Most of you know that I use a lot of thread!! (that's an understatment). I've been privileged to be designated a "Superior Star" from Superior Threads. They have been very helpful to me through the years; giving me a wholesale discount and encouragement every time I get some honor. Thanks Superior.
I often lay out the threads I'm thinking about using before I start the quilting process. This is a shot of "Quiet Moment" as I was getting ready to start sewing.
See how the colors blend and highlight the piece. Love them.
More about the block "Harvest Moon"
Once you have the harvest moon stitched to the midnight background. The fusible applique bat is next.
I like Wonder Under paper backed fusible. (Pellon 805R) You can use what you prefer.
I place the fusible over the pattern and trace the outline with a pencil or permanent pen.
Press (glue side down) over wrong side of bat fabric.
Cut out bat using your paper scissors. You can arrange the bat wherever you'd like I made one with completely inside the moon and one with him flying over the edge.
Stitch with narrow zig-zag or blanket stitch. Tip: when the needle goes down to the right it should just fall off the edge of the applique piece. When it swings to the left it should take a bite out of the applique piece. Press the block and enjoy!
I have been designing some block of the month patterns for my Redwood Empire Quilter's Guild. The October block uses a freezer paper technique that some aren't too familiar with--so I've decided to show it here.
Following the pattern - you have cut two pieces 8" square of freezer paper.
Place one of those over the 5" circle pattern, paper side up and draw circle with a pencil or permanent pen. It doesn't have to be completely in the center ---place where you would like but be sure that it is at least 1" away from edge.
Then put the second freezer paper behind this one (both waxy sides down) and fuse with iron. (this will make a stiff template to work with)
Puncture the inside of the paper circle and then cut with a very smooth line.
Put background fabric (face down) on ironing board, put template wax side down over it. Press
Trim inside the circle at about 1/2"
Clip seam allowance every 1/2 to 3/4" around circle
Use starch or sizing sprayed into the lid; use a small brush and dampen the fabric around the edge of the circle.
Fold the clipped edge over the freezer paper and press with the tip of your iron (until dry).
Carefully put glue around the fold of the circle seam allowance.
Place the Moon fabric over the glue and press dry.
Gently remove the freezer paper template from the background.
Turn wrong side down, lift the background fabric, and straight stitch in the fold. (as shown). Trim.
If you prefer, you can top stitch from the right side with decorative stitching.
See step two to finish the block.