I am late this morning getting my blog posted as I had to figure out who won the pattern give away – the random number generator has chosen Delana from Wisconsin – Delana I have sent you an email notifying you of your win email me back your address and I will get it sent out to you. Thank you all that participated it was fun to see where you are all from. I had no idea I had so many readers from some of the countries that responded.
Prepping applique can be fun but tedious at the same time. Yesterday I spent time prepping for one block – I will try to glue baste this morning – I have an eye doctor appointment this afternoon – all these appointments sometimes seem to come one after another! Time would be better spent on applique!
For projects like this where there are a lot of small pieces I like to get down my box of 5 inch charms (or smaller)– I have a whole box full of them. These are pieces cut from left over scraps of fabric – I have 10 boxes of this size for my various sizes of scraps. (5″, 4″, 3.5″, 3″, 2.5″, 2″, 1.5″, strings)
This is the block I am going to be working on – C1.
I decided I want blue flowers and purple flowers for this block. So I go through my stacks of 5 inch pieces selecting fabric – each petal can be a different color. Picking color can be fun if you do not over think it in my opinion. Start with a couple colors that you really like and then build on to them. By that I mean take out more of the same color groupings. I wanted a flower with some purple in it so I started to take out shades of purple and I wanted blue so those were selected. Then I kind of just weed them out – pick out several and go with it.
I have made my selections – my templates are on a Wash Away Applique Sheets. You draw on the sheets (they are a bit like regular paper) one side will stick to the fabric when you iron it – the paper dissolves in the wash when you wash your quilt leaving just a little bit behind that will make you pieces look a bit like trapunto. I hadn’t really used this product much until Esther from the Love Entwined group had talked about it so much – I began to use it for that quilt and like it. After you cut your template out – leaving a turn under seam allowance – using a glue stick I press the edges under with my fingers.
When I cut what I want out of the 5 inch charms I immediately cut up the scraps to go in my scrap boxes – these are 1.5 and 2.5 inch pieces.
I got all my flower petals prepped and moved on to the leaves and selected these green fabrics. As you can see with the flower petals and the leafs I don’t have a lot of “cute” prints or novelty fabric – I love fabrics that read as solids but aren’t if you know what I mean, I have some in batiks and others. I mix them all up in a quilt, I don’t think you have to have an all batik quilt or an all kona cotton etc – mix them up and have a lot of different kinds of fabric in one quilt.
All the pieces are now prepped for block C1 – I had prepped a lot of stems for Love Entwined and using them for both projects – these are thin and sewed down one side creating a tube and I press the seam line to the back. Now I’m ready to glue baste all these pieces onto the square of back ground fabric-this will be then put in the travel box and selections of thread will be put in the box as well. The seam line is all pressed under on these pieces now with the use of the glue stick and ready for my hand stitching – if you were machine appliqueing they would be ready for that also. I will show the prepared block tomorrow.
In between working with the little bits of fabric – I had to take breaks from the little pieces I admit – I got out the backing fabric for the Floral Fantasy quilt and got it sewed for when it will go on the quilting frame next week? I do believe so – it is moving along that quickly.
I started quilting the last border of Star Garden!! I will most likely be done with it by the end of the weekend.
I did not work on the postage stamp quilt nor the square in a square blocks yesterday – needed a break from it.