Hello my lovelies. It’s already Thursday. Where the heck did the rest of the week go??? I know I say this often but I really can’t believe how quickly time flies. Very rarely can I say I’ve had day that dragged on. They all just seem to whizz by.
I spent the morning in Costco. We were desperate for a few household supplies. I just kept putting it off every week. So, today I had no excuse. My list was getting longer and longer every week. We came home with a little car full of household products and one or two treats. I felt absolutely exhausted after running that errand. So, I decided to do something quiet this afternoon.
I sat down at my dining table and started prepping a block. Beth from St. Louis asked a question about my method of hand appliqué. So, rest assured Beth, I will do my best to add more info about how I prep my patches and how I tack them to the background fabric over the next week or so. I have plenty of blocks to piece before I hit my target to be able to finish this quilt. Here’s a couple of blocks I have been working on ….
I pin all my patches in place and the I tack them. This way they don’t move on the background fabric. It might seem like a lot of work but this is tried and tested method that works really well for me. Once all the patches are tacked in place I can start the process of fine hand appliqué.
I think the best part of the prepping process is laying the patches out on the background. It shows you how the picture is coming together. In this photo the freezer paper and templates haven’t been removed yet. I’m hoping to pin and tack these patches in place this evening.
At the risk of repeating myself, for many years I stayed away from appliqué work of any kind because I was work shy. I worried that I wouldn’t do a good job. I started with a little raw edge machine appliqué many years ago and I’ve built up my skills over the years. Now I draw my own blocks and design my own quilts!!! I used to be afraid to show anyone my work because I didn’t think it was good enough. And then one day all that changed because I showed someone a little bit of my work and they really liked it. We all have different tastes. I know that we quilt makers know what kind of effort goes into building a quilt from scratch. And I’m quite sure that not everyone likes what I do but they appreciate the effort that went into it. So, if you have a hankering to do some appliqué work from scratch, do have a go. It’s very satisfying be able to say that a project is your baby from start to finish.
It’s been raining today but my Sarah and I didn’t let that get us down. This afternoon we both sat in the living room catching up of our favourite TV shows while we worked on our projects. It was warm and cosy and we had a few good laughs. Nowadays life is a joy. I’ll always choose joy. Life is a precious gift made for living 😉
So, I guess that’s my report for today. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something that brings you joy and happiness. Until next time,
Let’s all keep on stitching.