I have a new project to show you today, plus I’m going to talk about a couple of new-to-me products that I’m enjoying. (No association, no compensation, etc.)
First, I actually have a design wall!
It is in the guest room, so it has to be something I can easily take down. I bought a Clover Design Layout Sheet from Amazon. It is so lightweight, it is hanging from straight pins stuck into the wall…so it will leave minimal holes. It has a super-duper microfiber texture that really grabs the fabric pieces. Down side — you’re advised not to iron it as it will reduce that grabbing ability. So I have creases.
As you can see, I have lots of sections yet to do. Here are close-ups of the ones I have done (or almost done):
Now for the True Confessions: I don’t do applique. I love the look of needle-turn applique, I have learned prepared applique using freezer paper…I still don’t do applique.
I really wanted to do a pattern from the book “Focus on Applique” by Irene Blanck. And I wanted it to look like needle turn, but dumbed down for me!
I decided to try Wash-Away Applique Sheets by C&T Publishing. You can get them on a roll, or in 8.5 x 11″ size sheets. I got the 8.5 x 11 so I could run them through the copier, saving a tracing step. They are fusible on one side, so you iron them unto the wrong side of your fabrics, then cut 1/4″ larger on all sides. Finger press the 1/4″ to the back of the applique piece and secure with a bit of glue. Then you would glue-baste the pieces to your background with tiny dots of glue, and secure with hand stitching.
This is going to be a wall hanging, so I don’t mind that there will be a bit of extra thickness in the applique’d pieces. I’ve read that the product softens in washing, but does not disappear or “wash away”. So far, it’s working well for me.
And finally, a picture from this past week:
Linking to Judy Laquidara’s Patchwork Times. Pop over to her blog to see what other quilters are working on.