|Nine of Twelve blocks - fused, bordered, and stitched|
As I mentioned awhile ago I have been working on a big applique project - Spirit of the Northwoods from the book of the same title by Debbie Fields. When I see a quilt I like I usually do some research on the internet and see what other quilters have done with the same pattern. I was not able to find a single example of all 12 blocks set in a quilt -- just a few blocks done as a wall hanging. I'm flying blind!
Almost all of the appliques have been cut from scraps. I trace the shapes I need onto light fusible paper and make clusters of the ones I want to be of the same fabric. That way I have an approximate idea of what size scrap I need to find and also I don't lose some of the teeny tiny pieces.
Then I take a deep breath and do a swan dive into my scrap bin -- which is a canvas tote that my 3 year old daughter can comfortably sit in! Then when I have what I want I use my big sharp scissors to do the cutting. Most of the pieces are tricky and pointy and fiddly to cut but I find that the extra blade length on the scissors allows for smoother cutting, as long as you pay attention to your twists and turns.
More on stitching later!
You know me, I'll probably have bounced to a different project by the time I get back to do another post.