Now that I have the majority of the pieces prepped and pinned to a piece of styrofoam sub-floor, I am ready to start building my block on the background. As you can see I used a lot of pins to hold my pieces in place.
Each time I stuck a pin into the styrofoam, I thought about voo-doo dolls.
(Sometimes its really hard to stay focused!) According to wikipedia, the most popular stereotype of using a voo-doo doll involves sticking pins into it. But did you know that there are different emotions and feelings attached to the color of pins that can be used? I did a bit more research and found out that yellow pins means money and blue pins mean love! Check out the color of my pins!
OK…where was I?
I made another copy of the pattern and taped it to the light box. Then, I placed a background square on the pattern and put a few (yellow!) pins in it. Next, I took a water-soluble marker and traced the seam lines on the background.
This block has lots of pieces so I won’t be gluing all the pieces in place before I start to stitch. I like to glue a few pieces in place, stitch them, and then glue a few more pieces in place. So, I will be unpinning the background square from the pattern, stitching, and then I will be placing it on the pattern again. I use the traced seam lines as a guide to make sure everything is lined up properly.
It can be a little confusing trying to figure out which pieces go where. First I start with the stems.
Then I add a few pieces. I usually start at the outer edge and work inwards.
So far…so good!
Til next time…
18 thoughts on “Voo-doo dolls and other interesting tid-bits…”
Love it! And love your methodology. Beautiful work. Thanks for sharing!
You are very welcome! Thanks for following my blog!
Looks good! You’ll be done in no time! So cool to see your process!
This block will be magnificent!
I sure hope so!
YOu are such a good teacher. I love how you explain everything and you have such good tips. I always learn something from you. Thanks
OK so what do red pins signify? Your block is going to be beautiful.
Thanks! Red pins mean power!
Just found (and now follow) your blog, what in inspiration you are. Had to go back and read every single post from the beginning. Thank you for sharing with us.
Oh! Thanks for the lovely comment and for following me!
Hi I love reading your blog, I do needleturn applique and just love it, what do you use to prepare you appliques? cardboard, freezer I know there is plastic that is heat resistant??
Hi there..I use 2 layers of freezer paper. You can also use Mylar (which is a heat resistant plastic, but it is sometimes hard to find and also a little pricey!
Looks like another beautiful block and I love following your process. But you do have a dark side….. : – ) LOL Thanks for sharing. – Debra
Thanks, Debra! I believe you are right about the dark side thing!!
Kerry, the outer pieces make it look like a heart in the photo.
Thank you for sharing so freely. Your work continues to inspire. 🙂
Thanks so much!