Jane, your blocks are beautiful. Really like the fabrics you used. Here is my D-6. Easy Peasy
Nice blocks ladies! Enjoying seeing the different fabrics.
So nice Jane, beautiful job on all of your blocks! You are amazing getting all of these done! I'll bet it is really starting to look like it is coming together!
Here is my D-3 Jason's Jacks. So -- the newbie here has just discovered Frixion pens. Oh my goodness! What a huge difference these make and how much easier for applique'! And I was astounded to find out from a Frixion rep that they have not even tested their pens on fabric and have not included this usage or quilters in their marketing strategy. Anyway - I find I'm not hating applique' any more!
Patricia, Your D-3 is very pretty and your appliqué is wonderful. I have not heard of Frixion Pens, what is it and where do you get them? I do not like to do appliqué and do not feel I am good at it. Am not ever really satisfied with my work. You are making blocks quickly. Keep up the good work. It looks like you and I are the only two still working on DJ. I have not posted anything in a long time but am making squares. As I told you I finished the 113 by the end on June and have done six more this month. (That is really behind, but will catch up one day, so I can finish the whole top by the end of the year.) JAS
How do you use Frixion Pens when making Applique Blocks?
Quilt, have fun, spend less time worrying if it is perfect.
Thank you Jane for your nice comments! I'm glad you are making progress on your goal and would love to see photos if you want to post. I find not much motivation to post when the group seems so inactive, but am trying to keep it going.
I find that the applique' take me the longest. Hopefully your applique' blocks aren't all piled up to the end, since you don't like working on those! ; ) I machine applique'd at first, then started learning to needleturn, and didn't enjoy it very much. Now I like working on them but I am not good yet at things like points - like you mentioned, I am also just not satisfied with my work, so I keep wanting to go back and fuss with them after they are "done". The Frixion pens are helping a lot with my accuracy!
To Jane and Brenda -- the Frixion pens -- they are made by Pilot Pens. They are available at any office supply place I've checked (Staples, Office Depot, Office Max), and even at Walmart and some quilt shops. They come in both ballpoint and roller ball style. The intent is that they are entirely erasable ink, when used on paper. The eraser on them is not the typical rubber eraser like we have been used to in the past on pens and pencils. It is sort of a soft plastic piece. And apparently the ink is heat-sensitive, so that when rubbed with the "eraser", it creates friction, which creates heat, which makes the ink disappear.
And now for the magic - just touch the heat-sensitive ink with a hot iron and the ink instantly disappears! The reason I find them so helpful, at least to me, for applique' blocks, is that I just draw an outline on the block of where the piece needs to go, secure the piece with a drop or two of basting glue (like Roxanne's), and the outline helps me keep a more accurate stitching line while doing the needleturn, as well as keeping the piece(s) centered. No pins, no pre-ironing the seam allowance under on the pieces. For really accurate outlining, I hold the pattern under the fabric against a window (or if you have one, you can use a light box) and just trace the design right on the fabric.
One word of caution. The ink is heat-sensitive enough to dissolve if left in a hot car.
Meanwhile, here is my D-5 Cathedral Window. Not an applique'. ; ) I've started sashing as I go.
Patricia, You D-5 is so pretty. Love the red and white, it really pops. JAS
Thank you Jane! Sometimes the colors don't come over too well on the posting. The sashing looks sort of brown here but really it is a deep burgundy.
My latest block - I decided to do some 'fussy cutting' with this one. :-)
Pretty blocks Mary C. I like your fabrics.
thanks! I think i'm down to less than 20 more blocks needed for the size wall quilt that I need. I'm getting excited! :-) I just hope all the blocks 'go together' OK - I haven't done any 'coordinating/planning' - just been picking fabrics I like for the blocks and 'going scrappy'! :-)