Some sewing done over the Christmas break…

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I made up three Affairs of the Heart blocks – finally – after trying out different methods such as back basting and freezer paper on top.   I finally decided that the pieces were just too small, I wasn’t that comfortable in using the backbasting method; and with the freezer paper on top I was very concerned that I would not quite place the pieces right so that the symmetry would be lost. So I decided to machine applique them, with a fusible, using variegated threads to add some dimension.  I did the embroidery stitching by  hand.  I was quite happy with the results but I’ll only do a few more like this and then make a small wallhanging.  I’m going to re-think my approach to these blocks as I know now they’ll be machine applique rather than hand applique.

I made a couple of more blocks of Garden at Dusk (from Cindy Lammon’s book, Gathered from the Garden), and was able to put together about two-thirds of the top.  This quilt will be for my niece Emily.

Then there was practice in hand piecing.  I made a Dear Jane block, hand pieced – it took nearly three hours!  I surely hope I get faster if I plan to hand piece all 224 (I think) blocks in this quilt.  I’ll talk about my method as I get going on more of these.

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