It is the first Wednesday of the month, time to show the next block of the Be My Neighbor quilt along. It seems like block three has the most pieces of all the blocks, some really tiny! Plus it has appliqué, my nemesis. But, I am determined to do this. After all, the only way to grow is to practice. So, I cut pieces of scraps, keeping in mind that I wanted the background to be sky.
This time I read the directions instead of jumping in. The roof section was pieced, then I started on the mailbox and windows.
So far, so good, laying out the elements after each step. Tiny bits make the mailbox, and I was happy that they went together as they designed.
I like the purple for the house.
Looking good, all done with the piecing.
Oh, crap. Do you see what I did wrong? Of course I didn’t notice it until I took the picture. The bottom has sky fabric, so the house appears to be floating in the clouds. The bottom background pieces should be green to create a ground. So, I frogged off the bottom, and resewed it with green. Then turned my attention to the appliqué.
I started the circle on the birdhouse with a yo-yo, but that didn’t work. There were too many points instead of a smooth circle and it was too big. Yep, you guessed it, a bit more frogging was in order. I got out several applique books and decided on the fusible interfacing method for the appliqués. Templates were cut out of Golden Threads Paper for both fabrics and interfacing.
Then the interfacings were lightly fused to the cut out bits. The hope is that I will be able to have something to guide the needle-turn and make a smooth edge. I did clip the inside curve on the bird body. This gave the appliqué pieces a bit of body and helped create the edge as I sewed.
My book says to use tiny stitches for the best result on curves, so I did my best. Still not happy with this, the bottom edge is a bit ragged where I have sewn. You can see the raw edge at the top where I haven’t turned it under yet.
I pinned all the bits to the block so I wouldn’t lose any of them, and put it next to my chair for stitching on Sunday.
The bird began with its rosy breast, I am hoping it will look like a robin.
I couldn’t get the turned under areas to stay put, so I tried more pins. Some of these were a help, and some got in the way.
The little tiny beak was the most trouble. I hate working with tiny pieces. I put a French knot in black for the bird’s eye. It doesn’t look that good, but as I like to say, finished is better than perfect. Perhaps after the entire quilt is done I’ll go back and add a tiny bead or button for its eye.
Now it is done. I need to iron it, but it is done in time for the meeting today, yippee!!
How’s your quilt coming along, or whatever you are working on?