Ok. So the secret is out that I don't have nimble fingers! And while I am revealing...creative minds (if I may be so bold as to say I have one) are often not heavy on order which can be a worry. In addition to applique this year I have started a bit of hand piecing. In a very tidy fashion I cut out and identified all of the tiny pieces for the Pickle Dish block above and proceeded to happily sew them all together... in the wrong order.
It was frustrating to say the least as I like things fast and I hate wasting time. But then, in a Working Woman moment, the incorrectly patched pieces and the contact paper were sitting in the same spot and Kaboom! Order was found.
Since everyone has been so appreciative and nice about the applique circle tips from yesterday here's another one. (sorry, I only have two!)
Cut out all the pieces for the block and lay them on the sticky side of the contact paper face up.
When the main pieces are all down it's easy to audition the alternating fabric and if you get some lucky advice from quilting friends like I did yesterday at quilt group, you can change the fabric options until they are right.
When the pieces are all together just slide the non sticky paper back on top and you have a handy little portable project! (Great for cricket or swimming lessons or quilt group.)
To sew, simply lift the pieces off in order and sew them together. It's still possible to sew them back to front or upside down but I am working on that with a bit of concentration!
Possible hazards...elbows, bits of thread and scraps can also stick to the contact paper!
And for balance, here are a couple of photos I found on my camera this morning...
and Noah wearing his special black jeans to skate down the road. Moral of the story...when we were kids we tried all kinds of stuff that looked challenging. Now off you go to find the trickiest most challenging block, one you thought you could never make with either applique circles or small hand piecing and have a go! Let us know how you go! kathy