September 15, 2008

Being the ever-curious appliquér, I picked up a package of Ricky’s version of freezer paper.

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Here’s what the package says:

  • Large, ready-to-use sheet — more than twice as wide as standard freezer paper rolls
  • No cutting or taping needed to fit a full width of quilting fabric
  • Softer and more flexible than other brands
  • Lies flat, reusable
  • Use for piecing, appliqué, or ANY freezer-paper technique

  • Here’s what it looks like when you take it out of the package. This is only a portion of it.

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    I cut out a hunk of the regular supermarket freezer paper and a piece of Ricky’s. Ricky’s does feel softer, thinner, and more flexible. I hope you can see a difference in this photo.

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    Personally I end up chopping my freezer paper into little pieces for the type of appliqué that I do, but I can see where this product would come in mighty handy if you’ve been taping together sections of freezer paper to use with large patterns in other techniques. For instance, what comes to mind is designing and marking swag borders, where you use a piece of freezer paper that’s the same dimensions as your border, then fold it into sections for the swags.

    I went ahead and tested it out for the freezer-paper-on-top type of appliqué that I know.

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    Note the cardboard underneath. The firm surface helps create a better bond when ironing the template onto the fabric.

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    I’m a baster… can’t abide pins when I’m trying to stitch.

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    Works great!

    It strikes me as amusing that Ricky would need to call this product by a name that’s not what it’s intended for (wrapping meat for the freezer) so that it will be familiar for quilters!

    C’mon gang, chime in. What use would you make out of extra-wide freezer paper?

    Kay
    Quilt Puppy Publications & Designs

    Comments

    6 Responses to “Ricky Tims’ extra-wide freezer paper”

    1. Sally Bramald on September 15th, 2008 11:05 am

      Not knocking Ricky Tims stuff, but if you want to add to ‘normal’ freezer paper, just lie it out side by side on your ironing board with about a half inch overlap, both pieces shiny side down and just run the edge of the iron along the overlap. It sticks to itself. That little strip with the join will stick to the ironing board a little but it still has enough ‘stick’ on it to be used effectively.
      Just what works for me.
      If I’m in a hurry, I also use ‘magic’ tape. You can iron it, but you have to turn the iron temperature down.

    2. Kay on September 15th, 2008 11:20 am

      Sally, thanks for that tip! And what kind of projects do you use the wide freezer paper for?

      Kay

    3. Sarah Ann Smith on September 15th, 2008 4:52 pm

      Kay…it would be great for cutting out Hawaiian applique patterns. I have a paper-snowflake technique in my patterns and that I teach which helps avoid the painful exercise of cutting through 8 layers of fabric at once. Instead, you cut the 8 layers of PAPER, then iron the freezer paper on top of your applique layer.

      Having a wide piece like this would work well for my patterns and also for the large borders…think of the dragons and other very large motifs in the borders of Ricky’s quilts…. perfect use for this stuff.

      On the other hand… Reynolds brand is readily available. I have done the glue-stick or seam-with-iron thing, but the seam tends to come undone… will have to see what the price is. Thanks for letting us know about it,

      Cheers, Sarah

    4. Kay on September 15th, 2008 7:02 pm

      Hey, Sarah! Thanks! I can see it now. Let us know if you have a chance to try this stuff out.

      Kay

    5. sally bramald on September 16th, 2008 2:33 am

      I use it for appliqué like most other people do but also when stabilising large piecing shapes.
      I have shown it here http://quiltfeather.blogspot.com/2008/09/busy-getting-not-lot-done.html

    6. Kay on September 16th, 2008 7:22 am

      Aha… jumbo templates! Very good use for big hunks of freezer paper. Thanks Sally!

      Kay

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