Monday, April 20, 2009

Preparation

Does anyone else enjoy the preparation part of needleturn applique? I'm currently making the 5th block of Kim McLeans Flower Pots quilt and I'm just loving tracing the shapes, cutting out the freezer paper, ironing the shapes onto the fabric, etc!!! I feel as though I'm in kindergarten again. I enjoy it best when I know I'm going to have a couple of hours to myself, turn the radio on, get a cuppa, and trace and cut away to my hearts content.

The worst part about the preparation is cleaning up the sewing room once I've rummaged through my rather large Kaffe Fassett stash to find just the right fabrics for each shape! What a mess!!!

20 comments:

Lizzie said...

I love applique too and it's relaxing to sit and cut, I listen to audio books while I'm sewing and cutting so I get someone to read to me while I play!!

Andi said...

Intrigued.
Can't wait to see more

aneela said...

Cathy visiting your blog is like diving through a rainbow!! Your needleturn applique so far is inspirational I can only imagine the goodness we have to look forward to!!!

Janet said...

I can put myself in your shoes, I have them stacked in the plastic drawers organised by colour so it's easy to get at. I do have to have a chunk of time though because once I get started, I don't want to be interrupted. I have this pattern too so I get excited about your progress.

ranette said...

I have this pattern on order, but I have to finish up a quilt before I pull out fabrics to prep the applique on. Love watching your progress though.

alobsiger said...

I don't mind the prep but get absolutely frozen when choosing fabrics for such a large project. I need to just focus block by block but have a really hard time not becoming overwhelmed.

Nedra said...

Love those Kaffes. Thank for sharing with us your techniques for getting started on a block. I see you use the freezer paper method of applique.

randi---i have to say said...

I am sure this is going to turn into a great quilt! Great colors and fabrics!

imquilternity said...

What a lovely mess!!

Joanna said...

Oh how I love the prep work too! It takes me longer to choose the fabrics and prep them than to do the actual applique:) Love every bit of it...except the cleaning up...blech!

Karen said...

I do! I do! I love selecting the fabric and tracing the pieces onto freezer paper and ironing the shapes to the fabric. Such fun! :) :) :)

Kathie said...

I had to buy the pattern once I saw yours!!!! now I just need to collect Kaffe fabrics OR just buy the kit and add to it.
its beautiful
I find it fun and relaxing to trace and cut out the freezer paper templates.
love seeing your progress
thanks for sharing
Kathie

Kim said...

Oh my this looks so fun! I love the color the Westminster crew uses! I suppose I don't mind the prep so much as far as the tracing and cutting if I have the proper marking tools! Do you use a specific type of pencil for tracing? This last little applique project I did, I used a fabric glue stick for the first time to position the pieces, and I must say that was pretty slick! Do you thread baste your pieces in place? I looke forward to seeing this one unfold some more! :o) Just lovely!

clare's craftroom said...

I really do enjoy the prep part too . Lovely fabrics .

Sew Create It - Jane said...

I love all the excitement when getting ready to start a new project. Your pieces look really pretty...can't wait to see more.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

I enjoy that part too. You applique like I do with the freezer paper. I like that method. Good work!

Pam said...

I love the look of needle turn applique and am wanting to learn. I am trying to entice my good friend to teach me. :) Your work is just beautiful.

Karen said...

I have not seen this pattern before. It is going to be a great quilt!

kim mclean said...

Hi Cathy,

Your quilts are absolutely gorgeous! Love to see this quilt as it is progressing. Have you finish the Princess Feather and the Lollypop Tree yet? Keep it up!! Kim McLean

solomi558 said...

I know the feeking of MESS, but lets call it creative chaos---cottonreel