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The project moves forward…

Well thanks to Doris’ comments and a little inspiration the project is on the move again. I had a roll of “grease-proof” paper or sandwich wrap which I have used for tracing before. However this time I used it slightly differently. First I traced the pattern onto the paper. Next I spray starched the back of my top fabric then laid my bottom fabric – face down – on it and ironed it. Being a ‘no brand name generic’ type starch it’s pretty useless as starch but it did help the two fabrics become attracted to one another so I could mover them as one.

The two fabrics "starched" together

The two fabrics "starched" together

Now, as I wanted my design to come out the right way, I placed the traced design face down on the back of the bottom fabric. The other reason for doing it this way rather than face up on the top fabric is that I have a design element on the bottom fabric that I want to be centered in the central circle and this way I could easily see it and position it.

Positioning the design over the bottom fabric

Positioning the design over the bottom fabric

Then I took a basting thread and a largish needle and basted on the lines so that when I have finished I will have the whole design back-basted and then – hopefully – I can reverse applique the design. (Excuse the colour of the photo below, I took it at night with light on.)

Back-basting

Back-basting

The design takes shape

The design takes shape

The design appears on the top fabric

The design appears on the top fabric

A new book

Well, at least, it’s a new book for me. The postman just delivered Carol Doak‘s Easy Machine Paper Piecing. You may recall I tried foundation paper piecing a week or so ago and really enjoyed it. This book was recommended to me by the teacher and so I hopped online and went straight to The Book Depository to order it without having to pay postage! So now I’m going to put the kettle on and take a good look at it and then it’s back into the basting.

[Edited this to put the photo in. I forget earlier.]

Carol Doak's book

Carol Doak's book

Quilts by hand

If you read the comments left by Doris on the earlier post about this project you’ll notice how much experience and wise advice she has to offer. If you’d like to access some of her advice for yourself then come along and join the quiltsbyhand Yahoo email group. They’re a great bunch of women and one man – Hi Louis! – who predominantly use hand-piecing and quilting (though many of us do both hand and machine work).

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