Today I stepped outside of my square, took a leap into the unknown and had a wonderful fun day! Unfortunately raw edge applique has always escaped my enjoyment and when the opportunity arose to attend a class with the friendly Kellie Wufsohn (Don't Look Now!) ~ a master at her craft ~ I jumped right in and soaked up all of the wisdom on offer.
Family Tree ~ pattern by Kellie Wufsohn (Don't Look Now!)
Family Tree is just one of Kellie's many colorful applique designs and is particularly suited to practising the free motion stitching technique. I've learned so much today, including: fusible web can be tricky stuff, the darning foot is used for more than just darning, the pros of polyester thread, and wait for it .... basting spray and how to use it!
In case you're wondering: my little black birds are missing their legs - just temporarily.
The applique pieces have been fused onto the background fabric and the free motion stitching around the edge of the shapes has commenced. The concentration required is almost palpable and I certainly hope that practice makes perfect.
Thank you to Kellie for making the class so enjoyable and sharing your knowledge without hesitation. Now ~ there is homework to be done. At the next class we will be learning to fill in the background with free motion quilting. Practice ... practice ...