Wednesday, September 4, 2013

WIP Wednesday & giveaway winners

WIP Wednesday at Freshly PiecedGreetings folks!  Its a beautiful day here :)  I am finally caught up on my backlog of things that I couldn't do last week because I didn't have internet, and my desk is slowly being unpacked and organized :)

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
 I really love my heart quartet block.  I think there is going to be quite a bit of DS fabrics sneaking their way into my quilt :)

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
 I opted for a little bolder of a look for the single heart since it's all by it's lonesome in the bottom of the finished quilt.  I actually did this block after the heart quartet, so the sketch stitch turned out better.

Mitten Block, blanket stitch applique
I opted for a blanket stitch for the mitten after seeing Laura's adorable block :)  You can see my mistake in tracing the template around the thumb where I almost cut the block out backwards... This is why you measure (read) twice, cut once right...

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:

Congratulations to
Amy @ Amy's Crafty Snenanigans who gets the FMF charm pack, and Jody Polen who gets the Croquet FQ bundle :)

Thank you all for stopping by and commenting!


  1. Looking awesome! You'll see plenty of DS in mine too :)

  2. I am about to start my first quilt with quite a bit of applique and am hoping it won't be too tricky.

  3. I love how you are doing the grid for this Sampler, we can see the quilt grow with you :) I would have like to join this one, but I have too much on my quilting plate - perhaps I can play catch-up next year ...

  4. Shhh don't tell anyone but I'm not using stabilizer either. I think it's possible I would need it if I had a different machine but mine seems not to make material pucker like it supposedly does and my sketch stitch (once I worked out my brain block idiocy issues) looks fine without it. And I stirred up a little cornstarch and water too. (Joann's is actually a torture errand now that my kid's legs are so long they don't fit in those little half-shopping-carts.) Your blocks look fabulous! I kind of heart that Chicopee print with the PB&J background. That's a fun, unexpected combo!

  5. Love them all! I'm using the stabilizer for all mine but i've yet to try Roxannes glue baste. Is it worth picking some up do you think? And I made my own starch too, just couldn't justify the price for something i could make!

  6. Cute blocks - great job on the applique! I find applique to be fun, challenging and quite rewarding when I do it well. Looking forward to seeing the more.


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