Is everyone this messy when they work? As you can see not much has changed in the Studio. My real design wall has collected even more dust. It's peaking out of the upper right corner of this picture. The entire weekend was spent cooking and working towards getting the birds off my work table.
It took all day Saturday to make templates for the center block. My stash of different templar products ran out and I had to make a few triple layered freezer paper templates.
In order to trace on the white templar I had to use the table light Mr. Podunk put in my work table a couple of years ago.
Most of my quilts are fairly easy to assemble and take just a little snippet of time out of my life. This one is a big CHUNK. With so much effort I feel like taking the time to make sure it sticks around awhile is probably a good idea. I'm no expert quilter by a long shot but I do like to take the advice of those that I feel fall in that category. So somewhere I read that using Sew Secure on the inner point of turned applique will help with any fraying that might occur over it's lifetime. If I were better at these inner corners maybe I wouldn't need this but for now I'm not taking any chances. It's better to be safe than sorry, it would be a shame to do all this work only to have a gazillion little frays after the first few washes.
It does make the fabric a little stiff and harder to handstitch but it's worth it in my book. Using it sparingly is the trick. Just a itty bitty dot at the top of her neck, can you see it?
It's so hard to see on the bird so here's the itty bitty dot on my finger. After I make the dot in the inner point I kinda smear it into the area. To test this stuff I've washed unsewn pieces of fabric with one edge treated with the product. Low and behold they don't fray even when completely exposed.
Well these birds are going to be on the table a bit longer, I'm quilting on the frame today.
Three years ago I started this project, can you believe I still don't have a fabric for the vase!
~ Lea Anne ~
Today's freebie from Attic Window Quilt