Thursday, October 23, 2014

Prepping a Wool Project…

OK…enough fooling around!  Let’s get down to some wool work!  I need to prep some projects to do while we head down south this year! 

FYI…if you are new to my blog, hubby and I pack the RV (with wool and quilting projects:) and head down south to the Palm Springs area for THREE months of SUN and FUN!  We have great house sitters who moves into our house to look after things.  (Normally this couple lives in a basement suite of their kids’ house…we pay them to move into our house.  We consider it a win-win situation for both of us!  They earn a few bucks and get their own house for the winter and we drive away without a second thought to our house and possessions!  This year we are leaving in December, which sounds like a long ways off but you know how time flies…in a blink of the eye we will be pulling out…and I NEED to be prepared!  Looks like I got a little side tracked…:o))

Anyways, wool work is the easiest and most portable project to work on while driving down the freeway in our truck and it is the most forgiving!  If my stitches are ‘rough’ I can always say that I am going for the PRIM look!

This morning I am going to show you how I prep a simple wool project…

I have reversed my pattern pieces and traced them onto the smooth side of Heat and Bond Lite.  I then ironed the H & B onto the back of my wool  and using the trace lines as a guide I cut out the wool shapes.  (I use Heat and Bond Lite to stabilize the wool and keep it from fraying).

I get out my package of Mylar…a clear sheet of plastic. 

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I lay the piece of Mylar/clear plastic on top of my pattern layout sheet (look closely…can you see the piece of plastic…see the reflection of my over head lamp?)  and begin to place the wool pieces where they are suppose to go…

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I pull off the Heat and Bond backing and place the pieces onto the Mylar and pattern layout sheet….

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When everything is in place…I take Roxanne’s Glue…

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and glue everything into place.  A little dab will do you!

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There everything is in place…now I can put my mylar plastic and wool pieces somewhere safe while the glue dries! I just pick it up and move it…freeing up my work space!

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When it’s dry, I can lift off the whole shebang and place it ….

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…on the backing fabric.

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Then using Roxanne’s glue and a little dab will do you, I glue it into place!

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No pins are needed!  When the glue is dry, it will go into a tote with needle, scissors, and threads, all ready for me to stitch while traveling!  This wee lamb will be one part of a Christmas table topper that I am making.  This is a pretty simple wool applique project but you can see that if you have a lot of wee wool pieces, the Mylar on top of the layout sheet helps you to place each piece of wool in the correct spot.  Nothing is worse than getting things glued down wonky…unless of course, you are going for the PRIM look! haha

This sheep pattern is called ‘Daffi Dancing’ by Applepatch Designs… but as I said, I am using it in a Christmas table topper with other Christmas motifs…I’ll be showing you more as I go!  You can find Applepatch patterns HERE…and they are sweet!!  As you can see it’s more of a Spring design…

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Have a thrilling Thursday and Happy Stitching!~P

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Ever Wonder?

Ya’ gotta love Pinterest~

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I wonder every day…:o)))

And I love this one~

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Have a wicked Wednesday and happy stitching!~P

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Rated PG….

This PG project is not for the weak of heart!  It is rated PG, not because it’s for adults only but because it’s PRIMITIVE GATHERINGS FREE BOM …so many wee little pieces!  Glynis is a trooper…she has been hard at work on this wee…and I do mean WEE…topper ever since PG started their anniversary sew-along!

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Glynis chose the wool and cotton version of the BOM.  For those of you who don’t do wool or applique, PG is offering a totally pieced version!  VERY generous of them!

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It’s not too late for you to join in the fun…the FREE pattern is on PG’s right hand sidebar just waiting for YOU to download!

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Hurry over NOW!!  Part SIX is coming soon!

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But be warned…this is SMALL, really, really small!

Thanks for sharing, Glynis!  As usual, your work is the bomb!  Or should I say DYNOMITE!!  It’s small but mighty and has big impact!

Have a terrific Tuesday and happy Quilting!~P