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What Are You Working On Now?   General Discussion

Started 11/19/17 by MarciainMD; 502623 views.

Here's the applique block I'm struggling with. 
The white canes aren't batik but I did have to double the fabric to prevent the seams from showing.  The red strips are batik and the green is also.  I think I have 6 or 7 more red stripes, but at least I'm out of the center where the canes crossed and were on top of the leaves.  I'm going to soak it to remove the glue/starch then done, then check to make sure I caught everything sufficiently.  There were places where it was so stiff I only caught one or two threads and I'm worried those won't hold once the glue is gone.

This one I did in regular fabric and limited the glue and starch, hoping it stitches easier.  The guy at the LQS looked at me kind of funny when I walked up with 5 bolts of green and wanted 1/4 yard from each.

He hasn't worked in a quilt shop very long if that surprises him.  Hah!  

hmm, that's a very good point.  I've been using Elmers in a needle applicator, which is difficult.  I have a couple more blocks to do, I'll try a different glue next time.  I haven't tired the appliquick glue, but the sticks have been fabulous,  this is the 1st project I've done since I got them.  I especially love the one with the flat paddle shape and the very pointy other end.  LOVE that thing.  I've been able to use it to gather small circles that were too small even to do the gathering stitch.

yeah, he wasn't very friendly either.  Not rude exactly, but not friendly.

Suze (casuzenn)

From: Suze (casuzenn)


the current project I am working on ( and have been working on for several years!) I used the Appliquick glue in class and switched to regular glue sticks when I got home.. I can tell the difference in which flowers/fruits are done with which glue.

I love the Appliquick tools too! I even got the fancy box from Kathy McNeil for Christmas last year that has foam cutouts for all of the tools..

Suze (casuzenn) said:


hmm, watched her video.  I had forgotten they used glue instead of starch and an iron.  I may try that on the next block.  I had used starch in a water color brush/pen and then used the tools to turn while I ironed with my small iron.  then dots of glue to attach to the background.  ON some I had used glue on the corners, which was a mistake.  

5dogmom (CRISR5)

From: 5dogmom (CRISR5)


Dee, I DID make it to the post office today, so expect a 9x12 white envelope soon.

GOOD for you for buying the mandala patterns!  I've watched her do them on her blog. but I know I'm not that painstaking.  They look like they'd fit right in your precision oriented mind though.

Sorry to learn your applique project isn't cooperating.  I don't do much applique, and what I do isn't nearly as painstaking (there's that word again) as what you, Pirate, and Ami accomplish.

I'm happy that we're all different!

Cris in MT


5dogmom (CRISR5)

From: 5dogmom (CRISR5)


Dee, I hear you chuckling maniacally!  And it's not wrong for you to be BOTH a quilter and an embroiderer!

Before I succumbed to a needle allergy (whether to sewing machine needles or hand stitching needles), I would "work" at my sewing machine in the afternoons and do hand work in the evenings.  And I still managed to get things done.

Cris in MT



From: Midkid5


Dee love your applique, candy canes look good enough to eat.  Going to be very festive when done.