A better week…

This week has been a much better one, thanks to some cooler weather and fewer taxi duties for the kids for me. I spent last weekend rebuilding my Personal Portals website to launch my web design services (yes, I do all my own web design and development, and I’ve decided to start hiring out freelance. Have to support my quilting habit somehow!). Other than that, I’ve been plugging away at my latest quilt for the New Quilts from an Old Favorite Contest this year, and it’s coming together quite nicely. I hope to be quilting by next weekend, which will be a lot more fun than the appliqué that I’m working on right now. Ugh.

I really have a very strong dislike for appliqué in any quantity, though I am fairly good at it. It just takes way too long, even with the method that I’m using now. I’m using a light starch to wet the seam allowances and turn them over the edges of the freezer paper patterns, gluing them in place with Glue-Baste-It, and then sewing them down temporarily with water soluble thread in the machine. Then I’ll layer and baste the quilt, and appliqué and free motion quilt in one step with the machine. That’s the plan anyway, but since I’ve not done it this way before and haven’t seen anyone else do it this way, I do hope it works like I want it to. I’ll have a nice big mess if it doesn’t! Even doing the appliqué by machine the way I’m doing it, I’m feeling like it’s never ending. I’m much more of a speedy rotary cutter kind of gal. You know, strip piecing, that kind of stuff. Anyway, if this experimental method of mine works out, I’ll share pics and maybe a demo like the Perfect Four Patch one when I’m done!

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Favorite Things: Roxanne’s Glue Baste-It

Roxanne's Glue-Baste-It

This stuff is truly ingenious! And I’m sure I’m really behind here, but my only excuse for not discovering Glue-Baste-It sooner is that I usually go to great lengths to avoid hand-appliqué, so it didn’t exactly pop out at me at the store. Now that I’m “in it” with a quilt that has to be appliqué, I’ve finally gotten to it. The manufacturer’s website says: This incredible appliqué glue is 100% water soluble, dries in minutes, but holds firmly until you want it loose. They’re not lying. And I love the little syringe applicator. My only thought is that eventually, you’d want a replacement syringe, and there doesn’t seem to be an option to get one from the manufacturer on their site. I think that at some point, the glue will clog the syringe, no matter how careful you are about getting the glue out per their instructions. We will see. For now, I’m a happy camper, and this is one of my new Favorite Things!

UFO Report! One down, 24 to go…

Here’s a pic of the little quilt I finished up this morning:

Ode to CB

I appliquéd the cat after the quilt was basted together with the batting and backing, just as an experiment. I basted the layers with water soluble thread, then appliquéd the prepared pieces onto the quilt through all three layers, free-motion quilting them at the same time with coordinating thread. The basket and the fabrics in it were applied after the quilt was bound Continue reading UFO Report! One down, 24 to go…

Off the Bookshelf—A Perfect Union

A Perfect Union...

A Perfect Union…,
by Darlene Christopherson

A Perfect Union of Patchwork and Applique is one of those books that’s a great reference, and worth far more than first glance would suggest. Darlene combines patchwork and applique blocks in creative perfection, and fills the book with explicit instructions and guides to help you create your own “perfect union” quilt. Instructions are included for 18 applique blocks and 26 variations of three traditional pieced blocks, including machine and hand piecing directions, as well as sashing and border options. The applique patterns are truly beautiful, Continue reading Off the Bookshelf—A Perfect Union