The Blue Collection has become one of my primary projects recently, and I've been trying to stay focused and keep blocks prepared so that I always have one ready to work on when it's time to sit down for some slow stitching. Like yesterday. Unfortunately, I didn't have any blocks prepared yesterday, so instead of stitching, I had a lot of prepping to do!
These pieces are not yet stitched down, but I laid them out so you could get an idea of how they will look when they are. All were prepared using the Starch Method, a new method for me that I decided to try after hearing some really good reports on other blogs. I have to tell you, so far I'm a very happy camper!!!
This method involves using freezer paper templates, and painting liquid starch with a small paintbrush on the seam allowance edges that will be turned under. It was a simple enough procedure.
This little piece very quickly went from this....
..... to this.....
to this..... and it's as close to perfect as I'm ever gonna get!!!
Here are a few other pieces that would normally have given me some trouble trying to needleturn them, but they were very easily shaped with this method....
Aren't those curves nice and smooth! Yep, I'm a happy camper!!! This next one has a couple of problem areas that would have given me fits before.
See the little round bump at the top? Designed for torture!!! But it was no problem, and the curves are nice and neat!
This piece was so tiny, I had to put my finger there to give you an idea of its size so you could be REALLY impressed with how nice and neat it is :*) It is the stem that goes on the tip of this piece.....
It's a strawberry leaf, and it does have a little bit of a raveling issue in that little deep cut. There just wasn't enough fabric there to fold over on both sides. I think it will stitch out okay though once I remove the paper. It's really the only piece that gave me a problem.
I believe The Blue Collection is going to be much more fun finishing up than it has been to this point! There are many tutorials out there on the Internet if you are interested in trying it too. Just Google "Starch Applique" and you'll get lots of them.
Hawaii Sunset is still sitting front and center on my Design Wall - I haven't been able to touch it this week at all, but I hope to work on some flying geese tomorrow at sit-n-sew =^..^=
And I thought I'd let you know - I have officially decided to join in on Bonnie's Mystery, Easy Street! I just love the colors she's using this year, and the fact that she has promised to take it "Easy" on us helped me decide. I have all the fabrics in my stash, so long as I decide that the gray will work. I'm still on the fence about that one. You can see the paint chips laying (lying?) next to each colored stack of fabrics.
There may still be a few I'll pull out - too dark? - and a few I'll add in, but for the most part, this is it! I hope some of you are going to join in the fun!!!
That's all I'm up to right now. What about you? Do you have something fun and exciting to show us on your design wall, or floor, or bed - whatever it is you use to view your beautiful quilts in progress? Please join the linky party at Judy's Patchwork Times so we can all enjoy it too :*)
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