July 25th, 2013

Thursday Threads Link Party 7/25

by Julie Hirt

I’m finally getting started on that kaleidoscope quilt I’ve been wanting to tackle for a while.  So far I’ve just cut out my triangles and I’m playing with layout.



With all of that linen, I need to starch everything to death.  Since I don’t want to pay $50 for a gallon of Best Press I did some research and made my own starch. It works!  It’s cheap!  I’m never buying starch again!

There are literally hundreds of variations out there but this is what I did:

DIY Spray Starch

1 tablespoon of Argo cornstarch
24 ounces of water

Bring to a boil and remove from heat. Let it cool and pour it into a spray bottle.
Optional: Add a few drops of lavender essential oil.  I don’t have any so I didn’t.

Some recipes don’t call for boiling but then you have to shake before each spray.   Also, I think it only keeps for a few days but I’ll gladly spend my money on fabric and make this when I need it.

Let’s check out some of last week’s link ups:


I’m kind of obsessed with these dresden’s from Susan at The Bored Zombie. The fussy cut stripes and chevrons give it such a cool effect!

Super fun Civil War Sampler from Jan at Sew and Sow Farm.  Love.

Last Minute Patchwork Elephant

Adorable little elephant from Stephanie at Quarter Incher.


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9 Comments to “Thursday Threads Link Party 7/25”

  1. Wow! Look at my quilt hanging out on your site. It’s pretty great to have your day made before 7am! Thank so much for the super kinds words and for the link back. **Suedre does the happy dance**

  2. I love the kaleidoscope quilt! I have always wanted to try that with my scraps left over. I also have some neat things, check them out at my page, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bradlees-Crafts/246668802131400

  3. Can’t wait to see your quilt take shape. I’ve never used starch…

  4. i started to make my own starch this year too. save sooo much money. i started to use potatoe starch and a little vodka, in the water, not to drink. lol helps to keep it clear.

  5. Thanks for the recipe! I have a quilt in the woks that will require a lot of spray starch and was hoping I could make my own! Yay!

  6. Can’t wait to see the Kalidescope, I love the colors you have there! Susans Dresden quilt is amazing and I have never seen the Civil war blocks done like that, so fun. Of course the elephant is adorable. I just love everyones creative energy:)

  7. So many great projects! Linking up for the first time this week (couldn’t get your button to work but will link back as soon as I can figure it out). Thanks for hosting!

  8. Wow! Thank you for linking back to my Civil War Sampler quilt this week! Doing a happy dance around the barn! xo jan

  9. Your picks from last week are great! I also love your fabrics. I love putting together my own picks from my stash. Not always easy, but it is always fun. Thank you for sharing.

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