I have spent the last couple of weeks working on perfecting my appliqué skills. Most often I do raw edge fusible appliqué by machine. I have done some hand appliqué that requires you to turn under the edges but kept to very simple pieces. I just was not very good at more complicated appliqués with curves and points. Why, was the question. So this past couple of weeks I decided to really work on that and see if I could not manage that skills better.
I decided to use Floriani Stitch N Wash Fusible a water soluble tearaway. It seemed easier than using freezer paper that has to be pulled out. It can be left in and over time it softens. I am making a table runner, so I am not concerned with the pieces being a little bit stiffer. Plus I did cut away the center of the flowers fusible as additional pieces would be added on top of it.
Well, I found I was pretty successful. So I am off to see how all this goes.
Things are moving along really well. Tools of the trade, especially those two Appliquick Dual-Ended Rods and the trusty glue stick.
I finished dealing with the remaining 12 Spinning Spool blocks this past week. These did not have the dot wedges on them. So I just sewed them into this table topper and did a fast quilting job. It is now on my dining table.
The garden is overflowing with quash. Eating, freezing, and give away to neighbors. They literally grow overnight. So far the neighbors are still willing to take some off our hands. They really do look pretty.
Wow, this one came out nice as well! What a difference the wedges make! :)ReplyDelete
The spool blocks are so fun! Great finish. Good luck with the appliqué project. I love the look, but hate dealing with the securing. Thanks for linking up, good luck with your next list of goals!ReplyDelete
I love squash! Sometimes one can be overwhelmed... Nice photo!ReplyDelete
Applique is all I do...piecing squares and triangles
drives me crazy. Your applique looks really good.
Lovely squash...haven't eaten squash before...I'll
have to give it try. Have a great day!
You do such beautiful work. So talented.ReplyDelete
I love sauteed squash. Yummy.
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I tend to shy away from applique right now. I simply need to have projects that go together quickly since my quilting and project time is short. As for the squash...I've been the recipient of some vege and squash door ditches this past week from neighbors. I'm not complaining. We use them. Happy quilting! -AndreaReplyDelete
Overflowing with cucumbers and yellow squash here, too--I just keep passing them on as fast as they grow! (I picked 14 cukes this morn!)ReplyDelete
Hi DonnaleeQ! I hope you and your family had a nice 4th! I am proud of you for tackling appliqué again. And admitting that you were successful!! YAY. I have done a bit of the turned under type but only for special people. Like my little one's baby quilts that I knew were going to be washed a million times. HAHA! Great job. Your squash look yummy - it's my favorite time of year. ~smile~ RoseanneReplyDelete
That's the thing about squash--they just keep multiplying! Glad you have neighbors who will take them. Meanwhile it looks like you are really progressing with your applique skills! Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.ReplyDelete
Your squash look delicious! It's usually zucchini in Hubby's garden in the summertime! As always, your handiwork is gorgeous :)ReplyDelete
It's great to see your link at 'My Corner of the World' this week!
Your first pic reminds me of an egg... haha!ReplyDelete
Love the Table topper you made - I just love lots of color!
so awesome that you are fine tuning your appliqué skills! I'm a raggy edge fusible girl myself. congrats on the table topper finish and your squash look yummy!ReplyDelete
I have a friend who uses a similar technique for turned edge hand stitched applique, using a leave-in stabilizer from Mark Sherman where you're using the Floriani. I have been wanting to try it that way myself, once I get caught up with all of my WIPs. Your appliqué, spinning spools, and squash all look great!ReplyDelete
My go to for applique, Floriani. It washes out and disappears like magic leaving your applique soft and beautiful.ReplyDelete
I need to make up some of my applique so I have hand work in the car for a trip next week.ReplyDelete
I'm not keen on doing applique, but I love quilts made by others. Good luck with your skill building. It will pay off. Congrats on getting the remaining spool blocks into a finished top. Happy stitching this week.ReplyDelete
Lovely appliquéd pieces, it's going to be a pretty project. Love your spools the way you assembed them, bright and beautiful table topper!ReplyDelete
Thank you for linking up ;)
I'll be interested to see how the Floriani Stitch N Wash Fusible works out for you. Love your string quilt. Thank you for linking up last week.ReplyDelete
Looks yummy.we used to make squash casseroles and freeze for easy dinners. Never get tired of squash.yum. nice table quiltReplyDelete