What fun I am having with these neutrals, making the Pearl District table runner from Busy Bee Quilt Designs! It made me feel like I was back on the Oregon coast, picking up beach stones and experiencing all of the beach grasses and driftwood.
I like to needle turn hand appliqué, so this was my travel project on a short getaway with John to the bay area. If you have not used the 80 weight thread for appliqué, you need to try it. It is amazing! We are now carrying Wonderfil brand thread, as well as the iron and fuse thread for applique. We've also ordered their the Glow in the Dark thread, which we thought would be fun for quilting kids quilts. (We just purchased these at market, and the Glow in the Dark thread hasn't arrived yet.)
Tip: If you do not love needle turn appliqué, here is another technique:
- Trace the appliqué shape on the back of the fabric.
Layer the fabric right sides together on top of a light-weight interfacing.
Machine stitch the circular shape, then trim off excess fabric a scant ¼” away from the stitched line.
- Slash the interfacing in the center of the appliqué and turn the appliqué to the right side. Press the edges. (The interfacing pulls the raw edges to the back, so you are no longer dealing with a raw edge.)
- You can top stitch the appliqué down with a straight stitch, zig zag stitch, buttonhole stitch, or blind hem stitch. I used the blind hem stitch.
This month’s playmates are:
Compositions by BasicGrey 30450-12
Grunge Hits the Spot 30149-67
Effervescence Ecru AAQ 17062-162
Stonehenge Graduation 39303-94
Shimmer On Pearl AJSP 17028-90
Compositions BasicGrey 30453-26
Modern BG Paper 1580-25
Big Sky Annie Brady 16705-11
Dear Stella Black Dabs WG995
Behind the Scenes Wovens 18135-26