|Me sewing the baskets handle by the pool in Kefelonia|
My quilting hobby has been off and on a lot over the last 8 years, its either all I can think about and want to do and then i might not do anything for months!
But last year i was quite prolific (well for me that is) and when it came time for my 2 weeks holiday, panic set in "no quilting for 2 weeks" how will I cope?.
So I decided to have another go at hand applique, I found a luscious pattern from my Applique Flower's book.
Next decision was what type of hand applique technique to use? I tried out loads, but settled on the pritt stick and freezer paper one.
So I started making up my flower petals and leaves etc, I already had all the fabrics I needed, lots of lovely batik ones, but then I fell out with this method (too sticky) so I tried the spray starch with templar plastic method which I loved.
I roughly cut out a large piece of white fabric and using a light box set up, I traced the pattern on using a wash away blue marker pen, then I was ready to go.
|Sorry about the colour tone on the photo's|
I really enjoyed making this quilt and I learnt a lot such as
1. Cut the backgroud fabric more accurately, as I had a lot of trouble squaring it up later.
2. Centre the applique.
3. Check even after pre washing my fabrics that they don't run (as they did when i washed it to get rid of the blue marker pen lines).
4. Don't use a pritt stick to shape and then a temporarily attach the applique pieces as they go hard and are difficult to sew.
|If you look at the second leaf on the left you can see where the colour ran|
|The orange tulip is particularly creased|