oh, it's not a bad thing! My Lollypop Quilt is on it's way to MQX in New Hampshire. Yeah! it was accepted into that show too, and Jeanne gets to showcase her work.
And me , I'm heading to Lancaster next weekend with some of the sisters....for some misbehavin'. Ok, maybe it's for the Quilter Heritage Celebration, but we will certainly fit in some laughter and mischief too. So I worked on picking out fabric for my class with Lisa DeBee Schiller this weekend and getting organized around the house.....a losing battle I'm afraid.
I also prepped the next Aunt Millie's block. It took me some time, I had to break through that "should I stop at six?"barrier. But finally, I have and now we are on to the newest block
I very often get questions about how I prep my applique....so here it is:
for this quilt I am using heat resistant mylar template. I cut the templates the finished size of the pieces.
Then I cut the fabric 1/8" larger than the template.
I apply liquid starch to the seam allowance with a q-tip or paint brush and then I use by little clover iron to fold the seam allowance over the template and leave the iron on til the starch dries. This leaves a nice crisp edge that does not come unfolded from handling.
I find if I use my regular iron for the seam allowance I need to turn the heat down a bit, the mylar can get a little wrinkly from the heat of the big iron. I also find that my fancy french manicure does not always agree with the heat, so I sometimes use a bamboo skewer to hold the seam allowance in place when I'm working the piece.
I like this method cause when I lay the block out I can place everything exactly where it's going to go and not worry about fitting later on.
I use Roxanne's glue to glue most of the big pieces down but I don't like to use it on the bias stems.
When I finishing applique-ing a block , I rinse it gently to get the starch and glue out and block it to dry it.
So there you go....thats just me, you do what works best for you....
Hugs and Stitches!