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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Thanksgiving holidays a nice respite

I have had a nice 4-day holiday weekend as a really nice respite from the work project that should be wrapped up in another 3 weeks, if things go as planned.

We have eaten too much, visited with family, gone to the movies, and played at home (CC with his new video game, me with a new quilt).

I have been itching to start the new wool felt block of the month project Fall Frolic, and finally got my chance this weekend.

Using the tracing paper that Teresa recommended I try, I traced my pattern for the first block, then I traced and cut out my fusible web (Shades Softfuse), ironed it to my wool felt pieces, and began placing and fusing them to the background.

Here is the block entirely fused and ready to work.

And not looking much different from a distance, here is the block appliquéd.

Closeups of sections, left, center, and right - a little dark because the pieces are fairly dark, but you can see the blanket stitch around them. I used the recommended Valdani perle cotton, a green/black variegated color (0540, I think).

This was October's block. Now I am working on November's block, trying to catch up, and because it's so fun to stitch. Of course, I have had to make a note to myself - for the next block to REMEMBER to REVERSE because I'm fusing the pieces. I did fine with Block A, but completely forgot to do that with Block B. Fortunately, Block B will look perfectly fine either way - but the point is, I don't want to forget to do this again with other blocks.

I hope that everyone has had as relaxing and enjoyable weekend as we have.

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