Bridging

I have begun to hand applique the first tree on my Roseville Album block #3.  I am using what I call my “bridging technique”.  I glue base the shape into position without cutting away all of the fabric from those deep inner plunges between the tip of the tree branch to the trunk.

Hand appliqueing my way down the tree branch to the trunk, snipping the fabric as I sew to provide stabilization and prevent distortion.

Hand appliqueing my way down the tree branch to the trunk, snipping the fabric as I sew to provide stabilization and prevent distortion.

Continuing to snip and stitch a little bit at a time.

Continuing to snip and stitch a little bit at a time.

Tah-dah!  The first branch is hand appliqued in place!

Tah-dah! The first branch is hand appliqued in place!

and this is the piece that I cut away as I was taking my applique stitches.

and this is the piece that I cut away as I was taking my applique stitches.

I will use this process/technique for each tree branch that I stitch.  ; )

Do you have a particular process that you use to help control wonky shapes and prevent distortion while stitching?  I’d be glad if you shared your methods!

Kind Regards, Pam

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Hand applique

home construction and landscaping!  I am working on my third Kim McLean Roseville Album block.  I have “constructed” much of my house prior to placing it on the background fabric.  Using unit construction I sewed the straight edge of the roof to the house top and sewed two of the four chimneys in place, the other two are glued in position.

The windows have been reverse appliqued.

Reverse appliqued windows

reverse appique

I am getting ready for the landscaping too!  I will use my bridging technique for the trees which will help me maintain their shape without distortion as I sew.

buildin a home and doing landscaping with hand applique

Piecefully, Pam

Progress, play and pain.

I worked from home for a few hours this evening, but managed to take a few stitches in the morning.  No trip to Burkholder’s or Sauder’s.  Scott’s back went out and he has VERY limited mobility.  Guess what?  That means that I have to go to visit my Mom without him tomorrow.  I’ll be practicing G.R.A.C.E.  Wish me luck.  I will NEED it.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

; )

Piecefully, Pam

Finding my way.

Friday was the end of an era for me.  And Monday?  The beginning of a new chapter.  Two days into it I’m feeling less intrepid and more encouraged. That’s good, right?!

So, it’s been a new home, a new job and a new shift all in the span of three weeks. None of which was exactly planned or expected…  Surprisingly, we’re holding up rather well.  Scott has been SO supportive, my friends too, and that has been a REAL help.  Thanks, peeps!!!  ; )

Today I did some sewing.  Oh, it felt SEW good!!!  This morning I finished my Bunny Hill Snowbound BOM #9.  Yay!!!  Today at lunch, I sat outside in the glorious weather we’re having, and took some stitches on my Roseville Album squirrel panel.  Pure delight!!!

Please, bear with me as I navigate these new roads and find my way.  My stitching has been less frequent, as have my posts.  I hope to find balance before too long…

Piecefully, Pam