Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Fat finger applique

The older I get it seems the harder it is to do little tiny tedious detail work with my hands.  So I thought I'd share with you how I pre assemble small applique.  

The little pins shown below are the original pins I purchased over 20 years ago.  I keep them around for emergency use only because they are to hard for my fat fingers to manage.  They are perfect for this project because the heads won't melt.  Glass head pins could be used but mine are finer and bend to easily.   Pinning each little petal in place allows re-positioning of one petal if needed without disturbing the rest.  The scissors are pointing to the one I moved.
Note:  for more exact placement of applique I would have the applique outline sheet under the white fabric allowing it to show through.  But these can be free handed and not cause an issue with the rest of the pattern.

Using a larger longer pin helps to hold small applique steady while applying basting glue.  It also serves as a skewer making placement easier and less messy.
I should also mention the only glue I used is what you see.  The petals are held together by the center of the flower.

No need to remove pins when setting the glue with the iron.  

Perfect little Posies every time!  OOPS...looks like one of them still has water soluble ink shining through.  A little shot of water will take care of that.

~ Lea Anne ~
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  1. what kind of glue do you use ? i have fat fingers too, the reason some of my words are wrong.

  2. Great tip and beautiful little flowers!

  3. Those flowers are absolutely beautiful! That is such a great tip. Thank you so much for sharing!


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