Monday, March 22, 2010

A little tired..

Well we are home from Edmonton (3 boring straight hours drive north) from my son's soccer tournament. Although they didn't come home with a medal for provincial champion, they came home with smiles on their faces. It was a great weekend spending time with the parents and getting to know the guys a bit more. Some great laughs were had!

I did manage to go to one quilt shop in Sherwood Park...Lori's Country Cottage. A cute shop with a nice selection of fabrics and patterns. I couldn't leave empty handed. I picked out a few FQ's, needles and a pattern. Do you ever feel like you need to buy something in a shop just because you have circled around and around enjoying everything you see? .....I do.

I did start on a applique table runner for Easter. I am actually trying my hand at hand applique. I needed something portable. I thought I would stitch in the van while my son was driving but I fell asleep instead or I had to drive!

Question: I am using a blanket stitch to raw edge applique Easter eggs on the runner. Some of the eggs have a stripe of fabric or zig zag on them to further decorate them. I have used a lite heat n bond to fuse them on the background. Should I have appliqued the decorations on the egg first before putting it on the background? Or do you go through all three layers? hope this make sense. I am finding it really hard going through all the layers. Any suggestions?

I did manage to meet up with Andrea of Million Thoughts Trapped in my Head. She lives a few km's away from where I was staying. So nice to meet her and her boys. Hopefully she will come to Calgary for Quilt Canada (April 26th- May 1st) so we can continue chatting.

I am now trying to play catch up around the house gearing up for another busy week. I was so glad I didn't have to work today.
Have a great week everyone!


  1. I've gone through your applique dilemma before. High quality cotton thread and a new needle on the machine is your best bet. I've noticed I need to clean the needle occasionally, too, to get rid of the adhesive build-up.

    Glad you had a fun weekend! I didn't work today either; I love not working on Mondays! :)

  2. I've been thinking about trying hand applique also. I'm like you, I would like to have something I can work on when I'm unable to be in my sewing room. A table runner is a clever idea for a first start.

    I hope to see the finished project on your blog soon!

  3. Hi Lee!! It's Brenda, come to visit like your email asked and uh, boring 3 drive north to come to Edmonton??!! lol!!! I shop at Lori's!! And my friend works there!! Small world - and next time you come up north, boring as it is, let me know and we will meet somewhere!!!
    thanks for contacting me! It's great to meet new freinds. And if I come south, I will let you know too!


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