The other night, as I was hunched over my embroidery [and my neck and shoulders were KILLING me] I decided I needed something to hand quilt. So I drew up a little pattern.
When I'm doing embroidery, I have to take my bifocals off. And then get my nose 2 inches from the fabric, so I can see it. I love doing embroidery, but it does hurt sometimes! When I'm doing applique or hand quilting, my bifocals are fine, and I can sit comfortably. See why I needed something to hand quilt?
I do my applique a little different, especially if it also has embroidery. I thought maybe you'd like to see how I do it, in case this is something you could use too.
This pattern has a couple of pages - one is a layout diagram, and it's numbered [every applique piece has a number], and also a reverse layout, numbered as well [with the same numbers] for tracing onto fusible web. I trace the pieces from the reverse layout onto fusible, putting the numbers on them as well.
Every piece has a number, so I know where it goes afterward.
I cut out all the pieces, fuse them onto the fabrics, then prepare my background.
I trace the entire pattern onto my background fabric. Sometimes I put the numbers on there as well. No overlays, no putting my layout diagram on my lightbox, just right on the fabric. I use a fine point wash-away blue quilting pen, because it doesn't disappear when I fuse the pieces down, but it will disappear when I spritz it!
The stems on this will be embroidery, and I don't have to worry about lining everything up just so, it's all laid out for me on the fabric already. If your pattern has embroidery with the applique, you really want to use the extra-fine point blue pen, as with the regular ones your lines will be too thick. Which won't matter with the applique part.
I really don't think I invented this, lol, I'm sure a lot of you do this as well - I've never had quilting classes, but in all the books I've read and videos I've watched, I've not seen anyone do this. And it's so easy! Do let me know if you do this too!