|Prepared Edge Tulips Get Glue Basted In Place for Stitching on the Plane|
I had previously needle-turned the reverse applique centers of these tulips off-block, but I made double-layer freezer paper templates to preturn the outer edges with starch before glue basting them to the block background so I wouldn't have to fuss with those deep V-curves on the plane. I was able to pop the spotted reverse applique fabric through the diamond shaped hole in the center of each freezer paper template to hold the fabric in place while I pressed the seam allowances over the edges of the freezer paper.
|Using My iPad As a Light Box|
Travel InterludeHere are the highlights from my trip:
|My Canine Nephew and My Sister, and My Dresden Plate Quilt|
|Princess Petunia In the Theatre, Following the Show|
|Giant Sara Bareilles, Aunt Becca (Moi), and Princess Petunia|
Back to my stitchery:By the time I was ready to fly back to Charlotte, I had already stitched down all of the applique pieces that I had prepped before the trip. Fortunately, though, I'd had the foresight to pack the green fabric, leaf template, and chalk pencils for my leaves. I traced my templates onto my fabric with regular pencil this time, hoping it would smudge less during finger pressing than the chalk pencils do, but it ended up being really difficult to see so I won't be doing that again on this fabric.
|My Pencil Lines Are Too Hard to See|
|Sixteen Leaves Pinned for Needle Turned Stitching|
Having stitched the prepared edge applique on my flight up to New Jersey and switching back to needle turned applique on my flight home, I must say that I really prefer the prepared edge stitching. Yes, it's a pain in the butt to do all that prep work, but it's easier to place the pieces on the background accurately when the edges are already turned, and I like not having those little pins to keep track of when I'm stitching on the go. I don't like my thread snagging on the pins, either!
I'm out of practice and my first two needle turned leaves came out kind of lumpy. I'm not even going to show them to you, so there! Seriously -- I know that each one will get better. I didn't finish stitching all of these leaves on the plane, so I'll be working on them while watching television with my husband in the evenings. And I'm seriously considering switching to prepared edge applique for all of the remaining blocks.
But in the meantime -- I'm HOME AT LAST, and my sewing machines have MISSED me! I have two different solos to prepare for this Sunday, so for the next few days I'll be alternating between working on music and piecing my Tabby Mountain quilt top. Finishing that quilt was my goal for February, and here it is the 22nd already and it's only halfway pieced! Perhaps I was overambitious in thinking I could piece AND quilt it in one month, but I'd like to at least finish the top and get it loaded onto my quilting frame before the end of the month.
So if you don't hear from me, I'm either busy SINGING or SEWING!
I'm linking up with:
- · Whoop Whoop Fridays at www.confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com
- · Finished Or Not Friday at http://busyhandsquilts.blogspot.com/