Monday, September 13, 2010
Roseville Album & Favorite Applique Tools
I finished my first Roseville Album block!
I've been collecting fabric for a long time to make the Flower Pots quilt but have detoured over to Roseville with Brenda and I'm having a great time working on these. It has however been challenging to work with these fabrics. I'm used to Civil War and 1930s prints. I couldn't help myself and added a couple of reproduction prints to this block but I think they fit in okay.
Brenda and I are determined to have four blocks finished by November. I don't know if we'll make it but we're sure giving it our best try.
Right now I've got fabric spread out all over the place pulling fabrics for the second and third blocks. I need to come up with a neater method for my selection process. I can't imagine pulling fabric for the whole quilt at once.
I've become a big fan of back basting and do almost all my hand applique that way. I use the light box to trace the design on the back of the background fabric and also to position things for fussy cutting and applique. I like Clover applique pins and do my back basting with regular thread because I mark my stitching lines with a regular pencil and either the Clover white marking pen or Bohin marking pencils. I sew with cotton or silk thread depending on the fabric and my mood using size 10 straw needle. I like the new John James Gold'nGlide applique needles. They really do glide through the fabric easier and smoother. Embroidery scissors with a sharp tip are a must and if I want to make circles off the block I use the Perfect Circles. That's about it. Nothing really fancy.
I'm enjoying this blog and seeing what everyone is doing. It's interesting to see how differently the designs are interpreted by each person. What a creative group!