I’ve not been sewing very much. Betty Boop (otherwise known as my Janome sewing machine) is in the hospital and awaiting ordered parts. I hope to have her home soon, but there is no telling when. So, during this drought/heat season, I have been spending a whole lot of time with Ancestry and having fun pursuing family history.
Nevertheless, some hand work is happening.
To remind you of the Garden Baskets project, here is the flimsy that I am working on:
I have the borders and the vine stitched on. I am currently working on the hundreds of buds and a few other appliques.
I’ve drawn all of the parts onto freezer paper, ironed the freezer paper to the fabric, and cut out all of the shapes.
I am using the ‘freezer paper on top’ method. Why?
I don’t know…I just decided to do it that way. I have stitched as many of the shapes together as I can. In other words, stems and beaks and other parts are fitted together to make the whole before I stitch them to the quilt top.
The pieced kitty is pinned and ready to be stitched to the background.
The washout blue marker is my guideline for some embroidery to be applied.
One applique stitched down. Hundreds to go.
I know there are many…what is your favorite way to applique?
Garden Baskets Update and a Gif
Freezer paper on the back, hand baste to turn under via Mimi Dietrich’s method. Perfect curves and valleys every time. I took her Craftsy class.
I have used the freezer paper on the back, but I have not tried Mimi’s method. I know about basting appliques from other quilters. 🙂
Well, you know me the Traditional Quilter! The only thing I do different is to purchase 8 1/2″ x 11″ precut freezer papers and then run the pattern through the printer – saves the time in tracing. Then I cut the pieces out and iron them on the right side of the material – just like you do.
I trace around the paper to give me at least 1/4″ (can trim when appliquéing) around the pieces.
I have done back basting, but only on quilts that have large pieces.
This is going to be a beautiful quilt. Hugs and Happy Belated 4th!
I don’t bother tracing around the paper…just use the paper as a guide for needle turn. There are so many ways to applique! Fun! 🙂 Clever idea to use the printer!
PS – I am a no glue person! LOL
I don’t normally use glue, either, but I did to help me keep the vine in place while I machine stitched it down (before Betty Boop went to the hospital).
I hope that you’ve been enjoying learning more about your ancestry! I enjoyed learning more about the method behind how you’re making the basket. I’d never heard of the ‘freezer paper on top method’ before but it looks really interesting.
I am definitely having fun with the ancestry search! I don’t want to stop, but I really must get on with some neglected things.
There are all sorts of ways to applique…it is good to have choices! 🙂
I do different methods depending on the shape I think. I have one of those stem makers, and love that. Those I use a bit of glue on. Leaves depend on my mood, freezer paper on the front, on the crack or drawing on the fabric. Little circles I baste and pull around card stock, then iron…I am a mess!
I also do different methods, Kathy, so if you are a mess, then so am I! Ha, ha! I have various sizes of plastic circles that I can use to baste berries, etc., and let’s not forget fusing appliques…I’ve done lots of that, too! 🙂
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I read Katy’s recent post about using the back basting method for applique: https://katyquilts.net/2021/07/04/slow-stitching-sunday-back-basting-applique/ My head is spinning just thinking about all the different methods there are for stitching one piece of fabric on top of another!
I’m currently following a pattern which is a mix of EPP and applique. I’m finding hand stitching the EPP flowers to the background is a bit awkward with the stiff papers still in place but they do help me keep the shapes even.
I have seen Katy’s method done before, and it is a good method. It is so nice to have choices since not all methods fit all projects, or project makers. 🙂
This is going to be a stunning quilt! I use the freezer paper method on top and use the edge of the paper as my folding/stitching guide. I can’t wait to see the finished product! 🙂
Sounds like you applique with freezer paper the same as I do.
I work at a snail’s pace for sure, so I can guarantee I won’t be finished anytime soon. Just stick with me. 🙂
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