The only “quilting” I did yesterday was working on the applique. I took a break from the other stuff. I am thinking of making a simple patchwork with the jelly roll that I got but haven’t decided if I will – we’ll see – I’m not sure if I really want to start another project at this time or stick with the plan to continue just on the 3 going on right now – you all are real enablers though I must say – some of the notes I got LOL – start another, start another what great friends you all are!
The area quilted – plus two more leaves since I took that photo! moving along.
The point of a leaf – I thought I would try a applique needle once again – I have tried them before but they always feel too “long” to me being used to a tiny #11 between – this one is a Roxanne Applique needle – so far I actually like it and might continue to use it.
Needle turn up to the edge.
Clip off the point a little so there isn’t so much bulk.
“fold” the point under and take a stitch.
Using the needle (or however you want to do it) tuck the seam allowance under the line to form your point. If you need to clip off more of the fabric to make the seam line thinner do so – most do this at 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch – I don’t measure it but go with what feels comfortable.
With needle turn applique you use the needle to kind of “sweep” the fabric under ahead of where you are working for a few stitches – stitch, then sweep more under and keep going. Before you know it you quickly have a leaf finished.
After washing and drying – twice – the unbleached flannel that I got on my on line sale shopping spree last week my 3 yards and 8 inches of fabric shrunk to an even 3 yards of fabric. I wasn’t sure what it would end to be but I am satisfied and think it has shrunk as much as it will. I measured it after the first wash and dry and it had shrunk 7 inches! the second wash and dry it shrunk one more inch. So I think it is now save to use don’t you? I don’t know if it shrunk in width – I didn’t think to take that measurement but right now it is 42 inches wide! I would have thought that it would shrink there too but I think it looks about as wide as it started with, I wish I would have thought to measure that too.
And yes we continue to be hot and dry – 100+ temperatures are normal this summer it seems although we are lucky up here on the ridge and are normally a couple degrees cooler than those in the town – yesterday topped off at 99 degrees. Maybe rain this afternoon? we need it for sure. Another wild fire in Arkansas yesterday that caused the evacuation of the entire small town of Ola. That town is about 30 miles south of me but only about 10 miles south of my friend Regina – I heard this morning that it is now contained and people were allowed to go back home thank goodness.