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    Interesting instructions

    I just bought the kit for Across the Wide Missouri by Edie McGinnis and Jan Patek (half price woohoo). The instructions are "applique in place in a whimsical fashion". I have never heard it phrased this way and I guess it is up to me to decide on "whimsical".

    My hubby thought it was incredibly funny and is waiting for me to be whimsical so he can post a youtube of it. haha.

    Has anyone every gotten an explanation of what a "whimsical fashion" means?

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    I think "whimsical" is a close cousin to "come hither - come yon." All it means is that there is no strict layout and that you should place the pieces where they please you (and your inner child). Have fun.
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    [QUOTE=sweetana3;5764854] My hubby thought it was incredibly funny and is waiting for me to be whimsical so he can post a youtube of it. haha. /QUOTE]

    This made me smile. :-)

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    I think whimsical means you have the freedom to arrange them in any way that appeals to you.

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    Seems kind of incompatible to be directed to be whimsical. I think one of the indicators of whimsy is unpredictability. lol
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    Did you get it from Craft Town? Thats a cute pattern. I think whimsical could also mean the applique stitch it self, (primitive etc.) when you look at the actual pattern pieces. A button hole stitch would be in keeping with that pattern.

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    I guess I am always whimsical because I put things where I want them on a pattern. This is an easy applique because it is simple and the pieces are big and two different women made it to illustrate different styles and choices. The pictures are not big enough to show a stitch but I think Patek uses needle turn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IrishNY View Post
    Seems kind of incompatible to be directed to be whimsical. I think one of the indicators of whimsy is unpredictability. lol
    Whoosh! This one made my brain itch!
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    Quote Originally Posted by GailG View Post
    Whoosh! This one made my brain itch!
    SNORT!!!!! Hysterical! You are too funny!

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    Hmmm is the placement to be whimsical? The way it is phrased sounds like the act of stitching is supposed to be whimsical. That sounds challenging to me.
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    Jan Patek does whimsical quilts, so maybe everything is whimsical to her. very country style and birds in lots of them. very nice. I'm not quite sure how to applique in a whimsical way but I can make it look that way.

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    Let your hair down and put things where you want. Whimsical = quaint, fanciful esp. in an appealing or amusing way.

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    Sounds like a fun pattern. Enjoy it.

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    LOL, I would write to the designer and request close up photos and step by step instructions for the "whimsical" sections of applique.
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    lol-have fun with it
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    I would say whimsical, by definition, means light hearted and happy. Therefore, I think they want something less than "Baltimore Album quilt" perfect. Sounds like a fun project calling for fused, machine, satin or blanket stitch appliqué. . . Or anything else you wart to try.
    I do think you're right about it being an unusual phrase to use in directions. Hey, creative quilts why not creative directions LOL.

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    My thoughts are just to close your eyes and toss the appliques on the quilt and then pin them down where they lay. That would be whimsical! Ha Ha

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    Quote Originally Posted by IrishNY View Post
    Seems kind of incompatible to be directed to be whimsical. I think one of the indicators of whimsy is unpredictability. lol
    Too funny!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetana3 View Post
    My hubby thought it was incredibly funny and is waiting for me to be whimsical so he can post a youtube of it. haha. /QUOTE]


    This made me smile. :-)

    Me too! Hope he isn't always awaiting these opportunities.

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    Maddeningly vague instructions!!!!! I would not be happy with that but I do like your husband's sense of humour.

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    You should start singing and dancing around, in a very whimsical manner and tell DH that you are just practicing for your applique recital. I love to do things like that to my DH, because he really wonders what I'll try next

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    Oh just slap the darn thing on and stitch the sucker down. There, that's whimsical in my opinion... LOL
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