|Mother Nature's Color Inspiration|
Happy Autumn from a very rainy Miami.
I tried my absolute best to complete my Santa Maria block by Columbus Day (October 12th). Alas, life always seems to get in the way of my applique projects. Instead of making everyone wait even longer for a new blog entry, I decided to share what I have completed to date.
|First layer of stitching on the flower wreath supporting the Santa Maria block|
|Stitching the mast's and body of the Santa Maria|
|Sneak peak of the Santa Maria block|
In addition, snapped a few photos of my method of creating VERY skinny stems. My definition of very skinny stems is between 1/8" to 1/16th of an inch wide. Click HERE to view a Template Free Applique (also known as Back Basting) tutorial
|Trace a very skinny stem as a single line|
|Pin the applique fabric to the front of the block|
|Baste to the inside curve side of the drawn line|
|Trim a scant 1/8" away from the basting and applique as usual|
|Stitch only the inside curve|
Trim the seam allowance of the stitched side as close as possible to the applique. Be very careful to not cut the stitching!
Baste down the outside curve leaving only a scant 1/16" between the applique edge and the basting
|Trim a scant 1/8" away from the basting line|
|Applique the outside curve as usual. Take your time!|
Lastly, my professional life is getting very busy so I may not be able to stitch and blog as much as I like. So even if you do not hear from me, please know that I am happy well.
Until next time....