I am still doing unit construction to create the circle circle units I need for the borders of my Flower Pots project. But finally, I have decided to begin sewing finished circle circle units to the top border. Yippee!!! ; ) I’m making progress!!!
During my November Flower Pots class at Cloth & Bobbin, one of the student’s asked how I get such smooth finished edges on my applique shapes? Then she turned over the piece. I have asked the students to refrain from looking at the backs of my blocks… I did not START this way! I have been doing hand applique for about eight years now, I think?! My skills have evolved enough for me to feel comfortable stitching and I enjoy the entire process of hand applique. I remember asking my (BEST EVER!) Mother-In-Law if applique shapes are to look like they’re floating on the surface of the background block or like they’re a part of it? I believe she was a bit flummoxed at my query. She said, “Either. It depends on the look you’re going for.” During classes with teachers like; Karen Kay Buckley, Jane Townswick (no blog or website), Sharon Schamber and Becky Goldsmith it has been reinforced the stitches you make are to be small. You’re only to catch a thread or two with each stitch and take your next stitch a couple threads away from where you just stitched. OK. I listened to all that. I practiced and I am satisfied with my results. Remember, it’s taken me eight’ish years. So, it’s daunting for a beginner to look at the back of my hand applique blocks. Here’s what they see…
Two down, only 38 more to go! ; )
Enjoy your Monday. Make time to take a few stitches!