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What Are You Working On Now?   General Discussion

Started 11/19/17 by MarciainMD; 477476 views.

aww, well thanks.  I appreciate that.  I did finally send my strings to Jo (after 3 months - geesh time flies, would have sworn it was just last month and not May when I promised to send them).

I did go ahead and purchase the Kaleidoscopes patterns from Mary Corbet.  I have always loved mandala type patterns.  Isn't this one amazing!

I'm going to try and make myself wait until my Christmas applique project is embellished before I start any of these tho.  I already have two hand projects - I need to finish one of them before I start another.  and maybe itching to start these will keep me moving.  blush 

I've gotten a little discouraged on the Christmas applique - the prepared edge applique is very portable and you can tell about the color mix of the fabrics very well.   But good golly, stitching through several layers of glued/starched batik is nerve wracking.  I'm constantly worried that I'll either break the needle, shred the thread, or the thimble will slip and stab the back through my thumb.  Not very enjoyable.  I've stopped using the batiks for the leaves, hoping the regular cotton will work better.  And I cut down on the amount of glue I'm using also.  learn as you go.  But I have two blocks partially done, I don't want to remove the batiks so I'm just gritting my teeth and pushing on.

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

Aug-3

That's embroidery?????  Holy moley... it's *gorgeous*   WOW 

hehehehe.  Really dear PIrate, you need to go spend some time on her site.  Just watch a few videos (she said knowingly....)

https://www.needlenthread.com/videos

read some blog posts too, she posts the most gorgeous close ups.

https://www.needlenthread.com/2021/07/embroidered-grapes-outlining.html

I really do feel like I'm peering down into a rabbit hole, I could so get lost in those colors and patterns.  You guys may have to remind me at some point that I'm a quilter.

Suze (casuzenn)

From: Suze (casuzenn)

Aug-3

what glue are you using? I have found there is a difference using the glue from Appliquick...stuff is expensive, but the needle goes right thru it - way better than the Sew-Line brand in the pen holder from the LQS or the washable glue sticks from the big box stores.. Plus it stays wet longer, allowing for more adjustment time.

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)

Aug-3

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:

Appliquick

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.  

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