Thursday, October 1, 2009
Done except for her face...
She's done!! I still need to embroider her face, but I will catch up on those little details when I have 3-4 blocks done. I decided to give her more hair (a bun on top of her head). I am so loving this project - it is making my heart sing. But the leaves...ugh! Has anyone counted how many there are in the whole project?!?
I'm trying a different kind of hand applique for this project. My usual method is mostly "baste-under," with a little needle-turn thrown in on points and little fussy bits. I usually like to baste the allowance, press the bit, and then pin, baste, and/or glue ("dot, dot, not a lot") to the background. Then, after I stitch everything down, I remove the basting thread...a little tedious. The problem with this method is the amount a turn-under allowance required when basting it down...almost a whole quarter inch.
Well, one of my quilting buddies (thank you, thank you Mary Liz!), just turned me on to the glue stick method and I am completely hooked!!! I am using an Elmer's disappearing purple glue stick and a stiletto/fingertips after I've ironed freezer paper to the right side of the fabric. The real beauty is that it takes so little turn-under allowance when doing it this way. I'm like a kid in a candy store...I just want to applique everything in sight!! The shapes were a little stiff at first, but I've backed off on the glue and a straw needle (Jeana Kimball) works well. I now have the added step of soaking the finished, untrimmed block in a little cold water to remove the glue stick and the Roxanne's Glue Baste-It, followed by careful pressing to dry, but I am much happier not sewing all those allowances before laying the block out. The gluing and pressing go really fast!
Question: what are your thoughts on cutting away the background behind the applique? I usually do it since I'm a hand quilter, but I'm not sure about doing it on this project. If I do, I won't bother cutting away behind small things, like leaves, berries, etc....just bigger things. Do you guys usually do this?? I'm really on the fence about it for this project.
I trimmed my two blocks to 12 x 15 (to finish at 11.5 x 14.5). I may trim them the rest of the way to 11.5 x 14.5 when putting the whole thing together, but for now the outer edges of my blocks are extremely close to the smaller size. I may trim all of them to 12 x 15 "so they can breathe" and then adjust the outer borders accordingly.