Ohhh I had fun yesterday! I threw caution to the wind and went for it…Sometimes when you haven’t done something before you just have to jump right in and hope for the best!! That’s what I did with the Donner and Blitzen quilt (a Jan Patek design)… and I got ‘er done!
I put a chocolate brown thread on my machine, moved my needle over to the left and put a more visible foot on my machine. I did this so that I could get as close to an 1/8” stitching line from the raw edge…(The raw edge isn’t turned under and the whole thing is ironed down using Heat ‘n Bond Lite.)
I raw edged appliqued this project…something that I had never done before!
I was worried about the antlers but they turned out great!
Slow and steady wins the race!
The actual raw edged stitching went fast…and in between swims, I was cool as a cucumber! Yes, it was another hot one here on the desert!
Then I auditioned sky borders…nope…
Nope…nope…nope…oooh yeah! (You can’t see it but that right check is green with a subtle red thread running through it!)
So this is where I ended…I still need to cut out and stitch FIVE stars to the top sky border and I also have to stitch the wee bird under the tree! But it was late and dinner had to be made…and in order for dinner to be made the ironing board and the cutting mat and all the auditioned fabric had to be put away(…in other words the RV looked like a BOMB had gone off)…my poor hubby!! Yes, I managed to make a nice dinner…with hardly any threads or Heat n’ Bond shavings in the mix! But then it wouldn’t be a meal without a few of those things to flavour up the pot..right?
SEW… am I happy with the RAW EDGE APPLIQUE?
Right now I LOVE IT!! It was FAST and easy… I love the look of the whole runner…I love the way you can SEE the stitching…especially on the antlers…and for something that is only going to be used as a wall hanging and for such a short time I think raw edged is GREAT choice!!
When I quilt it I will do either a tight meander or a tight loopty-loop and stars and a very gentle wash…and hope things turn out…!!
I really do love this sweet mat…and I’m happy that I stitched it this way!! Ask me again AFTER I have washed it!!
Have a SUNNY Sunday and Happy Stitching!~P