Here and there I am working on an applique project. I have not done extensive applique before and this is a learning project for me. I am trying different methods out and not expecting everything to be perfect ( it surely won’t ) but I do expect it to be enjoyable :) So far I’ve just been basting with glue or needle turning …I think my middle stem is pretty thick, but the next round of shapes will be done with freezer paper and starch or sizing, and I know that I’ll get better as I go along. I wanted to grow a garden in the winter because I love growing flowers in the summer so much. I think the freezer paper / sizing method should assist me in getting smoother shapes and better points on the next round…we’ll see :)
Any applique that I have done prior to this has had large pieces such as the block on this sampler that is on the rocking chair in the background of the photo below , or the Dresden plate quilt, so the smaller pieces are something new for me.
Another project that will be very sporadic is hand-piecing. When my grandson is over here for the day he moves from one thing to another…we read, he plays in the toy room, we cook or bake, we will still go outside for awhile weather permitting, and then for quiet times such as coloring or putting a puzzle together I wanted something that I could pick up and do as we sit at the table.
In the summer, his older sister wanted to learn embroidery and while she worked on her piece I’d work on a tea towel ( haven’t picked that up since she completed her piece and is back in school :) For the winter, I thought to cut out a block at a time for a sampler and just work on that in times like this. My grandson understands that I am doing a puzzle, too. It is just that I am sewing mine together :)
Finishing up the last two hand-quilted blocks on the couch quilt for my son and family. Almost done! It is a plain nine patch pattern but there is a lot of hand quilting in it. About 10% machine / the rest hand. When it is time to do the binding I’ll just be bringing the backing to the front and hand-sewing that down and soon it will be complete.
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- Cozy Little House
- Savvy Southern Style
- Freshly Pieced W.I.P
- Family Home and Life
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