Current Projects – Updated List
Well, we have finished a project on my mental list it seems since little Gavin has received his baby quilt. Here is the list I posted a few articles ago (found here if you would like to read):
Our project list as I know it to be:
Consignment project – Dr. Seuss baby quilt
- (cutter!) September table runner
- Simply Woven purple queen size quilt for Betsy
- Simply Woven gray/blue queen size quilt for Andrea and Chris
- ABC wall hanging (2) for Etsy
- Gray baby quilt – being hand quilted now
- ↓ Finding Nemo baby quilt – awaiting quilting
Green polka dot baby quilt – awaiting quilting
- Many, MANY baby quilts waiting to be started with fabric sitting in project bags
It is nice to be able to cross even one item on the old mental list. That darn cutter item, or the September table runner as Sue knows it, is rearing is head again for me. This time I need to appliqué the larger apples that make up the majority of the top of the runner. They really are the focal point so I want to do a good job on them. I think I may machine appliqué this time rather than doing it by hand. I have several reasons for doing this – and one important one is that I want to keep working on my alphabet letters on my lunch hour! – but the main one is that this table runner will be washed often. I want the apples to be able to withstand frequent washings, and I believe that machine appliqué will provide that stability much better. If we were making our usual wall hangings which rarely if ever are washed, hand appliqué would suffice.
You can just barely make out the apple shapes under the leaves and the stems that are also peeking out from under the leaves. I am debating whether to use a zig-zag stitch or to use the hem stitch. I’m sure you are familiar with the zig-zag stitch, and I would use one with a slightly less-dense or more open width to it. The hem stitch is more of this type –∨–∨, which does closely mimic hand appliqué. I am inclined to use the loose zig-zag just because it will secure the apples the most securely.
It also occurs to me that while the pattern may say the next step is to appliqué the apples onto the pieced top, to me it would make more sense to appliqué them at the end, as if I were quilting them. Why appliqué them on only to have to quilt around them later? So, I think we will try a technique of putting them on at the end, and then maybe quilting a pattern inside each apple. I think that will look stunning on the reverse side as well. I guess we’ll give it a try. ~smile~
We are also going back to work on purple queen-sized quilt. I have also finished machine quilting the green polka-dot baby quilt. After the success of machine quilting the Dr. Suess quilt (see more info here on well it turned out!!) I felt like I could try another one. I also moved the position of the this quilt up the mental list, or above the Finding Nemo baby quilt. I need to get going on our Etsy offerings now that we have sold five (5 !!) quilts. I guess I’d better just get going on the cutter project so that I may continue on my own list of (more) important ones. ~smile~