Has Spring sprung where you are? It has here. While dropping a few degrees the last two days, there is no mistaking it. Gibby and I saw these on our morning walk today.As you know, I am no gardener, so I don't know what they are. What I do know is that things are sprouting all over and the days are getting longer. It's about time. It made me think of quilts like these
Tulips. They were all over the market this weekend, but I haven't seen any popping up from the ground yet. Soon, I'm sure.
There were some questions about my berry project. I am done making my ***(number not to be revealed so not to cause shock to the non appliquers) berries. There isn't much too it. I will describe it as best I can.The toughest part was getting a photo in focus. My berries are 5/8" across. I drew out the 5/8"
circles - using a circle template found at any office supply store. I drew them on cardstock and cut them out. This was the least fun thing about the project. I am ignorant of scrapbooking, but if you are a scrapbooker, I'm sure there is a way to cut these babies out quickly and perfectly. Anyways, once cut out, I used the circle template to draw bigger circles onto my fabric. About 1/8" wider all the way around. These can be cut quickly as you don't have to try to be perfect with these. Your berry shape will come from the cardboard circle - these you have to try to be a little more accurate on. Once these are cut - you sew a running stitch around each circle just inside the cut edge. Cinch up the fabric circle around your cardboard template tightly and tie a knot. This was the enjoyable part of the project. It's very portable and I made my berries in the car and in front of the tv.
When you are ready to applique your berries onto your quilt top, take them to your ironing board and give them a spray with spray starch and press. Snip the thread of the running stitch and loosen the thread and take out the cardboard circle. The berry should snap back into shape and it is ready to be appliqued.
I have never used this technique before. I an a needle-turn appliquer and have needle turned all my circles. It is a bit more slow going than needle-turning other shapes. The advantage of needle-turn is that there is no prep for the applique shapes. But.... these berries were so small (and a little more difficult to needle-turn) and I needed so many, that I tried this technique. I am happy that I did. My berries are ROUND and now that I am sewing them down on my quilt top - the process is very speedy.
Honestly, they are more ROUND than if I had needle-turned them. I am kind of liking this even though it goes against my grain. I try not to get caught up in "perfection" quiltmaking. It's counter productive in the long run. Second guessing every imperfection (in our opinion) just means that less quilts get made, and less adventuresome quilts get made. Whenever I get stalled over a quilting decision or thinking my technique or fabric choice just isn't good enough, I go back and look at my favorite quilts. Almost every one of them is way less than perfect, all of them make up for it in exuberance and joy. This one is a prime example.Have a joyful day.
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