|From Quilts I Make|
Miss Charlene is going to move. Her son has moved to a different part of the city and has found a new closer place for her to live. Both my Mother in Law and Miss Charlene are devastated.
The quilt above was a mystery quilt that I did a couple of years ago. It was all pinned and ready for me to quilt - I just never did. This must be the reason - it was waiting for just the right person to give it to. Miss Charlene!
Now I'm not a good free-motion quilter,, but I keep trying.
So, Self, how can I get the design on this one that a good long-arm quilter does? I have free motion designs, but how do I get them to the quilt, cause I sure can NOT do it without tracing something
AAHH,, self I say, copy those designs to paper then stitch thru the paper!
AAHH! Freezer paper is big and wide, that should work -- ???!
I traced the design and pinned the papers to the quilt top, so far so good. I sewed thru the paper and that worked well. < I'm getting better with my stitches being uniform - that's good!>
But freezer paper is heavy so turning the quilt around was difficult at times which didn't help getting some good curves. But that's ok, I'm Learning!
I told self to remember that -- freezer paper is big, but heavy.
Time to tear off the paper. Freezer paper DOES NOT tear easily. and, Tearing made some stitches come loose. Not good. So I tore off what I could, then figured when I was all done, I could WASH them away! < yeah yeah! that will work good! Paper dissolves good in water! >
But I can't do this until I'm all done with the borders or binding.
For the border, I sure didn't want to use freezer paper again, so I had some Solvy stuff and spray adhesive that I bought at the Houston Quilt Festival last year,, why not finally use it! I copied my design, sprayed the borders and stuck it on. It wasn't bad. Held pretty good and was very easy to follow while I was stitching the design. It even ripped off pretty good and where it was inbetween the stitches, all I had to do was heat up a little iron, and with heat, this stuff balled up and I just brushed it off. VOILA! It was pretty cool for small spaces, or borders :)
|From Quilts I Make|
How did I get the paper off the front you might ask? No, washing didn't work. All I had was a quilt with bits of paper stuck in stitiching. So Sunday afternoon, I sat in front of the tv with the quilt and tweezers pulling out bits of paper.
So this is the story of Miss Charlene's quilt, I hope she likes it and when she puts it on her lap to stay warm, I hope she thinks of my mother in law and how much we miss Miss Charlene!