Even though I can’t wait to start cutting fabric, I’m going to do something really important first – starch the heck out of the fabrics. Yes, that’s a technical term meaning “make it stiff as a sheet of paper,” and it will help so much where accuracy is concerned. Cutting the patches with the grain down the center, like Deb and Michael did (I might do that for the stripes), I will have four bias edges on each patch. Starch will keep that bias under control.
I’m an old-fashioned girl when it comes to starch – give me the liquid! (Sometimes it’s hard to find in the grocery store, so when I see it, I buy two bottles.)
Here’s how: Rinse the fabric and wring it out to remove any finish that might repel the starch. Then saturate the fabric with full-strength starch, wring it out, and hang it until almost dry. Then press with steam. Flat as a pancake and stiff as a board. Seriously – try it. I think you’ll be glad you did.
Jan Magee, The Quilt Life