Prep is done for block 1. I am using some new to me products and techniques. I am hand sewing my center block.
For the vine applique I'm using C&Ts Wash Away Applique Sheets. I cut the center block the finished size and lined up both pieces of the vine to get the spacing correct. I used Margo's suggestion of marking the diagnonal with chalk to line up the pieces. I also used Elmer's washable glue to stabilize threads at deep inside curves. Margo's BOM instructions and 3 classes! in the classroom are jam packed with information.
Margo's BOM instructions http://www.thequiltshow.com/os/bom/14/bom_14_01_2.pdf
Piping tutorial http://www.thequiltshow.com/os/images/l ... piping.pdf
Machine applique http://www.thequiltshow.com/os/images/l ... plique.pdf
Elmer's Glue Bottle Retrofit http://www.thequiltshow.com/os/images/l ... trofit.pdf
I will be hand sewing the block down using a similar technique to Sharon Schamer http://sharonschambernetwork.com/Classe ... -Bird.aspx
As I cut away I'll save the scraps for later blocks. See my post here for practice experience: viewtopic.php?f=139&t=4181#p52726
For the leaves, flowers, and heart, I used a templar and starch to prepare the pieces. I also prepared the flowers as units sewing on the 3 pieces that are on top of the main flower shape as Margo and Erin recommend. I used advice from Erin Russek's video and PDF tutorials on her blog http://erinrussek.typepad.com/one-piece-at-a-time/
I am not having any difficulty sewing through my starched fabric (I use 1/2 solution of Faultless Liquid starch/water or Mary Ellen's Best Press undiluted) using John James Gold 'n Glide needles and I do not use a thimble.
For the circles, I use Sue Garman's techniques. I used a circle template to cut my circles 3/8" larger than the finished size (picking up on Sue's episode 304 that you can cut 4 at a time! -- what a time saver since I made all my circles twice since I was unhappy with my first efforts/colors.), I basted and used Karen Buckley's mylar circles, and used the applique wash-away paper in the center for a crisper edge than batting in the center. Judy
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