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Well Spartan... I wouldn't worry too much about having a wonky or crocked piece here and there. When you consider that in her Right Bottom Corner kite Jane Stickle embroidered she used 5602 pieces [ahem...ouch!!] we could make 56 booboos and it would only cover 1% of the whole quilt That won't be noticeable to anyone [unless of course you were to place a bright chartreuse piece in the middle of that subdued postbellum Civ War quilt!]
Thanks, Gus, I just laugh about the wonky blocks, because I am the one who sees them. Others don't. By the time I get this done, I will just laugh about the improvement [hopefully] of my blocks. And really, I can already see that. I just finished one last night and I really had SHARP POINTS on the applique piece. But, without doing this quilt, I would not have improved my skills. That is the reason I am doing this. I am loving every minute of it, and especially seeing all the fabrics and colors going into others' quilts. What a wonderful group. Can't say THANKS enough to you-Gus-for having started this thread.
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Good thinking Gus and Spartan quilter -- It is really a way to learn to do new things and improve -- Good thing the blocks are so small -- we can do small stuff. Wouldn't it be just awful if an applique project was a whole big block?? I shudder to think of the change from the beginning to the last part. This way when I get bogged down -- last week I didn't get to do any at all and this week I have done 4 -- some from the schedule, some in the M row.
Gladys, your applique is gorgeous!!!!!! What kind of thread, needle and method do you use? I want to be just like you when I get good!!!
I use threads "Yli Threads 60/2 ply are 100% cotton" color it closest to the piece to apply or smoke color.
The needles are the "Black Gold Hand Sewing Needles (Applique/Sharps)". Only I have to say that she is "they wash", but they are wonderful because they pass through any plot of fabric as if nothing!.
And the method is the Appliqué whit Freezer Paper. I learned it to Erin Russek and Karen Kay Buckley (in her blog the first and the second for her DVD). As in my country there is not freezer paper, I use templates that I conducted with washed medical x-rays.
And I can only say that the secret is in practice much and each block will be better than the last.
I hope have answered your questions clearly!
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So on A-2, somehow I managed to cut off the points from the middle row triangles and didnt' even noticed til the very end. It bugs me, but like I said earlier I don't think I'll worry about it. On A-4 I should have cut the last pieces (edges) at least a 1/4" wider. I'll probably take the time to fix that one (not too much reverse sewing with that boo-boo!!).
P.S. Gave up on trying to find my phone and went and got another tonight. Bummer, though, the pictures are noticeably grainier.
A2 - Paper pieced
A4 - Paper pieced, fudging and machine piecing
B11 - Redrafted in EQ6 to look more like the original. Paper pieced, applique, making due and bonus outer strip to hide "making due".
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Cindy and Fraew, your blocks are great!
Fraew, what is fudging?
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