It is fully 30 degrees Fahrenheit cooler today than it was at this time yesterday. Sheesh. A girl doesn’t know from one day to the next whether she ought to shave her legs or not! Back to long pants and long sleeves.
Aside from that difference, I am having a “new day” in the machine applique department. When I do machine app, I use the starch and heat resistant template plastic method of prepping my shapes. Of late, I have had problems with my applique shapes scorching while I am preparing them. I’ve changed irons, changed starch, lowered my iron temp, lowered it some more and was still having problems. Rassum frassum! Well, a light bulb went on today. When I use the starch, I cover my regular ironing surface with some foil and then some muslin in an effort to make the regular ironing cover last longer. Over time, the muslin had become SCORCHED and brown. Hmm, I believe the scorched muslin has been transferring the scorchiness to my applique shapes.
So, I refreshed my protective surface:
Voila! No more scorch marks on my applique shapes. Took me long enough to figure this out…
After that, I happily put together the center block of Pots and Dots:
And, happily, the mail carrier brought me 10 yards of 7/8″ rick rack today! Thank you, ebay! I know, it’s not the requisite 1″ rick rack, but 1″ black rick rack is a little tricky to find…and I’m a little picky about my rick rack (don’t want any of that unevenly woven, wrinkly stuff).
I’m not sure I totally love the fabrics I combined:
The various border fabrics may help bring this together…or not.
I found two very inspiring (and complicated…) possibilities:
This pretty little thing uses one of my favorite shapes in a very clever way. I don’t know if you can see it, but there are narrow orange peel shapes dividing part of the center. There are four peel shapes and four compass points making the divisions between the ice cream cone shapes. I have lost my mind.
But, there is also this lovely thing for which there is actually a pattern (this is the Sarah Johnson quilt):
The center nine-patch, if you will, finishes to 12″–just what I need for the medallion quilt-along. Yes, let’s leave no stone unturned for possibilities and get as close to the start date as possible and then pick something detailed. Why not? If the weather stays cool, I will want to stay inside and sew. I’d better check which hemisphere I’m living in…