Update on the group quilt (my orange slice). Here is the finished elephant ear leaf. Our long armer will have no problem with the edges not being stitched down.
I have been working on making larger leaves for the bottom area. I sewed some ¾-inch strips together and added 3-inch borders. This way, when I cut out my leaf shape, I will have an easier time turning under the edges, rather than dealing with the pieced section.
Next I pieced a half-log cabin. This turned out to be a neat block that I can use in the future with all my strips and strings. Start with a square (1-3/4 inch) and add matching strips to two sides only (instead of the traditional four). I alternated dark and light strips (1-1/4 inch) and then added 3-inch borders. I used an ombre fabric in both cases, which adds some interest.
For a third leaf, I used Texture Magic, which is a woven fabric that will shrink with steam. This product is from Superior Threads. http://www.superiorthreads.com/shop/category/texture-magic/texture-magic-1/description/
I marked two diagonal lines through the center of my fabric and placed it right side up on the Texture Magic (I did not need to pin this, but you might need to). I stitched on these lines and then once on either side of the diagonal lines using my walking foot as a guide. After that I just stitched out to each corner—after you finish each corner, you can go to the next section without breaking your thread. You can also use free motion quilting to hold the layers together and add batting if you want to. Now to make the magic happen, just steam the entire piece with the Texture Magic right side up. The piece can shrink as much as 30 percent. During the week, I don’t have enough power to make this happen. The product still shrank and has texture so I can still use it as is. I will try again on the weekend during peak electricity hours.
Be sure to read the directions carefully before starting. The product comes folded in a package and you will have the urge to iron those creases out—this has the potential to ruin your day and make you very unhappy. You will be cryin’…
I have put my slice up on the design wall again and am just using a drop of glue to hold things in place while I smooth out edges, finish hand sewing and decide on placement. I’m at the point where I need to step back, clean up my mess and then come back to this next week. Till next time, I hope all of your projects are successful and fun.
P.S. I often give you links for products, but you can try your local quilt shop for products, the big box stores and other online sources–you know where to go.