In case anyone is interested, I took a picture of my worktable. I did needleturn applique for years and was happy with the process. Then shortly before my quilting hiatus I was introduced to a different method, which I've been using ever since. The prep takes a bit longer, but the stitching goes twice as fast, and is easier to do in poor light than needleturn. I know many of you use this method with starch, but I prefer using water. It works just as well, is less expensive and less messy, and I don't have to worry about bugs being attracted to the starch in my fabrics. This set up works well, except for the few times I've been so focused on the television or an audio book that I dip the paintbrush into my coffee instead of the water cup!
Here are pictures of the three quilt preparations I've finished so far.
|"Donder and Blitzen" designed by Jan Patek|
|"Frosty and Friends" designed by Jan Patek|
|"Summer in a Basket" designed by Jan Patek|
The four corner designs are perfect accents in that then enhance the look of the quilt but are simple enough not to distract from the center applique.
I will finish the basting on this quilt this morning while watching the Tour. Then that will be it for quilt for a few days. I'll spend the rest of today altering the camper sheets, and will spend tomorrow deep cleaning the kitchen, making a shopping list and restocking the larder. The Tour de France riders have a rest day tomorrow, so I don't need to focus on "fibre" that day. When the race resumes on Tuesday I'll focus on getting the three sundresses made.