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Block of the Months > Spring Bouquet by Edyta Sitar (Click here for much more info)

Spring Bouquet by Edyta Sitar (Click here for much more info)


 
Spring Bouquet by Edyta Sitar (Click here for much more info)


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Wouldn't it be great if you could do applique without all the tracing and cutting?  Now you can.   The pieces are ALREADY CUT AND HAVE THE FUSIBLE ON THEM.  The paper backing comes off easily with a sideways push of your thumb.  Then you just put it on the background fabric in the proper place, and iron.   Remember Colorforms from your childhood?  It's fun, like those were.

Each month has a packet like this with three zip lock bags stapled together:

 

 

 

 

Here's the flower pieces from the bag dumped out, next to the leaves bag. 

 

 There's also a stem bag.

 

 These two photos are meant to show the paper easily coming off the back of the fabric flower.

 

 

 

 Step by step you can do it.  These are pictures of me starting one of the borders:

Here's the layout showing where the pieces go:

 

 With the fabric on top of the layout on a light box:

 

 Taking the paper off the back of the stem:

 

 Cutting it to the right length (there are only a couple time when this need to be done).

 

 

 

 

 With a few more pieces added;

 

What it looks like without the light box on:

 

 

After that part of it was done, I slid it to the left and repeat.

 

 THIS IS A GREAT ADVANCEMENT IN APPLIQUE

To put this in perspective - I often show the sample of my first fusible applique, a Mckenna Ryan project, and explain how it took about 5 hours to do the first block - that's tracing, cutting, attaching to the back of the fabric, cutting precisely, removing the paper backing, placing on the background, and ironing/fusing. 

Now more than half the work has been eliminated:  tracing, cutting, attaching to the back of the fabric, cutting precisely, removing the paper backing, placing on the background, and ironing/fusing.  What took 5 hours on that first project, took 1 hour on this Spring Boquet project.   I am not kidding, or exaggerating.  I time things (I'm weird like that).  It took 2 hours to do a small zig zag stitch with invisible thread around the pieces.  So in 3 hours I was much farther than I had been in 5.

There are several ways you can choose to participate in this.  One is to buy the whole kit and caboodle at one time, do it as a block of the month, or pick the month(s) that you might like to do for a wall hanging, table runner, gifts, etc.  In this last case, we still have to charge you $ 25 for the pattern because it is not sold separately, and I do not want to cheat Edyta Sitar out of any money.  She's brilliant, lives in Michigan and I like her.

At quiltfabric.com, we actually make the quilt, so we know what to watch out for and can give you tips on how to make it easier, or avoid a problem.  I wanted to have the sample finished by now.   I had all the 9 blocks but together in a few days the week of 4th of July, but then we moved the store, and there went all my spare time for a couple of weeks.  Now all the borders are done and I have made the checkboard.  I just have to put it all together.

They obviously used Steam a Seam, which is my favorite anyway.

These are pictures of the blocks as I made them on  my family room floor.  They match the carpet very well, don't they/  It may have to end up in that room.

 

And this is a picture of the borders on my dining room table: