Category Archives: Threads

Salamander: Applique

Now that the edges are turned, I use a dab of ‘Roxanne Glue-Baste-It’ on seam allowance and each ‘twirl’ of seams. It washes out and only a tiny amount is needed to hold the block in place.

Dabs of glue on half of the block.

Dabs of glue on half of the block.

By carefully flipping this half over onto the background and carefully smoothing out the fabric, it is easy to check that no seams have been twisted in the process. The second half is then temporarily stuck down.

Threads for applique.

Threads for applique.

I love using Aurafil 50wt threads for appliqué, they are fine and blend well with the top fabric. This is my personal preference, as I have tried using the silk threads, but dealing with a thread that is almost invisible to see when stitching, and has a life of it’s own, is not for me. What are your favourite appliqué threads?

Hand stitching is usually at night, under a daylight, while watching something on the ‘box’. Hence the stitching is not always perfect, and even if there is no such thing as the ‘Quilt Police’, I at least aim for a consistency that I am happy with. I’ve given up trying to get them straight and have settled for bumpy bits. I do so admire the many women from the past who  stitched without electricity to light their work!

Applique as seen from the back.

Applique as seen from the back.

Back to stitching!

Tools: Palette Builder

Palette Builder. Upload a photo of your quilt or patch, and the palette builder will match the colours from the image with Aurafil threads. Very useful for  appliquéing with 50wt thread, hand quilting with 12wt thread, or creating an art quilt.

Now where is it …?

UFO's also sorted!

UFO’s also sorted!

Oh, woke up and just knew I was in the mood for some sorting and tidying up! Two days later and the UFO’s are in their boxes, labelled and stored – with thanks to DH who suggested and put up extra shelves in his / our shed. Well it did help to give him back some of his space after-all! Threads were first because that task was just about already complete. The ‘Signatures’, the ‘Aurafils’, the ‘Wonderfils’, the ‘King Stars’ from ‘Embroidery Source’, and the ‘Mettlers’ – all protected from dust and at hand!

Threads sorted by brand.

Threads sorted by brand.

Fabric here, there, and everywhere! As I’m a fan of Joen Wolfrom’s colour theory, the fat quarters and bigger pieces are sorted into the 24 colours. This highlights colours I’ve used and the colours that are missing from the palette. Themed fabrics and panels have their own space on the shelves.

All sorted - yay!

All sorted – yay!

After looking at all those UFO boxes, where do I start? What approach do you think works best?