Monday, July 28, 2008

More about the Parcheesi quilt

I've had quite a few questions about my parcheesi quilt that I am making. I'm not sure how big it will be at this point as I'm just in the process of choosing feedsack squares and appliqueing the parcheesis on to white squares.


You can see this is the template above for the applique piece. And I'm using all feedsacks for my parcheesi fabrics.

I trace the template onto freezer paper and then iron the slick side to the back of the feedsack pieces. Then I cut 1/8"-1/4" around the freezer paper to make the seam allowance that I tuck underneath as I hand applique. When there is about a 3/4" space left at the end of the applique process I pull out the freezer paper right through that space and then finish stitching the parcheesi onto the white square. I've never had trouble getting the freezer paper from in between the fabrics. Sometimes it takes some coaxing or I run the tweezer in between the layers to loosen before pulling it out.
The white squares are 6". Its a nice take-along project to applique on the go or in front of TV in the evening. I'm in no big hurry. I'm enjoying the process since I always like to have hand work around. Its relaxing and as most quilters, I find hand work helps me unwind. So off I go with it. I'm spending time working on this project this week. -nanette

32 comments:

eileen said...

Love love love it. I hope you can find some time to relax this way.. all week. :-) Working with those fabrics simply has a way of bringing joy.. doesn't it??

Jacquie said...

thanks for sharing this...it's so pretty. this would be a pretty simple shape for a first timer with applique, right?

Thimbleanna said...

Oooh, Nanette -- this looks like lots of fun! Thanks for showing us how you do your applique!

Catherine said...

I love those fabrics -- don't know what it is about the '30s repros, but they always make me smile when I see them! This will be a pretty quilt -- very cheerful!

rachelgriffith said...

oh i love it!!!
thanks for sharing.
:O)

i can't wait to see it take shape.

Donna said...

Love your feedsack fabrics and your Parchesi quilt. You are very inspiring. I always want to go and create after I visit your lovely blog.

quiltingnana said...

thanks for sharing your hint for getting the freezer paper out. So much easier than clipping the back of the shape and pulling out the paper that way. I always was nervous about clipping but that was the way I read about.

craftydiane said...

Love the Parcheesi quilt! Makes me want to go home and start on one!

Des said...

Oh, okay. That is really cute. I've made a similar one before but I put all four 'seeds' on one block first. Yours might work better. thanks!

Kim said...

WOW I love it- might have to put it on "the list" for after these blocks im doing now- only 400 to go-lol

flora said...

And have a great trip!
flora

Niesz Vintage Home said...

Love those fabrics!
What a gorgeous quilt that will be.

Kimberly :)

julia said...

Hi Nanette, it looks so beautiful! Enjoy stitching ;o)
Greetings from hot Germany,
Julia

Connie W said...

Are you using vintage feed sacks or the reproduction fabrics? They surely are pretty :)
I also love to do hand applique, I find it fun and relaxing.

Susan said...

I am such a big fan of your fabric choices...love them! Since I've been doing more embroidery while watching my favorite shows I have been more relaxed, too.

Gayle said...

I have TONS of OLD fabric squares that this project would be perfect for. Need to go dig them out and get started.

Fiesta said...

Thank you for sharing.
Now I know exactly what to do and I hope to have these cut out this week.

Cathie in UT said...

A great example of ways to use up those odds and ends...one day for me as I have tons of new projects in the wings already and a half ton waiting to be finished LOL
Enjoy the process on this one and keep us up on your progress

Kathie said...

I really love this...where did you get the pattern from?
I just may have to join you in making this.
it would be a great take along project for me. perfect size.
Kathie

Darlene said...

Oh I love it. Perfection - again! Thanks for sharing your applique method. This is a terrific project to keep handy to pick up while watching TV and such.

I can't resist - is it for me????

LOL

Annemariesquilt said...

The quilt is very special and I love it. Looks a bit difficult though.

amandajean said...

it's so beautiful! I enjoy unwinding with some hand sewing, too. the only time I sit down (besides on the computer or to eat). :)

Jennifer said...

Just the reasons I love handwork, too. enjoy the process---the colors are so pretty.

Rhondi said...

Hi Nanette
I saw your comment on Quilting Daze and so thought I'd stop by and meet another quilter. I like what you're working on now. I've done several applique quilts using the freezer paper method and I really like it.Rhondi

Ginger Patches said...

Another adorable project :) I thought of you at the quilt festival they had a lot of feedsack fabric!

jill-life with a view said...

I've only cut into one or two of the feedsacks I inherited,always been afraid to use them.I just get mine out every so often & look. You are a brave fearless woman & a terrific quilter!! I love your site,you are always a spot of joy & inspiration!!! Thanks for all the effort you put into it!!

yellowfarmhouse said...

Very cute and like you I love to have hand work sitting near by. Sometime I prefer it to piecing. I've always had trouble getting that freezer paper out, I must be doing something wrong. I think maybe I should try this again.

Hugs - karen

Nermal and Kitty said...

My only question to you is:
Girl, do you ever sleep? You don't just quilt & sew, you take on HUGE projects. You must be a whirlwind of energy! I'm just jealous because you actually finish them. All my admiration...Nerm

Cheryl said...

Wow - I love this and I have a collection of feedsacks. What a perfect quilt to make using them. You always inspire :-)!!!!!

Nan said...

What a lovely quilt that is going to be. As much fun to sew as it is to play the game! Your applique is beautiful, Nanette!

CJ said...

I can tell that quilt requires way more patience than I have at this point in my life. It is lovely though.

Krista said...

This is something that I am interested in learning. Especially for the dress quilt! I love it. Can you tell me what is freezer paper? Do you have a good tutorial on hand stitching? I am a beginner and I love looking through the pics of the quilts you do. I have also seen your beautiful pot holders all over the place. I seriously covet them!