Sunday, December 8, 2013

Random Sunday Thoughts

Last week at my quilt guild meeting the out-going vice-president gave a small gift all who had done a ruler or technique demo during the year. I was thrilled when I opened mine. She had crocheted us each a spindle doily. I know you have seen them on Bonnie Hunter's blog. I had wanted to make one for my featherweight for a while. But, that would mean I would have to search for get out my crochet thread first. LOL Isn't it perfect?
Do you belong to a quilt guild? My guild is rather large. We usually have about 80-100 attendees at each meeting. Gathering with others who share this passion is so fun and rewarding. If I'm ever in a slump I get inspired once again during Show and Tell. What amazing talents! Plus, I have learned so much from these wonderful ladies. They are so willing to share tips and shortcuts.

For the last month or so I have been talking about learning to applique. Well, I finally made the plunge. I started my project this week and have made some headway. It has been good for the most part. I had been buying different colors of Kimono silk thread for a while. Then, I thought, "What if it's difficult to work with? That thread is not cheap." But, I'm happy to say that I found it very easy to sew with. I do need to watch carefully because occassionally I would leave a small loop of thread. I'll need to work on getting my stitches to be a little more uniform, but all in all I think I did fairly well. Here is my progress so far.
I tried a couple of different techniques on the leaves. The rose was clipped, turned under and basted through the fabric and the freezer paper. The paper and basting will be removed just before I put in the last stitches on the rose. Then, I have to learn how to layer the other pieces of the rose.
Hopefully you can see the basting stitches in this photo. I used white hand-quilting thread because it is thick and easy to remove.

I am linking up to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching here. Check out what others are slow stitching today.

13 comments:

Quilter Kathy said...

What a pretty featherweight... and the doily looks beautiful!
Enjoying your stitching today!
Thanks for linking up!

Dana Hess said...

You needed something crocheted? Hrmm, who do you know that could have made you about 100 of those? *laughs* Beautiful Rose! I'm surrounded in crochet roses currently.

scraphappy said...

What a sweet little thread cozy. I enjoy silk thread for applique as well. I bought lots of colors at first and then ended up using neutrals almost always.

Ellen said...

Cute little thank you gift! I really like using silk thread as well when I applique - it is really lovely to work with.

Prima Donna said...

Just 3 or 4 would be sufficient, my dear daughter. LOL

Dana Hess said...

Totally can do!! :)

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

Your applique looks wonderful! I am one of those that does not like using silk thread. My thread of choice is masterpiece and over the years I have learned, that making stitches that don't show is more about how you make the stitch than what thread you use. It's all about practice and perseverance. Looks like you definitely have what it takes.

Teresa in Music City said...

Oh yes Donna! Looking very pretty!!! Applique takes a nice large learning curve, but it's well worth it. Now that I've learned how to do it fairly well, I find it really relaxing and enjoyable!

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

There's a guild I belonged to for a time, but it was large and I was never able to connect with anyone. It met in a town about 45 minutes from here, so after a couple of years I stopped attending.

I'm bound and determined to learn how to appliqué. I tried needle turn appliqué once but just couldn't get it ... One of these days.

Tanya Quilts in CO said...

You don't look like an appliqué beginner! I belonged to a quilt guild when I first moved to Colorado and some of the members were so mean to one another it was like high school all over again. Now I find my inspiration from blogs like yours. thanks for sharing.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

The doily is oh so cute and your applique looks wonderful! :)

Ivani said...

Your featherweight is now so charming ! Congrats with the appliqué skills. I don't belong to a quilt guild. There is not any near me, :( Hugs

Design Originals by KC said...

Have been so busy I missed this post! Love the doily you won... what a cool guild you belong to ... my local guild is small and not very friendly so I hang out with quilty friends online and in blog land. Love your vintage Singer... I have a Morse.. a 1950's Japanese class 15 machine made in by Toyota :) Have a blessed week! LOVE your applique you are doing too btw! Kathi

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