Thursday, March 27, 2014
I am crocheting the blocks together in rows horizontally now; 4 rows done, three
to go--I am doing one row/day; next time though, I would butt the wrong sides together and have the slightly ridged rows on the FRONT...but this is how you learn, n'est pas???
AND HERE IS MY BACK TO QUILTING PROJECT FOR ALL OF YOU WHO WERE WONDERING IF I WAS EVER COMING BACK TO QUILTING:
(and no, it's not an old unfinished one....big surprise...haha!)
Here is the pattern I downloaded from my internet search BUT
I have to thank Cathy for her inspiring posts of her re-make of her Grandmother's old butterfly quilt. AND my longing for Spring weather...and don't butterflies really mean SPRING???
And also you may notice that this is an APPLIQUE pattern. And I am notoriously lacking in applique skills...on which topic I have lamented to you repeatedly!
BUT--I got a new book--by Tonye Belinda Phillips called: "Hand Appliqued Quilts" Beautiful Designs and Simple Techniques" that just told me in no uncertain terms that "You CAN do it!" Her easy, no-nonsense approach and free-form patterns I just am LOVING.
Here are my freezer paper/starch/prepared butterflies:
AND here are my new "best friends" in the applique world:
My Dritz mini iron, my sharp scissors and my stiletto to help me turn these seams over and just a little to the right a snippet of my spray starch....
AND her are the first results
My little work station and the first turned butterflies--oh--I am so excited! It really works! I did try glue stick first and needleturn--but they just do not give me the same results. I know this may be Old News to you applique mavens out there...but this is the first real success I have had with those "pesky" outer curves that have stymied me for so long....
And here is my favorite butterfly so far--they are all batiks and I have no idea how I will set them--but that will be the fun part!
I guess being a stubborn Taurus has its benefits--as a May birthday gal I just get onto something and stick to it--not always good, but in this case--merveilleux!!
Hugs to all, Julierose, La Blageuse