Applique Tuesday

Machine Applique that is.  This is taking me much longer than I thought.  It's those zagged edges to the palm leaves.  Have to be done slow.  And yes, I discovered that it does need stabilizer in the back.
Did one with and one without. What a difference.  I'm using invisible thread and So Fine in the back with a zig zag of 1.0 wide and 1.0 long and a 60/08 needle.  I get these nests of top thread every once in a while in the back.  ??? Don't know what causes this and the top thread isn't broken. Strange.  Has that happened to you?  

On my design wall is the church festival quilt:
I am quilting it now.  Think of it as a square I Spy quilt.  We're going to raffle it at our church festival May 31st.  St Anne members are doing a booth for kids to color fabric squares to later use in baby quilts. Our goal is to show them that they can help others with simple tasks and make a difference. Will also teach them how to make finger crocheted bracelets.

I can't understand how I keep getting sidetrack from my WIPs and applique projects.  Always something. Nothing changed in my stash report.  Still YTD fabric usage stands at  YTD total of 46.39 yards.  

How are you doing?  Leave me a comment and I'll come back to see your endeavors.   And don't forget to visit the Blogger's Quilt Festival.  So much inspiration there. Button on top of sidebar. Bye for now.


  1. I'm not helpful on the thread - I've never used those, only 100% cotton, and I haven't had that problem, BUT I haven't done anything quite like your project, either. Love the way it's looking!

  2. When I used invisible thread, I did all the same things as you. My top tension was set at zero, but I guess you have all that worked out. I also learned to go slow.
    I am looking forward to seeing your progress.

  3. Lovely appliqué nudge. I'll check with hubby about the tension nests as he is sewing machine technician.

  4. yep that's happened to me. One time it was due to a burr on the bobbin case. I think it goes easier if you use same type/weight in the top and bobbin threads. A really fine thread needs a fine needle too. Maybe a topstitch or embroidery size 70 or 80? I use all kinds of threads, but mostly thick cotton, rayon, or metallic to quilt. I like a large eye for those. If cotton is on top, cotton is in the bobbin. Metallic on top? a poly in the bobbin.
    Great post.
    LeeAnna at not afraid of color

  5. The applique is looking good. Sounds like you've got some worth while distractions going on over the next few weeks.


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