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Monday, August 22, 2016


Had a chance to work on my quilt the last  pas few days and I've gotten three of the appliqued vegetables painted , cut out and fused to its back ground fabric. Once I get all of them finished I will piece together the separate vegetable block  segments and stitch it to the center design on the quilt.
   I found this  piece of fabric above  that I think will be perfect for the large trees in the fore ground of the quilt.
           Here are my three of the finished appliqued vegetable blocks. They are finished being painted , cut out , and fused to the muslin backing fabric.
  I'm going to be adding, hand or machine, stitching to each of the vegetables and I may be adding a few more leave and or flowers also.
 Eggplant, Yellow Crookneck Squash and Red Beets.


 After I paint my  fabric I iron on fusible web to the back of the  painted each finished piece. I use a straight pin to make a crease on the paper backed fusible web. After the paper is removed I fuse it to the backing fabric.
I put the original drawing underneath the  muslin and position my applique pieces  on top of the muslin and fuse.
 I gather all the things I need to make the vegetable I'm working on.
 Next I fuse everything in place and put the finished blocks in a small storage bag.

  When I'm making a quilt a keep a photo record of each step I do. If I need to check on anything I've done.
  While I'm doing this quilt I will post pictures of the steps I've taken.

    I start my quilts with a black line drawing and then I start transferring my drawing by placing some clear cellophane  wrapping paper over the top of the drawing. as I'm working on the quilt I draw in the part of the quilt I want to make a pattern for and then I find or make the fabric I need. I will do this for the entire center of the quilt . Using this method helps me keep organized.
  I measured and cut out the sky fabric I made and placed it under the clear cellophane wrapping paper.
 I placed my black line drawing under the cellophane on top of the sky fabric.
   I cut a piece of twine and attach it to the top left side of the quilt and I use this twine to find the line of light for the time of day I've chosen For this quilt the light will be coming from the top left and the
                                                      time of day is early morning.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

             Homemade Light Table
   I don't have a light table so I decided to make my own.
  I cut the top center part of the lid of  a large shoe box I had and taped all the edges with duct tape.
  I had a piece of glass cut to fit the top and taped the edge of the glass with duct tape so I would not get cut with the glass.
  I got a push on light and four batteries to set in the bottom of the box .
   When I need to transfer a design to paper backed fusible web or freezer paper I turn on the push light and set the glass on top of the box and then I'm able to trace my designs.
 It works great and cost less than buying a light box. I make allot of my tools to use when I'm making different projects.
   I have been setting  up a work board for the vegetable appliques I'm going to be putting around the boarder of this quilt.
  I've put the drawings of each vegetable on the left side of the board.
 I have the applique pieces cut out and numbered on the right side of the board.

  Each vegetables fabric will be fused onto paper backed fusible web and each part of  each vegetable will be drawn on freezer paper and ironed onto the fabric I choose for which ever  vegetable I'm making. here is my work board for the vegetables. I'm working on the beets now
I find I work better when I have my table and work board set up and ready to go each day. Once I'm  finished working for the day I get things in order for the next morning.

I've got all the fabric fused and either cut or ready to cut. I  will be fusing all the applique pieces on the a border segment and I'm going to use the  raw edge applique technique for the quilt.

This is a photo of the fabric I've fused . You can see the numbered pieces I have ironed to the surface of the fabric I'm using for the beets and  leaves. I use freezer paper for this part of the process . It helps keep the fabric stiff for easier cutting. Another thing I do to the fabric before I add the fusible web or freezer paper it to spray it with Terial Magic. Using this product keeps the fabric stiff and makes cutting out even the tiniest pieces  of fabric with ease.