I gave the demonstration on needle-turn appliqué at quilt guild this past Monday night. Even though I thought I was fully prepared, I was nervous ... and more so when I saw that the woman who could probably be considered our guild's resident expert on hand appliqué in the audience. I prepared a handout which made it to the guild's website along with a few pictures (I have no future as a hand model!). I felt like I had a lot to cover in a very short time. To me, the big challenge in hand appliqué is preparation of the work. How do you put the pieces where they belong? How do you mark the lines on which you sew? I tried to cover a few ways to answer each of these questions as well as demonstrate the actual stitch technique (including points), but I'm not quite sure if it was too much information in too short a time to be helpful. I am glad that I did it, though, because in researching the presentation I learned about back-basting, which can best be explained in this link from All About Applique. It may permanently replace the freezer paper technique that I've been using. Considering I first learned needle-turn appliqué in a half-day seminar taught by Piece O'Cake's Becky Goldsmith and Linda Jenkins in Lancaster, Pennsylvania years ago, I won't feel too bad if I couldn't sum it up in 20 minutes.
My Honey left on a trip yesterday morning and won't return until Thursday. Yesterday I worked out after work (I am up to twice a week and my mile run is now around 14 minutes) and then went to the grocery store before returning home to remember his words yesterday morning that we had no hot water in the shower (I often shower or bathe at night and wanted to last night!). Sure enough, the best I could get out of the tap was lukewarm, which made for a very quick and uncomfortable shower this morning. Luckily we have a shower in the ladies' room at the office, which I will take advantage of tomorrow morning before the plumber comes tomorrow afternoon. However, we have no electrical outlets in our ladies' room, which means no hair washing (and drying). Ugh. If only I had had the foresight to bring a towel to work today.
On the bright side, his being gone means I can do some sewing tonight. I would like to rearrange those Ready Set Star! blocks in a few other ways, sew a block for my son's quilt, and maybe piddle a bit on some other projects. Stay tuned for photos
If you aren't already aware, Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, volume 4 is being released and the quilting blog world is talking about it. Go to Quiltmaker's blog and get in on the fun to win an issue or other prizes! I was fortunate enough to have won volumes 2 and 3 this past spring and one of my UFOs is from those issues using blocks designed by Quiltmaker's own Denise Starck. She has now created an adorable paper-pieced hat:
Of course, I only have one pair of shoes done so far but seeing her hat has gotten me itching to get back to it.