Stitching is non-existent right now, unfortunately. In fact, reading (other than my trusty CAPM/PMP Exam Guide) is non-existent right now too. But, occasionally there is a little mini vacation in the middle of this long boat ride through the river Styx. A while back, I signed up to take a needleturn applique class with a very good friend of mine, anticipating that it would be a great way to celebrate being done with school. (Ok the fact that I am still not done with school makes that entire sentence right there suck.) But, nonetheless we spent Saturday at our applique class as scheduled.
Back in 2002 when I took my beginning quilting class, I was taught to applique via the freezer paper method, not needleturn. So, needleturn has been one of those things I’ve been promising myself I would learn. So, when the class was suggested, I jumped at the opportunity to spend a day with my friend learning a new technique. Our class was good, and I think I got the hang of it after a little while. Our class piece was learning to applique a heart onto some background fabric. I didn’t get a whole lot done in class.
But, I came home Saturday night and went right back to work on it. I was able to finish it up that night and viola, I have a slightly asymetrical appliqued heart. Not bad for a first try, I think.
Our class piece is basically just the heart appliqued on our background fabric and then borders out of that black sunflower fabric will be sewn on later. I should have enough of the fabric for backing too.
I was feeling so confident of my newly acquired skillz that I decided to pull out a long-lost applique project. You may remember?
I had begun collecting fabrics a while back to do the Bunny Hill “A Tisket A Tasket” blocks.
I had cut out freezer paper templates for my applique pieces even in preparation. But, after attempting to teach myself needleturn applique and attempting to sew down that basket base three times, I gave up.
But on Sunday night, I thought I’d give it another shot.
I managed to get my basket completely appliqued (sorry no photo), but I appliqued it perfectly crooked on my background fabric. So, I’m thinking I may detach it one last time and try again with a little tip from my quilting angels.
But, I’m happy with what I learned in class and I can’t wait to work on my basket some more. Of course, it may be awhile before that happens, but it will give me something to look forward to.
Do you think it’s too soon to start planning on making this basket quilt?
I am grateful for a lovely spring day sewing with a wonderful friend for company. (And the Mexican food was good too!)