I'm sharing a package of Mistyfuse Ultraviolet, which contains 2.5 yards by 20" wide piece.  I will use a random number generator from online to pick a number.  All you have to do is leave a comment....if you don't use sheers, that's OK....you can use Mistyfuse-UV just as you would use regular Mistyfuse.  I will pick the number on May 5.  Good luck!

To read more about Mistyfuse, go to www.Mistyfuse.com  or like the Mistyfuse FB page.
https://www.facebook.com/MIstyfuser?fref=ts



44 comments:

:-D eirdre said...

Hi, Happy Mistyfuse user. Haven't tried the Ultraviolet yet. Thanks for the giveaway.
:-D eirdre

Nancy Balding said...

Ok, let's see if I can get this to accept my comment now.
I enjoy using Misty Fuse. My sister worked with Iris at Long Beach the last two years. She has been converted.
Nancy B.
imanav8r@sbcglobal.net

Quilter Beth said...

I love Mistyfuse and use it regularly; however, I have never used the UltraViolet. I'd like to give it a try, so choose me! Thanks for the giveaway.

Nina Marie said...

I've been meaning to try some - it sounds just what I've been looking for to help with my work but we don't have a place locally that carries it - I'll have to order some - unless I win -grin!

pcoxdesign said...

I was gifted with this product and fell in love!! Thanks fory th e opportunity to win some!

Teresa said...

Like others who have posted, I have not had the opportunity to try the UV Misty. I DO love the regular Misty, though.

Robin Walston said...

I've used misty fuse a few times and liked it pretty well. I'd love to try the UV misty fuse and like that it will take longer for problems to appear.
Thanks for a chance to win.
indyqltr@hotmail.com

Liz Copeland said...

I love mistyfuse and should probably switch to the uv one as I'm using lots of sheers. Interesting to me that Iris invented it because of a 9-11 quilt having problems because my 9-11 piece had that problem.

Wil said...

I like MF, but am not familiair with this type. Would love to try it. Thanks for this chance to win it -:)

Del said...

I've used Mistyfuse, but didn't find it all that easy to use compared to the paper backed fusibles. Convince me! I'll try the UV version if you chose my number! Love, Del

Marilyn said...

I love Mistyfuse and I am out of the white. I still have some black and I've never tried the UV one - yet. This would be an excellent way to try it - come on random number generator!

Kathy said...

I am a huge fan of the black, but I think the UV would be a definite plus for many pieces! Random generator doesn't like me too much, but I've got to try! Thanks for the chance.

Bev said...

I've not used Mistyfuse yet, I'd like to give it a try and the idea of delaying damage to the appearance of a piece sounds like a big plus to me!

here's hoping the random number generator likes me!

Pam Geisel - For Quilts Sake said...

It's always fun to try new notions!

Sally Gould Wright said...

I love Misty Fuse! I've been using it ever since I took a class with Esterita Austin. So much less bilk than with other products.

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Patty said...

Would love to try this!

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Denise said...

I would love to try the UV. Thanks for the opportunity!

Linda said...

I would love to try this product!

Rita H. said...

I have never used Mistyfuse and I'd like to try it
Rita H.

Merrilee said...

Thanks for the opportunity to try the UltraViolet Misty Fuse - the other types are so wonderful to use, this one has to be, too!

Linda Mac said...

I love Mistyfuse. Thanks for the opportunity to win some.

jpd said...

Sounds like something I need Lisa...pick me, pick me!

terri flowerchild said...

Love to try it!

ann said...

I've used what I got from you when I was in a jam. Expensive, but worth it for a special wedding memory. Now I want MORE!

Bonnie Jo said...

I love this product, just wish it was more widely distributed.

Bonnie

Lisa Chin said...

I love mistyfuse! I never knew what the Uv did. That is awesome. Thanks for the great post!

Juanita Yeager said...

Would love to try it.

Marie Z. Johansen said...

I use Misty Fuse all of the time but, although I have wondered about the ultraviolet, I have not yet tried it because it more difficult to find anywhere near where I live!
Thanks for the opportunity to try it and thanks for sharing the wealth!

Cyndy C. said...

I use misty fuse too, but haven't tried the ultraviolet though I do work with sheers. Pick me! ;)

Fran Wessel said...

Wow! how exciting! I've been a fan since I learned about it from Esteria Austin, the inventor! How did I not know about this new version. I can't wait to try it.

dancindeb said...

Thanks for the wonderful article. I've been waiting to make something with sheers and this is good information to have!

Louise said...

Pick me, pick me!

wlstarn said...

I used regular Mistyfuse for a large piece with chiffon & netting and it worked well. Haven't tried the UV type since I made my piece before it was available.

California Fiber artist and composer said...

I have used regular misty fuse and really appreciate your tutorial. Would love to try the UV product. I hope the chemo is successful.

jaffy said...

Would love to win (and use) the Mistyfuse.
Thanks for the give-away.

Suzanne in TX said...

I'd love to try this new version of Mistyfuse. Hope you'll choose me.

Jody said...

I would love to win this kind of Mistyfuse. I really like the white and the black, the ultraviolet would be a great addition to my toolbox.

Denise said...

I would love to try the Mistyfuse UV. It sounds like the product to use!

Unknown said...

I am starting to use more of the sheers so am interested in the new uv misty fuse. What a great idea for a give away and how generous to use you own stuff. g

Gwen Goepel said...

My fav fusible

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