December was the month of applique. WOW, lots of applique. This is my first time to do applique "for real" I played around with it a little when I first got my new machine. But I wasn't entirely sure what I was doing was "right" or even how to make my poor attempt better. So, this really was a fun month of learning for me.
For these blocks, I decided to make the backgrounds cream, so the applique would stand out better. But I still wanted my "main green" to be the focal feature of each block. I'm not an expert yet, but I'm a lot better and I'm pretty pleased with how the blocks turned out.
|Blocks 19, 20 & 21|
Block 19: Orange Windows
Block 20: Circles
|With this block the edges are finished or turned under. Harder than the simple raw edge method. I chose Cheater Needle Point Applique as my method to turn my edges under. Mainly, because I thought it would be the easiest method for me to do. And it was pretty easy. I liked it. But I definitely think that in the future, when the situation arises that I need/want to applique something, it's RAW EDGE with Heat N Bond all the way!|
Block 21: Applique Pattern of Choice. I chose Tulip Trees
|With a list of blocks to choose from, I chose Tulip Trees. It just so happened that the block that I thought was the prettiest, also looked the easiest. Sheer coincidence on that one! I really like the way it turned out, color choices and such. BUT I used an orange washable crayola marker to mark my fabric ... and I'm less than thrilled at how it looks after my attempt to hand wash it. yes, I know I could serge the edges and throw it in the washing machine. But I decided not to mess with it anymore. It'll have to wait until it's quilted and washed before it's orange free. I did go to walmart later that night to get an invisible ink marker. I'm finished with the orange mess.|