Sunday, April 22, 2012

Good Folks For the My Precious Quilt Along

Ok, so I just threw a few blocks of what I am making for the My Precious Quilt Along onto my design wall for a quick photo to post at least one progress shot.  In reality, today I am trying to catch up with my Bee commitments, mailing commitments and long arm commitments.  I should probably not sign up for bees/swaps because I tend to do things in my own time in spits and spurts and have never been really good at doing personal work on a schedule.  I try and then I get all stressed out about it and am in general all over the place.  Sorry, if you haven't already noticed, I'm like that with comments and emails too.  I want to be that person that responds to everyone in a timely fashion, but often it has to do with me trying to over think a response and then I end up not responding.  Yep, my tendency in life is to either do things in absolute full measure or somehow fail to do anything at all!  I'm going to improve on this in future...

So, this is where I am at with my precious Good Folks fabrics that I have been hoarding for a while.  I decided on using another QuiltSmart pattern called "Pumpkin Seeds".  It is made also using the fusible interfacing but in a different method.  It is made by sewing the fabric onto the opposite side of the fusible interfacing, trimmed and then turning it inside out so that the gluey part of the fusible can then be ironed onto the background.  Once it is pressed on you applique stitch around each one in your preferred method.  I chose to try out a clear monofilament thread using a zigzag stitch.  It is my first time using a clear thread for applique.  The reason I have avoided it in past was because it sort of intimidated me for some reason.  Not sure why, but also I avoided it because I have been told that it can damage your sewing machine.  Well, I have since found out that that is true only according to older monofilaments made of nylon.  They used to be brittle, had a low melting point and would wear your machine parts by cutting into them with use.  Newer products (I have recently discovered the superiority of Superior Threads) are made of polyester--not nylon.  I am using one by Superior called MonoPoly.  Although I had a rough start using it--I was having trouble winding it onto the bobbin--I think it is working very well now and will use this technique much more in future now.

9 comments:

kelly said...

i've never heard of that method for applique, but i'm very interested in trying it out! that's going to be a beautiful quilt. and, i totally know what you mean about bee commitments... i'm only in ours and it's still hard for me to get a block done each month.

Danny Heyen said...

Love it! I'm a huge fan of AMH. I have two half yard bundles of Folksy Flannel just waiting to be cut into!

Jenny said...

You know me and curves and I LOVE how this is going together, your fabric is to die for!!

Katy Cameron said...

Cool, that's the method I'm using for the circles in my My Precious quilt too! Hadn't even thought of using the monofilament for that, although I do have some to try quilting with. Hmmmmm....

Annie said...

I love your fabrics and your blocks so far! Your method of applique is looking perfect too! I can't really say I agree with your statements regarding monofilament thread though. I've been using it for years (ever since it came on the market) without any trouble with the thread or my machine. I suppose it could be possible that I have just been lucky.

FarahLin said...

Hi, I've stopped by from 'My Precious QAL ' flickr group and I love surfing your blog! Your quilts are lovely and I love your choice of fabrics. Your 'precious' quilt is gonna look amazing!

franie-jay said...

Hi Jeanette, That sounds like a really quick and clever way to applique. I found this post over at "For the love" blog, where she just sews the pieces on and they gently fray which looks nice too. Post is here http://forthelovequilts.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/1-down.html
Cheers from Fran.

Violette Severin said...

I love the effect created by these bright fabrics. I, too, am terrible at swaps/bees so I don't even bother signing up anymore. Every time I start a swap there is a medical issue to be addressed and I have to stop sewing for awhile. Very annoying.

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

This is so smart -- I love it!

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