February 07, 2011
I've been working on hand stitching the center circles onto the Blue Dresden Plates, I'm nearly done with those with 10 down and 6 left to stitch on. Then I will need to pick up some blue silk thread to stitch the entire plate onto the background. So far everything is nice and flat sans puckers so I'm considering using glue to glue the plates to the background fabric instead of pins. Does anyone have experience with this method? I read something about school glue that would wash out and I have used glue sticks for single layer applique before but never anything this heavy, I'll have to look into as I'm not clear on what effect the glue will effect quilting.
I also wanted to make a matching Dresden Pillow. I knew I wanted to flip it and stuff it through the center hole so while I'm in the midst of all this hand stitching I knew it was time to make it. First I lined the blocks so the final pillow will not beard. I sewed the pillow wrong sides together with first one side of the lining, then I trimmed the lining to within 1/8" of the seam edge and then added the second lining panel. After flipping and turning out my corners I stuffed the pillow nice and full with some leftover shredded batting. I think it turned out nice. Even though I have yet to add the closing circle I've already had requests from DD to play with it. If that doesn't validate my pillow lining I don't know what will!