40 Shades of Grey BOM

I’ve gotten caught up on my 40 Shades of Grey block of the month.  They’re nice and big and so far, have been easy to do.

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The hardest block so far was this month’s log cabin with the applique flower pieces.

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I hate applique so I had to make peace with doing these flowers and I see that these types of flowers are all over the whole quilt!  I remembered that I was taught a technique a few years ago to applique circles where you sew interfacing onto the back and then turn inside out.  I had to refresh my memory but that’s how I ended up doing these.

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You draw your circle onto the “un-bumpy” side of the interfacing which is then sewn to the right side of your circle fabric with bumpy side down.

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Trim fabric to a quarter or a half inch around stitching.

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Cut a slit in the interfacing so you can turn it inside out.

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Use a blunt pair or scissors or something to push sides out and then iron flat onto the surface you want to applique it to.

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Then you’re ready to hand applique or I just top-stitched with similar thread.

My circles didn’t come out perfect but I think I’ll get better by the time I finish this quilt and I’m not heavily into perfection so I’m OK with the results.  I think these would look fine just as raw edge applique also but this is going to be a large quilt so it will probably be used on a bed often.  I think raw edge applique might not do well on a quilt that’s used a lot.

So that BOM is caught up.  I’m now 3 months behind on my Long Time Gone BOM but I think January will be a good time to do lots of sewing and I’m sure I’ll catch up then.

I have to share my progress on another project I’m finishing up.

I’ve been hand quilting my big houses quilt with a big stitch baptist fan design.

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I’m free handing this so don’t look too close – did I mention I’m more about output than perfection?  This big stitch method goes very fast and with this thread that I’m using; the quilting is very soft.

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Let me tell you how great it is to be under this quilt on these cold December evenings here in Germany watching all my favorite Christmas movies and finishing up another project.

May your holidays be warm and quilt-y!

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