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The ladybugs are so cute!
Geraniums are pretty much a winter plant here unless you take them inside in the summer. I'm pretty much limited my planting to desert flowers. There are some beautiful ones. Lots of pretty yellow lantana blooming now.
Great double pinwheel quilt. Very colorful. Should make the baby notice.
Sometimes Bob strings those robo-callers along and sometimes he just answers "Maricopa County Jail, How can I help you?" They hang up.
Cathy (cacnurse1) said:
sometimes he just answers "Maricopa County Jail, How can I help you?"
I remember you telling us that once before. I thought it was so brilliant that, for a while, I was answering our robo-calls in my very best professional voice with "California Department of Corrections. How may I direct your call?" It was very satisfying. :-)
If I understand your reverse applique, you turned under your background fabric and appliqued it to the butterfly fabric? Was it easier or more difficult than your regular needleturn?
Your clay figures should be fun to have in your garden. Should they be durable for the winter or will you need to bring them in?
Pirate (PIRATE_SR) said:
"California Department of Corrections. How may I direct your call?" It was very satisfying. :-)
It gets a pretty immediate hang up..........
I did an experiment last winter with polymer clay "applique" that had been baked on very smooth river rocks and they survived quite well. I had coated the rocks with a layer of polymer clay first so it was clay-to-clay adhesion. I don't see why these should not work. There were days when the temperatures got down well below zero degrees so I guess this colorful plastic product can survive Ohio winter weather.
You have the concept exactly correct.
Regular applique: cut out a shape, apply to the top of the base fabric. The applique sits *on top* of the fabric.
Reverse applique: Place applique fabric UNDER the base fabric. Cut a shape from the base fabric only (creating a hole); the applique fabric is now visible.. Turn under the edges of the shape. The "applique" sits *behind* (under) the base fabric.
My opinion so far: it's an interesting technique. I'm not sure if there is a specific situation where it would be preferred over standard applique. It does give a different texture, since the applique sits under the base fabric. Hmmm .. maybe if you were to mix the two techniques on the same piece, you might get a unique visual, with the different layers.
BUT, it's tedious (for me). The small shapes (of this butterfly) are obnoxious to turn the edges under. For standard applique, when I have small, obnoxious shapes, I use a water-soluable, fusible interfacing to cut the shape out of, to create a stand alone applique shape, which I then plop down onto the base fabric. Also, I think part of my dissatisfaction is the looser weave of my base fabric ... little snippets of the weave come unraveled. I think a tighter weave in the base fabric would make the method easier.
I'm not entirely certain I'll attempt a second piece; I'm just not that in love with the process.