It always amazes me how I spend a month or more planning, making lists and organizing for a special day and then it passes so quickly. Christmas day was lovely though and everything went perfectly! I was given a new book, "You Sew, Girl!" by Nicole Mallalieu which I am enjoying reading and will hopefully make some of the projects from it.
The last few days I have so enjoyed not having a list, deadlines to meet or any commitments and have grabbed opportunities to get some Vignette sewing done. I have started working on the middle blocks, blocks 6 and 7 ...
Because I don't have many lighter fabrics, I decided to use one fabric for the background instead of piecing it as in the pattern. I am enjoying the needleturn as a change from the border blocks that have such a lot of stitching. A while ago I got a "Learn Needleturn Applique with Sarah Fielke" DVD with the Quilters Companion magazine #51 and it has been very useful. I now finger press my applique shapes before stitching and Sarah also teaches a really easy way to make circles which I am finding so helpful I thought I'd share ...
|Start with your circle cut out of card (here it is a 1"), cut your fabric slightly bigger, and cut a small square of tinfoil.
|Layer the tinfoil, then the fabric and then the circle shape cut out of card.
|Tightly fold the tinfoil around the circle shape, folding the fabric up tightly with the tinfoil.
|Iron your little tinfoil parcel, leave it to cool a few minutes as it gets very hot.
|Once cool, unpeel the tinfoil, carefully remove the card and you are left with an almost perfect circle for sewing! Clever, isn't it!! This is the DVD.
Happy stitching, Wendy