|Cutting out shapes and trying to get the placement right~|
I was raised by two wonderful people who grew up during the depression. It was a time of making do with what you had. You saved string, screws, and scraps without a project in mind. You just might need them someday. My mother made all my clothes and my dad built our house. You didn't go out and buy something you could manufacture with your own hands. (And, they didn't have credit cards.)
I like the satisfaction of doing things that are difficult sometimes. I started a stamp quilt a few years ago (1" blocks) and my son asked me why I wanted to do something like that. "I want to do something hard" I said as I laughed at myself.
I made all the girls clothes when they were growing up. Sewing for the boys was another kettle of fish. I didn't want to make jeans and they often wouldn't wear the shirts I made. (Although Nathan has worn the Hawaiian ones.) Who would have thought boys could be so picky. But sewing for the girls was fun. I made shorts and tops, swimming suits, prom dresses, and eventually brides dresses.
I'm a scratch cook standing at the stove for hours just to keep stirring the perfect pudding. I make my cakes from scratch, my pizza and pie crust from scratch. (I've been pondering making my own pastrami now that we have our own smoker). I can see the 70's influence of doing everything the natural way here.
My husband is the same way. When I told him I wanted some quilt frames and showed him the Grace frame from a magazine he built me one for our 23rd anniversary.
I have quilted on these frames for 19 years now. They are easy to assemble, keep the quilt taut, and don't take up much room.
So, when it comes to quilting and I've got an applique project going - I do needleturn applique. There is just something in me that feels like I'm reducing the worth and significance of the quilt by using a sewing machine to apply the applique pieces.
I hope I'm not offending anyone here. It's just who I am. (Keep reading, I turn into a real person later in the post)
So when I started this project;
|When the Cold Wind Blows|
|Folk Art Tribute by Dawn Heese|
|Birds of a Feather by Blackbird Designs|
|Alma Allen & Jan Patek pattern|
|My daughter calls this one "Jousting chickens".|
I don't like the bulk of the 28 1/2 inch block. It's way to big and the applique is a chore instead of a pleasure.
After extensive deliberation, I got out my Heat n Bond Lite and began tracing, snipping, pressing, and trimming. It is going so much faster in the preparation stage alone. I'm having fun already
I am going to machine applique it like I have done with these tops
|Fig Tree Danelions|
|Center is machine appliqued|
Compilation of Blackbird Designs
|Santa heads are Debbie Mumm pattern|
|Black Mountain Quilt design|
SO, I'm going to get off my "HIGH HORSE" and revive the joy in sewing.
That is the reason I quilt after all.