As promised, I started on my Spring Sprouts quilt. Of course, I had to start with the appliqué blocks. So far so good... look at this!
|Spring Sprouts ~ Applique Blocks 1-4|
|Each block has a paper guide for placement|
|Silhouettes arranged on background fabric, ready to sew...|
|Note the dotted lines signify leaves and petals under stems|
|Note the criss cross marks the center of the design|
|Place an applique pressing sheet over paper|
Match Silhouettes to the arrangement.
Laser cut, pre-fused, easy... Applique HEAVEN!
Gently press in place, using a warm (not hot) iron.
|Press small crease in background at center of square|
|Gently remove fused shapes and transfer to background fabric|
|I planned to use my lovely Aurifil threads |
for the machine appliqué.
But, after watching Edyta's video
I decided to use invisible thread.
|My zig-zag stitching from the back|
Aurifil 50 wt in my bobbin
|Because of the invisible thread, you'll need extra light.|
|The front, Invisible thread... Amazing!|
|Stormy helps me sew...|
|So does Sox. |
He'd rather be outside chasing rabbits,
but not when it's minus18 degrees F !
|Life is good in my sewing room this morning!|
- She recommends cutting the background fabric to 9", then squaring up to 8.5". This give you a little wiggle room so you don't have to have your design perfectly centered on the background. If I had this to do over again, I would actually cut them at 9.5." I need more wiggle room!
- If you are using invisible thread, it's really important to turn down your top tension so that the thread floats and the bobbin thread doesn't pull from back to front.
- Consider using your acrylic sewing machine table as a light box (watch the video to see what I mean... ) I would have done this, but I don't have a strong enough light to shine thru this background. I'm going to email Laundry Baskets to see where she got that great little light.