Unfortunately I haven't done much sewing since I've been so busy at work, but I did finally get started on my Penny Sampler. The first month's lessons are applique blocks. I had the impression that applique was going to be difficult, but it's super easy :) Roxanne's glue baste really does make the job easier.
Rachel introduced us to two applique methods -- stitch and turn (which I am using for my Dogwood Blossoms), and freezer paper. These blocks were made with the freezer paper method. It was much easier than I anticipated. I even made my own liquid starch to use instead of paying $12 for Best Press at my Local Quilt shop.
|heart quartet block, sketch stitch applique|
|sketch stitch close-up|
It took me several tries to get the hang of the sketch stitch. And my machine did not like the iron on stabilizer even though I was using a brand new needle. So I opted to skip the stabilizer and just take it slow around the curves. I didn't really like it at first, but I think it's growing on me now.
|Single heart block, sketch stitch applique|
|Mitten Block, blanket stitch applique|
And here are the blocks in the quilt so far. I saw people doing a grid for Tula Pink's city sampler, so I decided to try it for this too :)
I'm going to try to catch up with the rest of the blocks this week. I'm a week and a half (7 blocks) behind right now, and the little village promises to be time consuming.
And now for the my Sunday Funday Giveaway winners:
Amy @ Amy's Crafty Snenanigans who gets the FMF charm pack, and Jody Polen who gets the Croquet FQ bundle :)
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