Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Work in Progress Wednesday

I'm jumping in on the WIP Wednesday reports. Mostly because we settle on the new house in 3 weeks. So I don't think I'm going to get much finished in the way of quilting. Here's my real work in progress.
I have a whopping 8 boxes packed! In my defense, we had 5 people staying here this weekend for an early Christmas. So now I can get to the real packing.
But, it can't be all work right? Here's the fun projects I have in progress.
This tablecloth needs to come off and be trimmed. I can never seem to buy the right size. Does this happen to you or is it just me???
My playmat from Moda/Everyday Celebrations is underway. And let me tell you, I don't know how to applique so this is a pretty ghetto method underway. You can see my pinning in the "jump" block in the middle. I didn't use stabilizer, just freezer paper for cutting. I have at least switched to fabric glue and not pins.
A close up of "hop" shows how lumpy it is! I watched some videos on applique, but these letters and numbers were so small that I couldn't iron the edges under. At least not at my skill level!
So it's just raw edged.  I figure it's going to get played with and jumped on so it's okay to be a little rough right? Thank goodness we have an applique workshop coming up next week at PMQG. I need the education! Anyone else have a project like this that they totally made up their own method?


AnneMarie said...

Joann's carries a product called Heat'N'Bond "Lite" I think - it is fusible web for appliques. It would be perfect for letters like yours. You iron it on the WS of your shape, cut out the shape, peel the paper backing off, and the iron it onto the foundation. It holds everything in place so you can stitch around the shape to secure it.

If you haven't tried it already, it will make you actually enjoy applique!

AnneMarie said...

Ok, sorry....I didn't see where it said you had to approve it for the comment to be visible. NOW - I see it!

The first time I was like "HEY-I just left a really long and helpful comment and it disappeared into blogspace?" Anywho, sorry for bombarding your inbox.

Elizabeth Dackson said...

Adorable playmat! And I adore Heat n Bond, and I also like Steam-a-Seam 2 and Steam-a-Seam Lite, both work great for applique.

Lane said...

I always buy the wrong size tablecloth, but that's because I'm cheap and would rather hem than pay full price. So, I do that all the time. On the applique, use a piece of plain white printer paper behind it when you do your sewing. You'll sew to the paper and then pull the paper off. It will keep everything nice and flat for you because the thread can't pull the fabric in...the paper is too stiff. Enjoy, but I don't envy your packing to do. Lane

SplendidlyImperfect said...

I think you're farther along on the packing than I was three weeks out. I just Saran Wrapped all the stuff that was in drawers shut in their drawers and everything else got shoved into boxes, still in their boxes/baskets if necessary. Terrible.

Anonymous said...

adorable quilt...good luck with the move!

Lee said...

That play mat is just adorable! I love it! I think you're doing a GREAT job considering you're not using fusible. That stuff is a life saver.

Great tip from quiltfool about the white paper behind it. I'll have to remember that.

Lee said...

Oh, I almost forgot: THANKS for linking up with WIP Wednesday! Come back next week too! : )


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