Last week at this time, I was an applique virgin. Yes, I was…OH I had done a lot of machine applique…but never the REAL thing…NO not me!! So last Wednesday at Quilting in the Clubhouse I took the plunge and did the dirty deed…!
I did four different applique techniques before I found the moves that were just RIGHT for me.
I started with the traditional needle turn applique where you baste down the shape and needle turn as you go…it was good but the corners were tricky…(I guess I’m not as flexible as I once was..)
I moved to fusing freezer paper on the back and tuning the edge as you go and then pulling the paper through the last little space…(hmmm…getting more enjoyable….)
Then I fused light weight interfacing, cut in the shape and used as a template, turning the edge as I stitched…the act of applique was getting more enjoyable…(practice…practice…practice)
Finally on block 4 I fused TWO layers of freezer paper together then fused it to the back of the fabric and used spray starch to to adhere the edges down….(I heard music and saw fireworks!!) I have found my technique!!
My technique is messy~ AND I had to go and buy a little iron and a can of spray starch…but a small price to pay for satisfaction…. Besides I had a JoAnne’s coupon!
And be warned…this technique is not for the faint of heart…I had a burn within 10 seconds of beginning….NOT to mention a bad cut from the metal serrated edge of the freezer paper…but I just call them battle wounds and wear them with pride! Notice the labelling…YIKES! I guess they DO put them there for a reason!
So there you have it! They are looking a little primitive…
…but sweet none the less! The little middle squares still need to go on each basket. I will do that when I get REALLY good at corners.
Only 294 to go!! Sure hope I live to a nice ripe age!! haha
Have a wickedly wild Wednesday and Happy Quilting!~P