Friday, January 16, 2015

WHAT AM I DOING?

I forgot to post this DJ block before, so here it is.

B-5
I prepped some templates for DJ blocks that I plan to work on soon.


I like the spray starch method for appliqué - I can't do needle turn very well.  First, I place the template on the wrong side of the fabric and outline with pencil.  Then, I cut around it leaving about 1/4" seam allowance and glue (with a glue stick) the template to the wrong side of the fabric.  Spread some spray starch with a small paint brush and then fold it over the template and iron until it is dry.  Then you can remove the template and it is ready to appliqué!

This is the mylar template plastic that I use - it doesn't melt or warp.


On my design wall is the "Scrappily-Do-Dah" quilt that I started in Dec. 2009 while on our trip to Florida right after I retired.  I got the pattern in a McCall's Quilting magazine advertisement and really liked it - because I love scrap quilts.  I cut fabric from just about all the stash that I had at the time.  I've had the blocks finished for some time and want to get this finished!


Here's what my sewing table looked like yesterday.  I had the urge to finish a doll quilt that had been started a long time ago, then had been looking at some lilac fabric to make a table runner, also some other fabric for a possible custom job.  My Dear Jane book is sitting there with various implements, etc.


I'm feeling my normal self these days except for having tendonitis in my right thumb.  I'm trying to rest it some and putting ice on it.  Unfortunately, it's pretty hard to rest a thumb.  What's on your design wall and sewing table?

11 comments:

canuckquilter said...

You are making very consistent progress on DJ. Thanks for the tip about spray starch for applique. I'm tucking that away for future use. That scrap quilt is one cheerful quilt!

Lesley said...

Scrapily do dah is gorgeous!

Karen said...

Are you working randomly on the DJ blocks? I plan on working my way through the book in order. I thought it would be easier to keep track of what I have done and what is left.

a good yarn said...

Those DJ blocks are a lot of work but they always look so good. Thanks for the applique method. I must see if we have no-melt mylar here. Love Scrappity-Do-Dah and look forward to seeing it finished. Your scrap quilts are a great source of inspiration for me even if I don't make as many quilts as I'd like too.

Lori said...

Looks like a busy and creative sewing room! I like it! I hope your thumb is better soon.

---"Love" said...

You are so good at applique! I definitely am not! But I do love that Scrappily-Do-Dah. Glad you're feeling better too. I've been chasing new fabric today a bit. Found a little bit! ---"Love"

Janet O. said...

It is hard to do things in your sewing room with a sore thumb. : )
That method of applique sounds more doable to me than needle-turned.
Love that scrappy quilt!

Karen said...

Your scrappy quilt looks great. I've been tempted to do that pattern, it's so graphic.

Barb said...

sorry to hear about your thumb. Can you take naproxin (?). My husband swears by it.
Wow -what a super scrappy quilt!

Donna said...

I just love the scrap quilt. I need to get busy and cut up some of my scraps and make one.

Wendy Caton Reed said...

Love the scrap quilt. And I love you Jane blocks. I sued the same background for all my blocks and I love that you are using different backgrounds. Oh I hope this doesn't inspire me to do another one!! Glad you are feeling better.