was I thinking" purchases. You know the ones; on the clearance shelf at the local hobby and craft store, priced at $25.00. It is a whole cloth applique quilt kit that is a poly/cotton blend. Everything is included except the embroidery floss. I bought two, but have since given one to my SIL. (Hi SIL!)
Several years ago another one of these kits was purchased at a local flea market; this rose kit was half finished so I proceeded to complete it -- all by hand. This iris quilt is not going to be done by hand like the rose quilt. No way. The amount of time and the inconsistency of the printing on the applique pieces in the previous applique quilt cured me of that idea. So an entire weekend and 5 evenings have been spent tracing the applique pieces onto a poly stabilizer so I can try out a technique learned in a class by Kelly Gallagher-Abbott. This technique is very similar to the one that Sharon Schamber uses in her book Piece by Piece Machine Applique.
I am being fairly laissez-faire about this quilt because, frankly, I am using it as practice. It will incorporate a new machine applique technique plus it will be machine quilted. The quilting design is pre-printed on the whole cloth background and is actually for hand quilting. I am going to do it by DSM and hope the blue dots of the quilting lines wash out.
The next step is to create the more than 200 applique pieces using a combo of fabric and the stabilizer.
You will be kept apprised of my progress as I bounce between this project and the commission quilt.