Week 7 Blocks

Here we are at week 7 already...time flies when you're having fun. I substituted I-11 this week for the scheduled F-9 because I think a week of mostly paper piecing would make 2 layers of applique easier to digest. Technically, I think I'm supposed to sew curves on F-9 then applique but I'm skipping the curves now for a less complex block later. When in doubt, applique...I think that's going to be my new motto! At the time of this post, a demo has not been completed on "That Quilt" or the board. It could be reverse appliqued but I'd like to keep the seams for now...we'll see when it comes down to it.

The yahoo group is having a charm swap of 8" reproduction prints...if you'd like in, please email me for details.

In other news, the hubs is helping to cut hexagons with me this weekend...what a sweetheart! I've got a keeper for sure!! Now I'll be able to get a jump on that one and get it moving, too. Having some consistent piecing going on will be a bit of down time from the mania that is JANE. I always swore I would never start a big project before completing my current one to avoid UFOs, WIPs and whatever else they're known as...Lesson Learned: Never say NEVER.

Happy Quilting!


Did I say 2? 3!

Last night I added another block to the completed pile. Tour de France went so quickly it was unbelieveable. I think I'm taking a liking to applique. It's comforting like hand quilting for me. I even did a bit by freezer paper method to give it a shot.

The Clover mini iron is essential to freezer paper method. If you don't have one, add it to the must haves. I'm sure as I go along I'll find other notions that help the process but I've not been using the special pins at all. That was an essential from all the advice I received....I am just using my flower head pin (usually one per shape) and back basting or using freezer paper. It's the inexpensive giant grocery store type because...well, my frugality cheap runs deep! LOL.

I am still more comfortable with basting for the take along projects...there's very little mess---just a few threads and a bit of trimming to watch for. You can also remove any pins from your project once it's basted so it's perfect around little people.

When I'm home and can immediately begin a project, freezer paper RULES! I must have tried it with my regular iron the first attempt because the mini iron shape makes the edge just pop right on to the paper. If you haven't given it a try, take a moment to save yourself some serious time down the road.



2 More Done!!

Happy Superbowl Sunday AKA Super Sewing Sunday! It went well here---applique and all. I finished Grandpa's Chickens and Decisions, Decisions & made fabric selections for Tour de France and Autumn Aster. I'll get the other 2 done soon and post pix.
Happy Quilting!!