Share Your World April 2, 2018

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It’s that time again for another one of Cee’s Share Your World.  Here are her questions and my answers.  🙂

What was or is your favorite cartoon?  I don’t know if I have a favorite cartoon.  I guess that would include animated movies right?  I would say, Finding Nemo.  

Which cooking utensil (other than the usual pots and pans etc) would you miss the most?  I would be totally lost without my instant pot.  I cook on Sunday for the whole week and I use it every week.  I make everything in it.  

Would you dare to sleep in a haunted house overnight?  No, I don’t believe I would want to invade the spirits territory.  

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  The beautiful weather!  It has been warm, sunny and the Carolina Blue sky is as bright as can be.  🙂  

 

B is for Basting

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Basting is a term used for holding two pieces of fabric together prior to quilting or holding a zipper in place to keep it from moving while you sew it into a garment.  Basting can be done by hand or machine.  And in quilting also by safety pins.  Usually, basting stitches are long stitches that are easily removed after the article is completed.

In quilting, when you put your sandwich together, the top, bat, and backing, safety pins are placed spaced about six inches apart so that you can make your quilting stitches.

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A is for Appliqué

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Appliqué is used very often in quilting and cloths construction. It can be accomplished by hand or machine. There are different ways of doing hand appliqué.  The needle turn method and the freezer paper method are the ones I am familiar with.

An image, say a flower is cut out of fabric.  It is placed on a background fabric by the use of small invisible stitches.  This is a task that is not easily done nor perfected.  I have attempted this technique many times with at best mediocre success.  My stitches are often too large and not nearly invisible enough.  The edges of my turned fabric are not smooth either.  I have been shown by a few appliqué experts and it just doesn’t stick with me.

So, on to the freezer paper method.  The freezer paper is ironed onto the back of the flower.  Then the flower is stitched onto the background with tiny invisible stitches.  After the flower is attached to the background, it is turned over and the back of the flower is slit and the freezer paper removed.  Again, my stitches are too big and can be seen.

In machine appliqué, the image is attached to the background using a sewing machine. There are several different feet and stitches that can be used. The feet and stitches are determined by how you want the edge of your image to look.  If you want it to look like it’s done by hand, you choose an invisible stitch.  Otherwise, there are many other stitches that can be used to add decoration to the applique.

Appliqué can also be achieved using wool fabric.  The stitches are much more prominent in the piece as that is the desired effect.  This works up quickly and gives you a much more primitive piece.

Lastly, an embroidery machine can be used to appliqué.  The machine stitches out an outline for the fabric, then it stitches around the layered fabric creating an appliqué.

All of these methods require practice and patience.  And they all produce a lovely piece of work when completed.

Below is a wall hanging that was a gift from a friend of mine.  She used her embroidery machine to appliqué the Sunbonet Sue’s onto the quilt.

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SLIME

Daily Prompt:  Radiant, Toxic

I spent Easter with my family at my daughter Samantha’s home.  My granddaughter Alannah got slime in her Easter basket.  You heard me right, SLIME!  Now, when I was growing up anything with a name like SLIME was considered nothing less than toxic.  But this generation of munchkins is a new breed.

Alannah was sitting at the kitchen table playing with this green sparkling glowing sticky stuff.  It was shaking and spreading all over the place.  I touched it and got the heebee jeebies from it.  YUK!  She kept asking me if I thought it was pretty.  After telling her no a  dozen or more times I realized that she was not getting the answer she wanted from me and finally responded with a resounding yes.

The worst thing I can remember was silly putty.  And all that was good for was copying the Sunday comics with.  I vaguely remember my kids having something called slime now that I think about it.  It was a fluorescent green runny substance that was made popular by a TV show.

Whatever happened to getting stuffed lambs and chicks in your Easter Basket with the candy the famous rabbit brought?

SLIME aside, we did have a wonderful day spent outside in the sunshine, warm temperature, and gentle breeze.  The birds were serenading us and it was just the perfect family day.

Here’s a picture of the cardinal that joined us yesterday.

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When a Cardinal appears in your yard it is a visitor from Heaven.