I decided to tackle making my vines for the Fall Harvest quilt and get them appliqued in place so I can then decide what else to add – right now instead of acorns and pumpkins or whatever I am leaning towards fall leaves – mainly because they are easier and faster to do because they are bigger – bigger in my mind is easier to applique and faster than tiny pieces like nuts!
I use the Clover Bias Stem Maker for my vines. You put your fabric strip in on one side, this photo was a little fussy, sorry it was the only one I had and I hadn’t realized.
Flip it over and put the paper with the fuse side down on the other side.
Press the paper side down to your fabric strip.
I put a pin through one piece into the ironing board and gently glide the iron the whole length pulling the tool ahead of it.
Almost ran out of the fusible and in the end it wouldn’t have matter all that much anyhow as this package maybe was a little defective and it barely stuck to the quilt top!! I had to put pins in too or use glue.
The vines do not look like much by itself, but when I add colorful leafs here and there it will be much prettier.
I fold the quilt top in quarters and then over again to have a nice neat area to do my applique without the top becoming a wrinkled mess.
I finished the 2nd circle for the Round We Go quilt and now two of this pattern is finished. These will be appliqued to squares eventually. I picked out fabric for a 3rd but I will wait to show until I get started on it. I was asked where can you get the Round We Go pattern/templates – it is an Australian pattern by Sue Daley – the place I got it at no longer has them listed so much have run out – I tracked down one other place in the States that has them Mountain Creek Quilt Shop in Tennessee. This is a pricey set – you get all the papers you need, the pattern instruction book and acrylic templates which of course you can use over and over again – the papers are firm so you would be able to use them again also if you want to make more for a different quilt sometime. This was a splurge for me I have been buying very little fabric the past several years using my scrap stash instead so treated myself to this.
For Slow Sunday Stitching with Kathy I have plenty of hand work projects to work on – the circles or the vines or neutral hexies – I will decide as the day goes on. Also linking to Quilting is More Fun than Housework.
EDITED: 10: 16 AM I have been told that using spray starch is a no no when using fusible – I used spray starch on my brown fabric before cutting the strips so it is very likely that is what caused the fusible to not stick well when making the vines – it was a very low humidity day (38%) when I was working on the vines so humidity was not a problem.