14 September 2009

The Iris Garden quilt

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You have heard mention of this quilt several times here. This is the progress report. Remember how it was initially going to be done using Sharon Schamber's gluing method? This would have worked except for one itty-bitty thing. Look at the photo. Do you see that blue ink on the applique pieces? Putting a hot iron to that is probably not a wise idea because it could very well set the ink. A reversion to handbasted prepared applique pieces insued using water soluble thread. The beauty of this is that nothing has to be removed -- either the applique stablizer or the thread. Check out this Superior Threads post on water soluble thread

O, and see that thimble? It was one of two thimbles that fit from the lot of thimbles won on eBay. On the outside it is either steel or iron because it sticks to a magnet and on the inside it is brass. It is like two thimbles, one inside the other, that have been crimped at the bottom. It was quite rusty, but the shop foreman at work cleaned it up for me and it has seen daily use. Love it!

10 comments:

  1. It is good that you thought about the ink before you pressed it permanently! I guess you will have to try the glue thing another project. Do you have to iron with glue? Can't you just finger press?

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  2. Well applique techniques can be tricky. I read a post recently that said that the disappearting pencil may come back to haunt a year or two later, causing damage to the fabic!

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  3. You are brilliant...all water soluble supplies and no paper or thread removal!! Look forward to seeing how it all comes together.

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  4. Very nice and yes, good thinking ahead of time about pressing the pieces. never tried the water-soluable thread method - but it's a good idea. I'm working on a Lynette Anderson (Australia) wall hanging with lots of applique, as well as embroidery. Keeps me out of trouble - no time. I did like the Firewood quilt, but yes it's probably time for bartering to be over, for a while. Good work there girl!

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  5. Always thinking you are.....

    Thanks for the water soluble thread idea. What genius.

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  6. That is a great idea for the applique - good thinking. Your Firewood quilt is beautiful and too bad about the confusion over the terms of the agreement. Live and learn, I guess.

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  7. Oh, good thinking girl! I just pressed some applique today, then scrubbed like heck to get the blue ink out, luckily it was just a little bit. I can't wait to see your quilt blooming.

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  8. Can't wait to see this quilt completed.

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  9. See what some pokin' around will getcha. More Iris! :)

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  10. There you go again using the "a" word, looks lovely.
    Vicki

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