Let’s Celebrate!!

I love it when a plan comes together!  In my last post I explained how I was trying really hard to stay organized, which is actually very difficult for me.  But my plan is working better than I hoped it would and I want to share it with you!

As I prep each piece, I glue it onto a copy of the paper pattern.

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I started out pinning each piece in place but soon realized I was going to run out of pins, and, more importantly, the pattern was pinned to the ironing board and I couldn’t move it.  So I started to use a glue stick and, now, life is good!  I can now move the pattern!

So, once I have enough pieces prepped to complete a section, I am ready to transfer the pieces to the background.  In reality, I could wait until the whole entire border is prepped before glueing the pieces onto the background, but I can’t wait that long!

So, I unstick the pattern piece from the pattern.  This is the point that I remove the freezer paper template.  By leaving in it, I can identify it (each piece has its own number…sort of like a paint by number picture).  The other reason I leave it in is just to keep it stable.

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I add a few dots of glue…

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….and then pop it in place.  Then I added a few more leaves and a bias stem….

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…and a few more leaves and another bias stem…and Voila!  Easy peasy!

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This pattern piece scares me.  There is very little seam allowance in between the leaf and the stem.

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Let me show you how I really feel.  scared-lady

So this is what I do.  I take my magic wand and…oh… I am pulling your leg!  I take my pencil and just draw a simple line.

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Now I can cut out the templates. And now I have two very manageable shapes to prep.  I did the same thing with a horse’s  leg.  Check it out here.

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Now I am very happy and I want to tell everyone how easy it is!

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And then celebrate!!

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Til next time…..

Kerry

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23 thoughts on “Let’s Celebrate!!

  1. As always love your process sharing posts. I’ve done that trick before of making two pieces. Great about the gluing to the pattern – good idea. Thanks so much – it already looks so lovely.

  2. You have such good ideas! I especially like what you do with the stem and leaf and the horse’s leg!
    The border idea is also super clever. I enjoy watching your progress on projects. You are an inspiration.
    hugs,
    Brenda

  3. I recently did the same thing with the glues stick on my pattern, just a quick dab. Love the tip about separating the leaf and stem.

  4. Wonderful blog. You also used that method in the trousers of the groom. See, I pay very close attention to your great tips anxious to get back to applique, but too busy hand quilting Dear Jane for a show February 25. Gale in so Fla

  5. Just saw a Link to your site from the FB group ( JustTake 2 : Brenda posted the link ) and I always feel like that screaming lady, lol! I have so far to go but something tells me your site is going to be a big help, though I cannot do anything complex yet . Bookmarking you ! 🙂

  6. Kerry, this is a great tip. I’ve used several different approaches to prepping applique pieces (depending on the pattern’s complexity), but never thought to try this. I’m doing the Benjamin Biggs Wedding Quilt (http://www.justtakes2.com/) QAL and will try this with the February block.

    Thanks for sharing!

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