That’s what happens when a pieced/fused project gets put together in a “sandwich” and some thread is added. Right now, “April Showers” (first shown yesterday, here) is looking quite respectable…………
I’m using both my Bernina 440 QE (for the blanket stitching, which was done before the 3 layers were put together) and my Juki TL2010Q for all the FMQ. Following the pattern’s directions, the flowers, stems, leaves and raindrops were drawn on paper-backed fusible web, fused and blanket stitched with matching thread colors. The umbrella and boots were cut and adhered to the background using Mettler’s Web Bond TA 101. It is an aerosol that sprays an adhesive web rather than a mist so that unpleasant overspray and inhalation issues are almost non-existent!!!! I use this exclusively when a spray baste is needed. I don’t like the appearance of larger applique pieces that are totally fused. I think they look a bit ‘stiff’ and I didn’t want those pieces to appear so flat.
After sandwiching, I, then, SID (stitch in the ditch) around the outer pieced blocks and appliques using Fil-tec’s Essence Smoke Grey nylon thread. It has very little shine and blends very well. No pressing with a hot iron, though, as the nylon is more heat sensitive than polyester mono- filament. The umbrella’s “ribs” had gold perle cotton couched on to better define them.
A couching foot would have been dandy but, generally, I’m not one to rush out to buy specialty attachments that are possibly used only once in a while. So, out came my blind hemmer foot………nah…..not quite working. Then I grabbed the edge stitch foot (Bernina #10) and “bingo”…..success!!!!!
I’ll have to remember how well this one worked!!!!!
I can almost hear the dripping!!!! The border blocks will have to wait a bit…….I wonder what I’ll do??!!!