I was looking at other blogs when I noticed that Liz listed freezer paper as one of her top 5 quilting tools. It got me thinking about freezer paper and why it is so hard to find in Australia. Maybe I am looking in the wrong places and also I have not bothered trying to find any lately but last time I did, no one knew what I was talking about. It just so happens I have used my last scraps of it and I was hoping someone could tell me where to get some in Australia.
This is what I have used my last bits of paper on and why I find it so useful.
I just made a quilt with lots of straight lines on the back as well as a square/rectangle pattern on the front.
So the question came as to how I was going to quilt it because if I stitched in straight lines the back would have all these stitches that didn't line up and I would be really unhappy with the mess and it would make the irregular shapes look even more irregular.
So I decided that I would hand stitch it with circle shapes because they wouldn't mess up the lines.
I used freezer paper to make my stencils. I traced lots of mugs and glasses from the kitchen to get a variety of circle sizes.
Then I ironed on a few of the circles to the quilt. They can peel off so I only did a couple at a time.
Sew around the edges.
Peel off the paper carefully because you can use it several times and there is your outline stitched onto your quilt. Easy.
You could make stencils for any shape so it's very versatile and saves using water soluble pens etc.
I have also used it instead of paper piecing and made this quilt.
It made the whole process much quicker and simpler and it's very accurate.
So if anyone knows where to find this wonderful paper in Melbourne please let me know so I can get some more!