Here are my first few blocks. I love Daiwabo fabrics and have been collecting them for a few years now. It was going to be either Daiwabos or Cherrywoods (my other obsession). I decided to go with the Daiwabos, obviously. Now the decision is to stitch around the applique with a blanket stitch or a tiny zigzag. I'm leaning towards the zigzag for a couple of reasons....the main reason being that all the stitching is on the applique, rather than on the background. This is important because then the applique/fusible/background provides enough stability that I don't need a stabilizer underneath and I won't get any puckering. Plus, the zigzag is more forgiving if i wander a bit...since the thread will match the applique piece, if I wander on the background it will really show. Of course I will be using AURIFIL 50 wt thread....there is nothing better. Period. Plus, I love their wide range of colors. I think that sometimes I will try to match the applique, but sometimes I might use a shade or two lighter or darker, or use the color next door, to add a little depth.
Did I tell you that there are 25 blocks, PLUS 25 border blocks? Yikes. If I had nothing else going on, I would try and get this done by December, when I have a spot reserved with an amazing longarm quilter. I'm going to give it a shot, but I know it is a really, really long shot. All that stitching is going to take a long time.....
By the way, I am using a new fusible. Well, it's not really new, just new to me....
SOFT FUSE, by Stacey Michell is wonderful. It is the best fusible I have used. We now have it on the bolt, and it is 36" wide! At $9 a yard, at that width, that's a bargain! Give it a try if you see it...I think you're going to like it!
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