Daily Archives: March 20, 2014



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Applique continued

Yesterday I think I failed to suggest that when you are done using the tube of glue, it’s a good idea to put a pin in the top to keep it from clogging with the glue.   This makes it so much easier to use the next time.   I leave the pin in there whenever I’m not using the glue.

P1010028 put pin in glue tip

After the final press, I did put dots of glue (and pressed) around the hat to adhere it to the background before taking to the machine.  In that way, the hat doesn’t move around while I am trying to sew around it.   This morning when I picked up the project, it was all ready to go.

P1010012 stitching around hat

I sewed around each of the hats.   I used a 1 width and a 2 length on the little zigzag that takes 3 stitches to the middle and 2 more back.    With this setting it takes one bite on the background and the next on the hat.  I also used a monofilament thread which is nearly invisible

P1010015 missed stitches.

As I went around the hat there were times that two stitches in a row hit the hat – no worries.   There were other times that two or three stitches missed the hat.   If only two, again – not to worry, but if I missed three stitches, I did go back, but not to remove stitches.

P1010016 missed stitches

This thread is difficult to see and so is easy to just back up without cutting the thread and start again where you missed.

P1010017 stitched down hats

Now the little hats are secured and need the poms.

P1010018 thread around circle

The circles need to be cut enough larger to be able to go around the cardboard template and be pulled together on the other side.   I ran a thread around near the edge

P1010019 cardboard in center

Then laid the cardboard on the center

P1010019 cardboard in center

As I pulled the two ends of the thread, the fabric wrapped around the cardboard

P1010021 pull up around cardboard

I then pressed it good and used a bit of the Best Press to hold it.

P1010024 glue dots

Now it was time to remove the cardboard and give it another press and some glue to hold it in place so I could sew.    A note here.   I have found trying to sew on appliques like this that aren’t secure tend to move while I am sewing.

P1010026 circle glued on

I sewed around each pom and this block is also finished.

P1010030 done hat block

One thing I’d like to caution, especially beginners on, is that life isn’t perfect and there are imperfections in this work as well.   But the block looks good from a few inches away and the stitching is secure and the quilt will take a fair amount of use without being hurt.  And the block  is DONE!