Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Fiddling


This first paragraph I wrote about this fiddly applique was so whiney, cranky, etc. I've deleted it and tried for something more positive. Mostly, I'm complaining that the fusible applique is not exact, amateurish, and not very 'slick'. Apparently "PRACTICE" comes into this process! And I AM trying to branch out a bit, trying new techniques.

The pieces will all be fused, except for the bias vine. I will blind stitch the bias vine down, and fuse the leaves, using machine fancy stitches around the leaves, and bird, each with a matching color -and I have to add the wing. I'm hoping the end result will be a little more smooth.

Should I loosly baste the pieces down first? I plan to have this design on alternate corners. You can see my pattern that I put under the border for placement, and flip it over for the opposite side. I KNOW I should have done all the applique before putting on the border, but that was yet another step of fiddling. This is not a large quilt so I'm expecting to wrangle it around with the machine applique.

Hey, it looks better in the photo than I thought! I still have several red flowers to add, and I am using brown buttons for the buds. This is one of the few times I am actually following a pattern for the applique.

7 comments:

Joyce said...

It looks very nice to me.

Rhonda said...

Ooooo.... can't wait to see more! I love pieced and appliqued quilts!

Looking good!

Vicki W said...

I think it's looking great!

MARCIE said...

Oh you do the coolest stuff! I think this is one I wanted to make but darned if I know where the pattern is. I am so into machine applique! But I enjoy handwork also. So many decisions. Haha!

paula, the quilter said...

My favorite way to baste appliques down is Elmer's School Glue (white) in stick form. It totally washes out and you just need a swipe in the middle of the applique. Dry/set it with a hot iron and it washes out. One happy camper here.

The Calico Quilter said...

That is going to be lovely! I do have a question about the fusible interfacing applique - does it make that part of the quilt stiffer or bulkier to quilt? One of the reasons I like hand applique is that unless you are adding lots of layers on top of each other (and even then, you can trim out some of the layers from the underside), it doesn't get stiff. I used steam-a-seam and didn't like the feel of it after it was done. But I put it under the entire piece. I know it's better if you cut out the center to leave a narrow fusible rim around each piece.

Lynn said...

Agree with the glue hint for sticking appliques down. The applique is looking good girl.