I showed the new book I got yesterday and it intrigues me – applique designs from wall paper designs plus. I read it off and on yesterday and looked at the photos a lot! This applique appears to be so much more elegant and of course Victorian than what I normally do. One reason for looking through the book so much is because I was not able to get much sewing done yesterday – which brings up the topic of rotary cutting safety!
Yes I did it – a nice cut to a fingertip! It took me almost an hour to get it to stop bleeding enough to bandage it up – I was almost ready to go get some stitches – it would have only taken 2 or 3 but which would be worse, stitches (and the ER bill) or letting it heal by itself without. It is good to use a nice sharp blade when cutting – but make sure you hold that ruler steady and fingers out of the way. I will make sure to keep the cut clean and change the bandage morning and night with first aide cream also. It is healing nicely already – those blades are sharp – even took off part of the fingernail – cut right through it – I had to cut the whole fingernail off! I have at least 15 years of rotary cutting experience and yes even after all those years we cut ourselves.
Now the needle pull adhesive circles that I bought for the fingertips that I showed yesterday - I don’t know if I can get used to – but I have found that they work good on the corners of the underside of the rulers! I thought I better get that done so they don’t slide.
Back to William Morris – I do tend to get off subject I know. The book that I showed yesterday. The applique in this book is suggested to use fusible’s and machine button hole stitch. Not my preferred method of appliqué which is needle turn.
Do I have readers out here in blogland that love William Morris in Applique? How do you do yours – what type of fabric do you like to use to get the 1800’s look to it? Where do you find your fabric for it? Do you do your work by machine or hand? I know me –I will do it by hand – I think I will get a package of the softest fusible I can find and do a small practice piece of buttonhole and (by not having a fusible all the way up the edge) one by needle turn. To do needle turn and fusible one would need to still have a seam allowance to turn under. You might ask why have the fusible – it would be taking the place of the glue basting method that I normally do – just something to try out and see how it goes. Also all the patterns in the book are printed in the reverse because fusible is what is expected to use.
Michelle Hill the author of the book does the patterns with fusible and machine button hole stitch. I’m not sure if she uses other stitches by machine or by hand as some of the photos shown look more like hand work to me – the way this work is done there is certain some dimension to the work.
this one looks like machine work to me.
Now this one here looks more like embroidery to me – you? is this by hand or machine – I’m not sure, she does include by hand embroidery stitches in the back of the book – maybe she has done a combination of work.
So many ideas and methods for so many quilts we quilters just can never get it all done can we! Sometimes we need to try something we normally do not do to learn something new and have a new challenge. We might find a new favorite way of doing things.