Tuesday, 26 June 2012

This could take a while

After the craziness that was the last week I finally found some time yesterday to finish the fifth ring for my Bloom and baste them all onto the background. I went with grey for the outer ring in the end, so my plans for a light grey background got changed to pale blue. I'm slightly freaked out that it isn't white, but I'm trying to get over it. 
It took pretty much the whole evening (about 5 hours) to applique the first ring, and I started on the second one (red/orange) this morning. I am usually really crap about using the correct needle - I use size 9 sharps for pretty much everything - but actually invested in some proper applique needles for this. And WOW, what a difference! They are really fine and slightly flexible, so it's possible to end up with almost invisible stitches. I always thought I was rubbish at applique. Turns out I just didn't have the correct tool for the job. That's a lesson well learned.
I'm using the wonderful Aurifil 50, which is so smooth that I haven't had a single problem with snagging. Pretty impressive given that I am really lazy and always use way too long a piece of thread so that I don't have to tie loads of knots. 
I'm really hoping to get the stitching finished this week so that I can baste at the weekend. I'd better stock up on spray baste - I have a feeling this baby could use a couple of cans!

11 comments:

  1. Oh you made me laugh about the thread and needle stuff. I am like that. Whatever needle is at hand, and sewing with really long threads because of the whole tying a knot business. You think we would learn!

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  2. Ah hah - lightbulb moment about using the right needle for the right job...huh. I'll give that a try and see how I do too!! Can't wait to see the finished quilt top.

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  3. Where did you get the needles? I always end up using the variety packs from the local fabric shop!

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  4. It's looking so good ... enjoy the process!

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  5. Shit 5 hours for one ring!!!!! I decided against machine stitching them down, this is going to take me forever, best go and get some of those needles :)

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  6. Maybe using the wrong needle is my problem too. I just use whatever needle is at hand and never realized there was a "perfect" needle for the job. I'm going to pick up some applique needles for sure. Thanks for the tip.

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  7. You totally made me laugh! I used to use whatever needle was handy too and 'suffered' through the process. A good needle and the proper thread are amazingly helpful!

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  8. I like Aurifil, but try Presencia if you get chance - it's super strong and fine.
    Oh but, hand applique?! Can you say glutton for punishment? Repeat ten times.

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  9. Ooh I use a YLI silk thread for hand applique - the stitches disappear! And if you go for a neutral colour it seems to blend with all colours! But it will tangle if you go for too long a thread!

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  10. please do hurry and finish...I CAN"'T wait to see it!

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thanks for making my day!