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What Are You Working On Now?   General Discussion

Started 11/19/17 by MarciainMD; 642560 views.

I have attached 1.5 rows together on my forever project, it actually wasn't too bad as I had anticipated.  Then I got side tracked on practice quilting.  I don't know that the quilting is getting better, but I'm definitely getting more comfortable.  On this quilt I used it like a sampler, quilting something different on each row.  I even outlined the dolls in one block and was pleased to see that I've improved on my hand-eye coordination.  And that is going to be critical when I quilt the Christmas applique.  Eventually....

5dogmom (CRISR5)

From: 5dogmom (CRISR5)


BRAVO!  And a standing ovation in Montana!

Cris in MT



From: judyinohio


Looks very good, Dee. 

By "getting more comfortable" that means that you are having fun while you work, right?  I know that sometimes I would find myself "forgetting to breathe" because I was concentrating too hard ...

getting more comfortable in that I'm not agonizing and over thinking every single stitch.  I did watch a video today where someone was using a ruler to help guide the foot while outline applique.  I think I'm going to try that  and outline some novelty fabrics next.  I really don't want to glob thread onto the surface of the applique, so I want to have really good control.  I also want to try practicing feathers as fills.  so those two things are my next "assignment" I've made for myself.

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)


Dee, may I make a personal recommendation for stitching around appliques?   Years ago, I "found" this longarm tool and have found it extremely helpful.  It's called an "appliglide" and was created by Deloa Jones.   

Here's the video to watch:

One end of the oval tool has an open ended "hook".  You place your longarm foot *inside* the hook.  You hold onto the oval part of the template and use it kinda like a flat handle to move your machine head around the edge of the applique.   It gives you close-in manueverability, rather like micro-handles at the needle level.  The underside of the tool is beveled so that it will glide up and over adjacent appliques and not get hung up.

As a bonus, I inadvertently discovered that the outer curved edges of the oval part are perfect for using as a curved template.  I particularly like to use this tool to stitch Continuous Curves/Orange Peel designs!  That outer curve is just the right shape!    I know that Deloa had no intention of this tool being used as a curved shape template, **but it works**!  :-)

OH!  and if you like the look of cables/rope designs, she also has a multi-part template that makes stitching this complicated design an absolute breeze.  I also have this template from her and it makes me look soooooooooooooooooooo good!

Not affiliated but a very happy camper with these two tools of hers.  Highly recommended.

hmm, you know I have something similar by handiquilter.  but I haven't used it in a while, I need to try it again.  It's more like a small stick with a hole in it, not as wide as that one.  Thanks for the recommendation, that does look like a possibility.

That is a lot of tiny pieces, good for you to keep going and finish!!!

Cathy (cacnurse1)

From: Cathy (cacnurse1)


bornblesse2 said:

the center of my Dear Jane is now ONE piece!

One amazing accomplishment.  Completing the border blocks shouldn't be so daunting, but then what do I know about a Dear Jane quilt.

Cathy (cacnurse1)

From: Cathy (cacnurse1)


judyinohio said:

If someone had told you that total before you started you would never have picked up the first piece of fabric ....

She started out making a smaller quilt, maybe a wall hanging and then got caught up in it.  The blocks are wonderful to see in person.  Hard to capture it all in our photos.