Remember back a few entries ago, I vowed to try something new…applique.
Remember I found my long lost pressing rods and used them for the first time in FIVE years.
Well the wait is over, I finished my Five Cent Fairy Garden Candle Mat from Kim Deihl’s book Simple Blessings.
I attended a class where they taught applique using applique stabilizer. I have gotten several questions about the process and will answer all the questions in tomorrow’s post. For today, I thought I would just show you the completed candle mat.
Although the pattern used plaids, I raided my civil war scraps. The border is from the new Indigo and Blue line….LOVE IT! I probably should have done more machine quilting in the borders but I was ready for this project to be done and was afraid to add too much. The original pattern shows a lot a echoing quilting using the big stitch method but I wasn’t real fond of that. I was just so antsy to see how it would end up. The applique peices are REALLY hard and stiff in this process. I just wanted to see if they would actually soften up. The instructor kept telling us they would once it was washed but I wanted to SEE it with my own eyes so I wasn’t a patient quilter. I ended up just stitching about 1/8″ around the applique pieces and stitched in the ditch in the center.
It’s done…and now after three finishes this week, I am definately ready for a new project.