After another morning with a long walk searching for the shop that sells envelopes and pens, I’m tired. Even after a brief nap, it’s almost too much to formulate words for my online Scrabble games, or really pay attention to the news as it unfolds (again and again) on BBC World News, the only English language TV station we receive. Two other posts begun and not finished…..and a response to being nominated for a blogging award…….. but not now.
Time to sit quietly and work on my hand applique project – the only quilting I can do until our air shipment arrives, with my sewing machine and the cornucopia of colourful projects I packed in it. I am very close to having the preparations all done and decided to take a few photos of the process, to show you my method.
I love hand applique. I find it very relaxing, and also extremely portable, especially on trips when you have hours to while away in airports and on planes. I’m not a big fan of watching movies in the air, as I find that all types of earphones and headsets make my head ache. so I read or work puzzles or sew. And while I love the applique part of it, I hate all the steps involved in many methods. I get very bored tracing out 78 leaves on paper and cutting them out, drawing the pattern on the front of the base fabric and then having trouble covering all the lines.
I use a variation of back basting, taught to me by Mary Milne of Patchwork Creations in Aberdeen, Scotland. When I met Mary in 2008, she and her daughter ran a divine little quilt shop. They have since turned it into a web-based business, and specialize in original patterns and kits. It was a quiet day, and Mary was working on an applique block for a class she would be teaching in the fall. I was intrigued by her method, and she graciously showed me what she was doing. I even went back the following day to clarify a few points.
The great thing about this is that you can set up a whole block, or most of it, before beginning the hand applique. This way, all you need is needle, thread, and something to cut the threads. No tiny pieces to lose under your airplane seat. Even overlapping pieces are no problem, as I discovered when I did my large applique quilt featured on my blog header. With this project, I’m waiting to put the vines and end leaves on until the first ones are stitched, so they don’t get in the way.
The project I’m working on is called “Branches Entwined” and was featured in Quilter’s World Magazine. There is pieced sashing and a scalloped border……. pieces in the aforementioned air shipment. If I get busy, I may be ready to begin when my machine arrives in April.
Hope you enjoy the photos…… I’m going to sit and stitch.