Class began bright and early this morning! I admit, I would rather intimidated, being surrounded by so many quilters with machines that could eat my machine in tow. Luckily, I quickly found out that all of these ladies are incredibly friendly!
I was quickly invited to sit with some kind ladies that were sweet enough to walk me thought the process. The teacher s knowledgeable, patient and opened my eyes to the joy of “Steam a Seam 2” from the Warm Company. Wow! This stuff makes applique not a living hell! Expensive, but I know it will save me sanity in the end.
I also learned that tools can make or break your experience. These such tools that make applique not miserable and were trade secrets were;
- Coloured pencils
- Serrated scissors only for applique
- A good iron
- A pressing cloth
All of which I bought. (They were available for purchase and I couldn’t resist)
Two hours later, I made an owl! This takes FOREVER!
It still needs to be stitched down, but the Steam a Seam 2 will hold it in place for now.
And with that, I left the retreat to work on the mock up again. But not before I was invited by everyone to the ‘all night quilting party’ the next day. How sweet are they? I agreed and promised to return. I have no clue what I’m doing anyways and could definitely use all the help I can get.
Upon returning home, I cut scallops on the bottom of one side of the overskirt and began sketching patterns.
Can I mention that every available official photo of Celes in her gown are HORRIBLY pixilated, dated and and night more to interpret. To be honest, I feel like I’m looking at a psychologist’s ink blobs. So if you see something different – that’s fine! These sketches are my interpretation with a dash of artistic liberty. So there.
Time passed and I decided that I hated my scallops that I cut earlier. It just looks wrong. So I cut the other side at an angle in hopes that it gave the line more movement.
And I was right. I feel like the right side has move drape and doesn’t cut my gown in half with an ugly straight line.
I am most pleased today. I think I shall wander off to bed now.