I am prepping my first block to get started on the “Fantasy Floral” quilt from Michelle Hills book. It is an interesting pattern. I will be working on this quilt off and on all year I am sure. Instead of the machine buttonhole stitch that she uses I will be doing needle turn applique – because of this I might reshape some pieces here and there to make it easier to applique in place.
What I do first is to trace out the pattern pieces to freezer paper – press on to the right side of the fabric and then what I do is draw around the shape with a chalk pencil – that line is my turn under line.
I position each piece on my block which is cut one inch larger than what the pattern calls for — that is just so I can square up better when I am done. This block only has six pieces to it. I use Roxanne Glue Baste It and put tiny drops of glue on the back of each piece to hold it in place. By gluing instead of pinning I have no pins in the way to grab my thread and tangle it up. This glue washing out.
Carefully take the freezer paper templates off of the cloth – I do this after I glue baste but you can take it off before you glue baste – keeping it on gives a more stable feel to it as you lay it in place I think. I also save my pattern until I am done with the block in case I need to redo a piece I already have the pattern.
Before I put my pieces on the block I have pressed my block in 4ths – on point in this case – that lets me put things evenly to applique. I do not make an overlay as some people do using a piece of plastic with the complete block drawn out on it – I eye ball it looking at the pattern and use the diagonal guide line on a large square ruler to help decide if the block is laid out right. I decided this was close enough to what I wanted. If you mess up too much you can gently tug pieces back up to reposition – I check several times as I put pieces in place also so I rarely have to reposition. This ruler is a quarter inch larger than what the block will be trimmed to – 12 1/4 inches.
I have everything cut out from my background fabric and put in a storage box with a note telling me what I have. I was lucky and from this fabric I have 1 1/2 yards extra – I had not bought this fabric with anything in mind to make – I will save the extra in case of a mess up – the binding is already cut and in the box also. One never knows if there is a scissor accident that is too great to fix and if I need to remake a block I have plenty of left over fabric.
I also print out a photo of the quilt and put it in the box although I do have the book too of course. By placing a photo in the storage box it just reminds me what project is in the box – sometimes I have too many projects going–I have had up to 4 project boxes going at one time – right now it is just two so that is not too bad.
Do you organize a project something like this?