I have been focusing on my February goals for the most part this month. The month is almost half over and I have about half my goals completed. I found it works best for me if I make my goals specific. So if I want to put borders on 2 quilts, I need to name the projects. If I don't get specific enough, my attention wanders to other things and I find myself dabbling off the beaten path.
My focus this week is actually putting together my blue plus quilt. I started sewing the block in pairs, but I didn't make it very far. Goal number 4 for the month was to finish applique on a whole bunch of small projects. I have the applique completed on 4 banners. Perhaps I can even get the spring banner quilted in time for spring this year.
- Put a new needle in your machine before you start. I don't know why I never thought of this! It was amazing the difference this made. I did not use any stabilizer, and I had no puckering.
- My open toe applique foot from Viking is a joke! I thought it was me that was doing it wrong, but it simply does not grip the fabric for applique no matter what I did.
- Reduce the top tension just a bit. I wasn't having a problem with the bobbin thread showing, but this made the stitches look a lot nicer.
- The clear plastic foot is my new favorite foot for applique (thank you Eleanor).
- The setting I liked best on my machine was 2.5 for width and 1.4 for length. This gave me the perfect not quite satin stitch and did not look thready. I did the first several appliques at a length of 1.2, but Eleanor suggest I lengthen it a bit more, and I liked it better.
- Applique is sort of fun in small doses. I used the fusing method for mine, and I used Steam-A-Seam 2 lite. I think this might be my new favorite adhesive.