Recently AQS posted this tip on Facebook. “Parchment paper works every bit as well as a Teflon pressing sheet, and it cools off faster.” You made lots of comments, and you wanted to know more. Here’s the story:
Quilters who do fusible appliqué know that a Teflon pressing sheet is an essential item. When you are fusing, you need one (or even two, if you prefer your fusible without paper backing) pressing sheets to protect your iron, your ironing board cover, and anything you ever decide to press in the future from getting stuck to melted fusible web. Teflon pressing sheets seem a little on the pricey side, but, hey―they’re worth it.
Now, back up to the October 2012 issue of The Quilt Life. The centerfold quilt was the amazing PORT OF CASSIS by Lenore Crawford. Lenore’s fused landscape quilts have been winning nice prizes in big shows, so when she shared her fuse-and-paint technique in that issue, I paid attention.
Lenore told TQL that she actually prefers parchment paper—you can buy it in the baking aisle at the grocery store—to Teflon pressing sheets because it cools faster and you can handle the fused patches that much sooner. So I put parchment paper on my shopping list and I bought a roll the next time I saw one—at Costco.
Admittedly, the Costco-sized roll of parchment paper is probably a lifetime supply for even the most dedicated fuser. You can use a piece of parchment over and over, just like a Teflon pressing sheet. You can cut exactly the size you need, and you can give some to your friends. And try rolling out your next pie crust on parchment paper. It’s awesome…Jan Magee, The Quilt Life