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

More.

Hiya!  Just this morning I finished the last of the machine applique on this border.  I am liking the colors, fabrics and fussy cuts!  : )  I am also liking the speed! Needless to say, machine applique goes much faster than hand applique, and I enjoy BOTH in my world.

I do have the next applique shapes prepped.  I need to think about this next border and if I want a solid colored narrow border like I did between the heart and first border.  I will also need to choose fabrics for the squares that surround the next applique blocks.  Hmmm…we’ll see…?!

And, there are circles too.  Of course!  ; )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sew glad to have found some time to do a bit of stitching!  I hope you can too.  ; )  Enjoy your day and the stitches you make!

Piecefully, Pam

Furnishing a home

at the Beach…

For much of my life I have never had the option of buying new…furniture, clothes, etc.  So, when I go into most stores, or (God forbid!) a Mall, I am overwhelmed and intimidated. However, I am a very versed thrift and second hand shopper.  I have grown to love the appeal and feel of vintage.  I have turned my bargains into my own individual “style” and it works for me, us, and our home.  ; )

We need some furniture for our home at the Beach.  Bed rooms especially.  We went to a couple new furniture stores and left empty handed.  We did find a wonderful co-op antique mall though.  We bought two night stands for our bedroom and a WONDERFUL chair to use in our (temporary) studio space.  We couldn’t be more pleased!!!  Heywood and Wakefield and a Danish modern recliner.  Perfect!

How do you furnish your home?  What is comfortable to you?

I have decided to go with Beach colors – lime green, orange, aqua, hot pink, red, tempered with grey and black and wood tones.  We’ll see how things continue to evolve…  Thanks for sharing this journey with us.

Heywood and Wakefield night stands with orange lamps from Target!

Danish modern recliner with ORANGE curtains...?! Outrageous!?

Piecefully, Pam

P.S.  That Danish modern recliner is GREAT for hand applique!  ; )

A pot becomes

a vase.  This is what I have progressed to throughout the day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I haven’t done this much stitching in a day in a l-o-n-g while.  It felt s-e-w good!!!

I vacuumed, made a batch of chocolate chip cookies, walked Jingle – twice, made pasta and homemade sauce too.  Not to mention the dishes.  ; )

Now, I’m ready for a glass of wine and some stitching…

May your evening be pleasant also.

Piecefully, Pam

Throwing a pot.

Well, not exactly.  I am making a vase.  Since Mother Nature threw a kink into the plans for my day off, I have been playing in the studio!  ; )  After walking Jingle and shoveling this morning, I chose one of the easier blocks from Kim McLean’s Roseville Album and have been busily stitching.  It’s wonderful!!!  I am listening to music, getting some chores done in betwixt stitches, and just thoroughly enjoying piece and peace.  Happy Friday to you!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

While Santa’s not looking

I’ve been squeezing in a few stitches…here and there.  This weekend we head to Momma Barb’s for our annual Holiday Extravaganza!!!  : )  This is the very FIRST time I will have the privilege of sharing the magic of Christmas with a little one.  I can hardly wait…!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HoHoHo!!!

Piecefully, Pam