How many times has a task
Just the idea of getting from here to there.
What if you just let your mind dance on air.
Possibly you'd find a
new idea that would work.
That's just what I did when it
came to tackling the next border
of Di Ford's Sutton Grange pattern.
Can you believe this is the only photo I took of Di's quilt
when I saw it in person!!!
Oh, well. (sigh)
Remember, I had those 320 tiny drunkard path blocks to make.
I couldn't get past the idea of prepping and then
appliqueing each one individually.
I started thinking of each little block
as a quarter of a circle that was appliqued on a square.
I did some experimenting.
I had to figure out the size of the squares and circles
including the extra seam allowances.
I finally did it and
it was going to work!
So rather than prepping 320 quarter circles
it was down to 80 full circles.
I decided to go with the freezer paper method
and was so happy how quickly it went especially
using Missie's Fingertip Stiletto
It works as a fingertip stylus allowing you to get
very close the iron to gently fold the seam allowance into place.
Next I had to decide how to
applique 80 circles in a reasonable amount of time.
I recalled Angie, whose blog is
reviewed some different threads for machine appliqueing
I even had a spool and gave it a try.
It's a 100 ply poly thread that is soft, comes in lots of colors
and has a matte finish.
I think I had my solution.
I ordered a few spools from
They had a good prices and also had the smaller spools.
I was in business.
I used the overlock stitch flipped and crunched way down.
It's hard to even see the stitches!
Once the 80 circles were appliqued, I quartered them,
and finally, sewed them into blocks.
I was pretty pleased. The edges matched up
as well as if I had done it by hand.
Plus it was done in record time.
My nanny Nana duties are resuming this week
for these two Lovelies, as my daughter heads back to the classroom.
So, my sewing time will be spent in
a different way.
Finding some time efficient methods
Keep in mind, the
next time you're stuck on a project,
let your mind do an air dance
and see what you come up with.
Until Next Time-