Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Power Outage Sewing

Hello!  I spent my power outage days by sewing on my Jubilee project.

I designed the first border without a pattern, but decided I wanted a mirror image of it for the second border.

I taped the first one to my back door and traced the design.

After the pencil tracing I used a black sharpie


I work on my ironing board (to save my lower back) with a cutting mat.   Yes, I really do use a lot of pins!

a LOT of pins.

I machine baste my stems and vine on the machine. 

This makes the applique a joy to do!

After many hours of sewing, I'm almost done with the second border.  Looking forward to designing the top and bottom borders next.  I think I'll do them at the same time!

Please let us know how your Jubilee project is coming!


  1. Beautiful borders. Have you ever tried the glue basting method? Just curious.

  2. What a great idea to machine baste them on.....no pins while your appliqueing to get in the way! And the vine is gorgeous!

  3. You did get a lot accomplished! It looks fantastic Barb!!

  4. This is going to be so gorgeous!!!!

  5. Lovely borders! Thanks for showing how you do it - am always on the look out for new methods and the machine basting is a good idea :)
    Every Stitch

  6. Barb your borders are wonderful. Love the idea of machine basting, makes sense to do it this way. Just curious, what line of fabric are you using ? That red is gorgeous.

  7. Love the vines. Your process is a great method to keep in mind. I'm anxious to see the whole shebang. You're amazing to get so much accomplished during such a long time with no power. (And yes - lots of pins!)

  8. Lovely! Great way to do it - no pins or yucky glue while stitching.

  9. Your machine basting trick works great! I'm working on a quilt that includes applique, which is where I always falter, and this is really making it easier. Thanks for the tip.

  10. I love that machine basting method for your vines. I'm planning some borders for a new quilt and need to finish up some I started on a *marinating* project ~ this tip will help immeasurably! Thanks for sharing.

  11. Your borders look great! I love how you used your door :0)