Today’s post is a part of a series called The Quilt Maker’s Toolkit, showing and teaching about the products I use while I make my quilts.
There are no products in this series that I do not use and use often, though sometimes my opinions may change as I grow and move along in my journey of quilt making. To view all posts in this series click here.
Instead of a Monday fabric post (sorry!) I’m sharing a starch recipe today. I shared this on Instagram this past weekend:
I’m working along, making a bazillion flying geese for my next Little Miss Sawtooth quilt, when in the middle of things I run out of starch (I always buy the cheap kind from the grocery store).
Making flying geese or any triangle piece of patchwork without starch is a no-go for me. I’m such a homebody and could not be bothered to leave the house to go and quickly get a new can of it, so I went to Pinterest to find a recipe (because that’s easier, right?).
The Carolina Mingle Quilt
I picked a recipe and made the starch. It worked, but because I couldn’t break up the lumps of starch properly, it coated my iron with a crusty white gunk. It took half an hour just to clean the iron, and I was still in need of starch when I was finished.
Now I cook with corn starch often. I love sauces and cornstarch it’s a thickener, so I know how to get it mixed in properly. It dawned on me exactly how to tweak the recipe to get it to work correctly.
- Put the 1 cup of water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
- While waiting on water to boil, mix the 1 TBSP of water and 1 TBSP of cornstarch in a tiny bowl (don’t let this sit, keep mixing to keep it liquidy).
- When water is boiling, put you cornstarch mixture into the boiling water and remove from heat. Whisk like a mad woman until all lumps are gone.
- Pour mixture into your spray bottle. If you end up with a few lumps, don’t put those in the bottle (any lumps will gunk up your iron).
- Add 1-2 drops of your favorite essential oil. I used peppermint. It scented my whole studio with the scent and it was beyond lovely.
- Shake spray bottle to mix in oil.
Now your starch won’t last forever. It contains no preservatives, so small batches like the 1 cup will be best.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Just in case you are wondering, my favorite essential oils are lavender (but it can put you to sleep), rosemary, eucalyptus and of course peppermint.
It was nice to be pressing my geese while breathing it all that lovely aroma. Makes me not mind pressing too much. 🙂
If you give this recipe a go, let me know how it worked for you.
Oh, before I forget! Cache Fabrics is closing their shop and offering 25% off when you use the code “ByeByeSeeya” without the quotations. Go get your fabric shopping on!
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