|Ruffled Roses, designed by Sue Garman|
Begun in January 2011, I'm finally getting back to it and hope to have the top finished this fall. The applique' is being done with C&T Wash-Away Applique' sheets, a technique I'm doing a demo of at our guild meeting. In are earlier post, here, I showed the steps for preparing the applique' shapes--turning the edges over the wash-away applique' sheets, using glue stick, then using a very narrow zig-zag stitch to sew the pieces to the background. Here are more pieces ready for the demo:
EDIT: At the demo I was asked to describe the glue tips I use to attach the pieces to the background holding them in place for sewing. Here they are:
I like this method for the speed in printing the pattern pieces and the speed in sewing. The preparation time is more than I would have for hand needle-turn applique' but sewing by hand would take me a LOT more time. The wash-away sheet will dissolve when the completed quilt is washed. It acts as a stabilizer and there is no need to put a stabilizer under the background while sewing. I'm also using a neutral putty-colored thread for all the pieces, no changing threads--of course, you could if you wanted the stitches to be close to invisible. Here is my center:
Our guild program is a round robin of 6 different applique' techniques, being demo-ed by 6 guild members. I'm in charge of getting it organized--the only downside to that is, I don't get to see the other 5 demos! Oh, well, it's still fun and will be an educational experience for our guild members.
I was also asked about the two quilts I have in the Traditional Treasures Special Exhibit, opening tonight at International Quilt Festival in Chicago. Those were shown in a previous post here: Traditional Treasures 2013. The quilts will then travel to Houston for the 2013 International Quilt Festival Fall show there so I will get to see them hanging in the special exhibits. Very happy.
Grandmother's Choice is only 7 blocks away from being done--here is the sixth row:
designed by Barbara Brackman, has very interesting historical information about the work of the suffragists who struggled to earn the right to vote for women, both here and in the UK.
That's it for today--time to quilt!