Saturday, January 13, 2018

Decision made

Okay!  So all evening and this morning, I kept thinking about this pattern.  I must have built a dozen houses in my sleep. LOL

So this is what I came up with.  My first thought was to do applique with the pattern/starch.  The next thought was that I would get the heat and bond and just slap the pattern down and go from there.  No, after thinking it over, this method would involve sitting at the machine and doing a buttonhole stitch - for a very long time.  I don't think so.  My back still hurts when I fell so I ruled that out.  I can use the heat and bond with something else.

I actually enjoy sitting and working applique in front of the TV - soooooo since I have all the gadgets and necessary tools to do this I guess I'm going to start with the starch method. 

Happy Quilting!

Friday, January 12, 2018


Well, I stopped.  I cut out the first piece which is water (1)  Okay, I kept looking at it.  Thank goodness I didn't cut it yet.  The piece was ironed down and ready to be cut with 1/4" - the more I thought about it the more I didn't do anything yet. 

So if I cut this out it means that I'm going to turn the edges with spray starch.  It kind of opened my eyes to how long is this is going to take me by this method.  So I went on line and I found sheets of bonding (new to me) and thought that should be the method I should use!  Heat and bond and slap it on the fabric, using a Teflon  sheet would work then I would have to stitch the whole thing with a blanket stitch?  Who cares? Right?  So it's a toss up, hand applique or blanket stitch by machine.  I guess I'm still debating the issue.  If I can copy the pattern on the bond I can cut and place on the fabric sounds like a good thing.  I'll have to wait till I get the  stuff  LOL

Talk to you tomorrow. :)

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Octopus quilt

Well, I didn't get too far today. LOL

So tomorrow I'm going to start my happy quilt.  I think that I'll have to order the glue pen, it went somewhere - it's hiding on me.    LOL I will practice first with two methods.  I would hate to screw it up.

Pearl's instructions for the applique is to iron two pieces of freezer paper to make the piece sturdier.  I'm not sure if I can iron this on my board or have to use my applique sheet.  I guess I'm going to find out quick!

One of my daughters made me the embroidered no fishing sign.  It was perfect.  I don't think I'd be able to do this.  Thank you Pam :)

Hopefully some pxs tomorrow!!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

The Octopuses Garden continued

Happy New Year to everyone! 

Too bloody cold out.  Trying to stay warm and cozy and thinking how I'm going to approach my new quilt.  I am still looking for another applique iron and some silk threads, and a sew glue pen.  I did find my Elmer's stick but the pen works a lot better.  I'm trying to figure out which method I want to use. 

So later on today I'm going to make a test - one using the starch or glue.  Just to find some test fabric.  I also thought of using my hera tool.  I guess it all comes down to the method/how easy it is and what it's going to look right, right?

Be back later after I try the methods.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all!!!!  Hope the new year will find you well.

Trying to update my site.  Should have some pxs tomorrow for you.  How far I got and how I didn't start.  I've got so much to do.  For next year!  LOL

Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, December 8, 2017

The octopus garden

Okay, here we go!
I think I have everything that is needed!

Not too sure when I'm going to start this.

Tomorrow maybe?
 Threads, tools, glues, irons, needles, etc, etc.
 Leather punch kit.
 Freezer paper.

 Patterns and patterns.


Sunday, November 26, 2017

Pitty Party

Well I haven't posted in a while, so sorry.  DH and I have had medical issues so I didn't have any spare time to blog let alone work on cleaning and cooking and crafting.  It's not every day that someone who weighs 216 pounds falls on you.  I can't explain the pain.  I couldn't move for an hour.  He survived.  LOL. I'm still going slowly.  So I've got to get moving and DO something!!!

Right now I'm obsessed with the Octopuses Garden by Pearl  Pereira.  I really thought this was a very happy quilt for me to work on.  So now I'm gathering all threads, needles, silk embroidery threads,  and applique tools. My patterns, with fabric enclosed, come once a month and I'm waaaaaay behind.

So depending on the day I'll take a px of what I have already.  Still waiting for another set of threads.

I still have to bake some Christmas cookies/bread if I feel better.  It's really tough that I can't get around too well.  It will get better!! (ha)