I’ve been creating a castle all day. It’s not what people do normally on a hot summers day but I’m on a roll and on a schedule so I’ve worked almost 10 hours on this section today… in all it will have taken me about 18 hours to prepare 2 feet of appliqué. which measures 2 ft X 2 ft.
There are almost 300 pieces to be drawn, assembled and cut.
I’ve had a lot of questions about how I approach my appliqué.
So here are a few answers.
- I never prewash the fabric. I need the sizing to keep the edge of the appliqué firm and crisp.
- So before you have a heart attack about not washing, I have chosen my fabrics wisely and I’ve also tested them for shrinkage and colorfastness.
- This quilt will never be washed if I can help it. The sizing in the fabric preserves the fabric and in particular against fading.
- I’m mainly using cherrywood fabric. I have some Hoffman fabrics for the textures and some batik for the hands and faces.
- I do have a few others but I won’t mention the brand in this forum. They give me a concern and I don’t want to be sued by telling you that I worry that the hand isn’t as good as I would like. I need a tight weave, and I want the color to go all the way through the fabric. That means, the back is the same color as the front. That way I avoid a ‘halo’ of white when I do raw edge appliqué.
- This is not a format quilt. By that I mean that every single piece is different. It’s not a bunch of flowers or repeating patterns and to date I have created 5890 separate pieces.
- That means that its real easy to get confused and because I want to work efficiently I draw, put on fabric and cut the appliqué in genres. For instance, one of the animals, or the castle. The man hanging off the roof etc.
- Each bag is labeled and it takes the confusion out of the equation.
- In other appliqué formats, I can just put all of the patterns down on the fusible web and mix it up all together, but this is different.
- I used the same technique for the quilt below.
Each person was cut out and put into bags so I didn’t get confused. It was a bit like “Where’s Wally’
- Each piece is assembled on a teflon appliqué sheet. Oh and I met a lady on my last tour who can make me a teflon sheet as large as I want.
- I’m using a new computer and I don’t have a photo of a teflon sheet in the base, , but I’m sure you know what I mean.
- For the fusible, I use steam a seam lite. Single. The double has too much glue for my liking.
- When you remove the paper from the back of the piece the glue remains tacky and you can place each piece quite well without pressing.
- I admit to being very nervous about placing the pieces without ironing and I iron them constantly. I can’t afford for a piece to slip out-of-place and then it’s not the same as the original Tapestry.
Nope you won’t see an image or a photo of the progress. Not until the entire project is finished.
If you have any questions, I’m happy to answer them,just drop me a line. Maybe you have some suggestions for preparing appliqué.