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I have been hinting about this BOM for awhile and now that I am eventually ready to start, I would like to share it with you all.
Lets back up the truck a bit to that visit I made to The Old Church closing down event way back in June...the day I met both Leonie Bateman and Sue Daley. I initially fell in love with Sue's quilt, "Lancaster" which was one of many on display but I also got a chance to look at Leonie's design...Brookfield which is soooo much nicer in real life.....no picture can do it justice.
I could only afford to get one of these quilts and two factors helped me make up my mind.....1) I already have two Sue Daley kits that are waiting to be sewn....'Marmalade' & 'Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows'; and 2) I really wanted to work with wool felt.
I got started with a couple of blocks on Friday, just to give me an idea of the process and then today I started the production line. The little basket template comes in so handy because it is so much easier to trace around a template rather than trace one through freezer paper.
This production line was going to be a breeze. First off....tracing the design and ironing the freezer paper onto the felt squares.
Then cutting out the baskets and adding some glue to the back of them.....using the bonus BOM gift, a Sue Daley sandpaper board, kept those felt bits nice and stable for a swipe of glue.
After that, the felt baskets were glued to the shirt fabric backing and I took them back to the ironing board to affix the whisperweft.
After that was done, I did something which I have never, ever done before......I stapled the applique to the backing fabric!! Because felt doesn't fray, a stabilising medium isn't necessary, and it would make it to hard to sew through as well, I imagine. That is why it is a good idea to staple the basket shapes to the background....extra insurance for less movement.
And this is what I will be setting my mind to for the week.....the first 8 basket blocks for "Brookfield" by Leonie Bateman Designs.
|6 out of the 8|
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