Saturday I took a trip to the quilt store to find some fabric ( I actually went to buy glue baste but came out with fabric). I found some great fabrics but I am to cheap to buy fabric for $12.99/yd so I went to the sale area. I was looking for backing fabric for the Partridge in a Pear Tree quilt. This will not be a traditional Christmas quilt, so I did not look for “Christmas” fabric. Here is what I found.
The fabric is Free Spirit Westminister Fibers #EM17 Forest and I got it for $4.99/yd! I think it goes well with the fabrics in the applique
The yellow will be used for the pears and binding
Here is some of the applique
I started prepping more leaves
My new mini iron works great (even on my very stained pressing board)
I have tried pressing without basing first and even with the mini iron I can’t get as accurate as I want, so I am still basing, but it goes fast. I have tried glue stick basting and I hate it…sticky mess all over my fingers. I on-line ordered some of the liquid glue baste to try out but until that arrives (I could not find any locally) I will continue to pin them in place for applique.
I will go back to hand quilting tomorrow (I gave my hands a 2 day quilting rest) and then go back and forth between the projects.