Here is my challenge piece. It’s pretty small… 8.5” x 10.5”. As planned, I used fabric from my hand dyed stash except for the purple, which is from a commercial batik. I enjoyed the process of making a little art piece, but I have a lot to learn!
The background and the binding were cut from two of the deconstructed prints I made back in November.
This gave me an opportunity to try Mistyfuse which doesn’t have a paper backing like Wonder Under. To use it, you need a non-stick surface so it doesn’t fuse to your iron or ironing surface. There are brands specifically made for applique, but being the thrifty (cheap) soul I am, I bought the one that is used in the bottom of an oven to make clean up easier. Walmart – $4.97 – in the baking section. It isn’t transparent, but it works like a charm.
Mistyfuse is lightweight and doesn’t add a lot of bulk to your piece. Once I got the hang of using the teflon sheet it was great. No pulling paper off tiny pieces which sometimes makes the edges ravel. It also comes in white and ultraviolet.
I didn’t have time for Project Quilting last week since I’ve been up to my ears in more drywall finishing, hole patching and painting. The living room is finished except for another coat of paint on the ceiling. This house project is really cutting into my play time which gives me nothing much to blog about. February will likely be more of the same…my list is very long. The good news is that most of the jobs now are cosmetic and not structural like the kitchen remodel. My goal is to have all the painting done by the end of February. Wish me luck!
On a personal note, my brother Randy (the wheat farmer in Nebraska) is having some health problems and could use some prayers and healing thoughts sent his way. He had a heart attack yesterday and had a stent inserted today. Apparently this isn’t the first episode he’s had, but always thought it was heartburn. If all goes well, he’ll get to go home tomorrow - hopefully they’ll beat the snowstorm that’s brewing in Colorado where he had the procedure done. I’m afraid he has a long road of lifestyle change ahead. He’s overweight, diabetic and extremely stubborn. He’s also very lucky, because his Dr. indicated that many people don’t survive an attack like this one. If I thought a sister sermon would do any good, he’d get one.
Take care my bloggy peeps!