|Leaves Finished on Whig Rose Applique Block|
I'm still getting the hang of the whole vinyl overlay and pinning process. With preturned edges, it was easy to use a lightbox with the pattern BENEATH my block to precisely position applique shapes and glue or pin them in place for stitching. With needle turn applique, Piece O'Cake recommends tracing the pattern onto a clear vinyl overlay that you lay over your block and then carefully slide your shapes into position between the block fabric and the overlay, lining up the chalk lines on your applique shapes with the traced lines on your overlay, while using registration marks on the block fabric and overlay to keep everything straight and positioned properly. I'm finding it difficult to do this as accurately as I would like it to be. I get that, in nature, no two leaves are identical, but this is not a naturalistic applique design that I'm working on and for my purposes the goal is identical, perfectly symmetrical leaves and flowers.
|Evidence of Shape Shifting During Pinning|
|Up Next: Rosebuds!|
This afternoon, Lars has a math tutor coming (don't ask) while Anders will be at church for his Youth Orchestra rehearsal. I'm planning to set up my supplies on the kitchen counter so I can experiment with rosebuds while I eavesdrop on the tutoring session.
Anyone who has read through this entire boring post deserves a treat, so here you go: I made a recording yesterday of my three-year-old male Rottweiler puppy singing his favorite song, Mozart's Laudate Dominum aria. Enjoy:
I'm linking up with Can I Get a Whoop Whoop Friday at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, because I think those leaves are definitely whoop-worthy. Like I tell my son with regards to math (which we're not talking about here, because this is a happy place), being smart doesn't mean you automatically know how to do everything the first time you try it. Your brain gets smarter every time you struggle with something that is NOT easy, and you keep working on it and ask for help if you need it and refuse to give up until you've learned how to do it. Everything is difficult before it becomes easy!
Have a wonderful weekend!
OMG - your dog singing is great.
I appreciate you sharing the lessons you've learned in applique. I need to be better and slower and take smaller stitches, but I'm always in a hurry. I need to SLOW DOWN!
So inspired by your projects, patience and your dog singing!
I enjoy and learn from your postings, so Thank you!
Those leaves are worth a whoop! I must confess that the Rottweiler upstaged you-adorable!!
Forget the dog singing--is that your voice we can hear? I'm impressed!!
And your applique is lovely and I think you deserve all kinds of praise for even attempting it.
That's actually the dog singing... I'm the one howling! ;-). Thanks, Chris.
Everything is difficult before it is easy.
Words to live by, Rebecca. Hang in there. We were doing algebra over the phone this week while I was in Florida. Fortunately, my brain was fully activated when I tried it and I could explain easily. That's getting rare. Lane
Rebecca, You do beautiful applique! Your Rotty has a soulful voice! I laughed so hard! He actually repeated the melody. :)
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