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Saturday, February 16, 2013

A little too many things reversed

Since I don't do fusible appliqué very often, I have to take care and read instructions and try to remind myself of all the steps involved.

And sometimes I overthink the process and end up doing things wrong anyway.

And that's what happened today.

I have a post-it note reminding me to reverse, and it sits on top of my Fall Frolic project box. As in reverse the patterns when I am tracing them onto the fusible web. Well, apparently I got really enthusiastic about reversing, and in addition to reversing the patterns on the fusible web (that part I got right this time), I also - for some reason I still can't figure out - decided that I needed to reverse the pattern on my tracing paper for the overlay.

And instead of going back and looking at the stitched model photo, I just merrily started fusing my pieces onto the background fabric. I started in the middle laying out my pieces, and most of the shapes were the same size for either side, so I didn't run into a problem until I got to the edges of the design and realized that the leaves were not lining up properly. And then I realized what I had done. I don't think it makes that much of a difference in the overall design - I could just call it a customization, right? Except for this - it's a block of the month kit, and they give you just enough, maybe a smidge more fabric than you actually need to do each block each month. So even being conservative with my pattern placement, I didn't have enough of the green wool to make new leaves in the correct direction.

Fortunately, I was able to find some other leftover wool that is close in color, and I used that. It isn't perfect, but then neither am I. Here are my fused blocks, ready for stitching.

And here are the two "M" blocks, stitched and finished.

The little blocks always work up quickly, so I stitched them while listening to an audiobook. I will work on the bigger block later this weekend or next week.

The mailman delivered a package yesterday, and I was so excited to open it, even though I'm not starting it until I finish my Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt (more incentive to get to working on that?). I went ahead and labeled the fabrics so they will be ready to start when I am.

These fabrics are so pretty, it was fun just to play with them in their little baggies last night.

It's a four-day weekend for me, and I am heading off to the sewing room for some more quilt-y fun.

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