Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Slow slow slow

Still plodding along on my Hexy MF, inspired by (which is a quilter's word which really means copied from) Katy's Hexy MF.  On the plus side, I'm learning applique for the first time and loving it.  On another plus side, it's now lovely and warm here in England so having a hand sewing project which you can take into the garden is perfect.

On the downside, it's much slower than machine piecing so there's not a lot to show.  I've appliqued the whole hexagon to the background and done one quarter of the background applique.  I'm no Cathy Cabbage Quilts (my applique hero) as yet but I'm working on it.


I'm using the freezer paper method which a few of you told me about and which I love.   You trace the applique shape onto freezer paper, cut it out fuse it to the back of your fabric, cut with a 1/4" ish seam allowance.  Tack the seam allowance down to the freezer paper, folding over the edges and using a short running stitch.  Press using starch, remove the tacking stitches and then you have a shape ready to sew down.  Sounds convoluted but I love it.

26 comments:

  1. It's really stunning Lynne! I think you have accomplished a great deal actually. I can't remember...are you actually keeping this one for yourself?

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  2. It's stunning. I'm glad you explained about the freezer paper method. A friend in the US sent me 2 huge rolls of the stuff and I wondered why.

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  3. I haven't tried the freezer paper method not sure I would have the patience...but needle turn is slow but fun!

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  4. Ooh, fab idea for the needle turn, may have to try that some time...

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  5. I was just wondering this morning how you were getting on with the MF but I didnt dare ask! Great going, its looking fab :-)

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  6. Eu estou amando saber disso,alguém já te disse que isso é viciante?Eu aprendi com a minha bisavó,devia ser 8 de idade,ajudava a fazer.Depois fiquei anos sem,estou de volta uns dez anos todos os dias faço um pouco,corto,alinhavo,costuro e monto as peças.Faço de vários tamanhos,o maior é 6cm de lado.Não desanime,você está fazendo do jeito mais fácil,eu corto revistas.kkkk.Um beijo.

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  7. Love it, fabulous!
    So funny, I’m working on my Japanese hexagon quilt and thought of adding some applique stems and leaves and little hexagon flowers to the border. I knew I was ‘inspired’ by a picture I had seen... it was yours!

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  8. I use a different variation of the freezer paper method, where you iron it to the front of your fabric instead of the back, and turn the edges with the help of a glue stick. (I have a tutorial for it on my blog tutorial list.) It has fewer steps than yours and works beautifully for pieces that are not too tiny. I use it for all my applique, which is a LOT. Your quilt is gorgeous, by the way!

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  9. Great work Lynn - you will really appreciate it at the end, honest you will (I know)

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  10. That is looking the business - you have accomplished a lot.
    I use freezer paper for my EPP, it's brilliant, especially for fussy cutting.

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  11. Great progress so far. Haven't been able to get my hands on freezer paper, so newspaper or plain paper is my alternative =D

    I'm hosting a new swap over at my blog if anyone is interested please pop over for a look =D

    http://ibescheraldine.blogspot.co.uk/p/goodie-bag-swap.html

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  12. Dare I say it is too hot for quilts!! Looking great though xxx

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  13. Beautiful!!! I'll have to check out Cathy Cabbage Quilts. My applique hero is Erin Russek at http://erinrussek.typepad.com/one-piece-at-a-time/ You must check out her Mimi's Bloomers quilt along and other applique tutorials. She also uses the freezer paper method.

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  14. Heehee you are gorgeous!! I adore your applique Lynne, oh wow, a solids fabric hexi flower vine on dark background, inspirational!! Thank you for the linky love!! By the way it is looking very at home on that beautiful chair. xo

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  15. Oh, this is gonna be one gorgeous mama of a quilt!!!!

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  16. Beautiful! The blue background really makes it fabulous! All that work, wow.

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  17. I keep wondering why you don't put cushions on that wicker thang.

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  18. This quilt is looking beautiful, sounds like a nice outside project.

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  19. This is going to be fantastic! It makes me excited for the Handstitched class I signed up for this summer.

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  20. the colors are gorgeous.

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  21. Beautiful! I absolutely LOVE the dark background with the bright flowery colors.

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  22. It's looking wonderful! I'm so glad you love hand appliqué - is that how you're going to do the green beans one (or whatever the real name is!)?

    P.S. Is the background a dot on black? Looks great!

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  23. This is going to be one of those "heirloom" quilts. So so beautiful. Sigh.......

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