Thursday, May 26, 2011

Getting Started

As I child I loved the mindless hours I spent cutting out clothes for my paper dolls.  I wondered if I would recapture that feeling as I traced and cut the petals for the Joseph's Coat. I was looking forward to finding zen in the art of applique.

I was able to cut 368 petals from the 10 yard roll of fusible. There was something meditative about tracing and cutting the same shape over and over. And now I have 30 blocks worth! The quilt takes 637 but I think this is a good stopping spot. The next step was to fuse the shapes to the fabric, trim the seam allowance and turn it down. I made 89 before I was compelled to count again. I have an idea about how I am going to arrange the colors and can't be certain until I see it up on the design wall.  

So, I bought 8 yards of  Kaffe Fassett's shot cotton in Blueberry. Starched it. And have begun to applique. 


  1. Sounds as if quilting requires a lot of patience and perseverance. Those are qualities I admire.

  2. Wow, nice colours! It will be exciting to see how it turns out. Last week I made about 200 petals and am still unglueing my fingers...

  3. More salad? Very funny; have you heard about EHEC in Germany?
    And I did mean threadmill...wages???

  4. Of course I'm brilliant, and modest!