I've made six major quilts, a baby quilt, and a wall hanging in this series to date. As a result, though I'm not exactly down to scraps, it would be hard to put a quilt together out of five to eight coordinating fabrics. But I got an idea for something that is scrappy, where I can use the leftovers from my other projects. I have lots of partial fat quarters from which I am cutting 2" strips. These will go into strip sets, which I will augment with 2" squares cut from the real scraps.
Being a convert to starch, I starched the fabric before cutting. I started with aerosol cans of Niagara but the two cans I had on hand did not go very far. I had quite a bit of Best Press on hand so I used that but when I ran out, I still had fabric left to starch. So next I tried concentrated starch (comes in a big bottle), mixed in a 1:4 ratio with water in a trigger spray bottle (I used the empty Best Press bottle). Here are my thoughts on these different starches.
Niagara Non-Aerosol Trigger Spray - This is my favorite but it is not readily available to me. None of the stores around me carry it and it is ridiculously pricey on Amazon.com. It is easy to spray and get the right amount of saturation in your fabric so it dries stiff without being too stiff.
Niagara Original Aerosol Spray Starch - The price is right, less than $2 a can at stores around me, but one can does not cover much fabric (around 2 yards) so I've been going through a lot of it and feel guilty about the environmental impact of all those aerosol cans. But it gives the right amount of stiffness and the finish is great.
Best Press - This is billed as a starch alternative and while it gives fabric a crisp finish, it does not get it as stiff as I'd like. And a bottle does not go far so it is too pricey to use for this purpose. On the positive side, it comes in some great scents that add that your ironing pleasure. I'm saving it to use more as a finishing spray.
Starch Concentrate - One bottle goes far when mixed with water in a 1:4 for 1:3 ratio, making it both economical and perfect for getting the exact degree of starchiness you want. I'm going to stick with it for now, unless I find Niagara in a trigger spray bottle again.
More on my new project next week.