Saturday, November 29, 2008

Fusible and a dirty iron

I really don't know how it got this bad!! My iron that is. Check out the bottom of it.


Thank God for Dritz Iron Cleaner it's back to looking like this:


I was able to get my antlers and holly leaves fused to the Reindeer blocks. I used up scraps of this and that in the way of fusible. Now that I've managed to use them all together I can really tell the difference. I think I'll be making myself up a fusible example sheet.

I also started to applique around the pieces. I was using a blanket stitch which I made to be really small. I used an embroidery 90/14 needle and I changed it twice within these 9 blocks. The fusible must really dull your needle quick. I could tell it was time for a change when the fabric started getting pulled down into the needle hole. I was also using a 12 weight (really thick) black wool thread that I had in my stash. To the untrained eye it could almost look as if I hand stitched it...AS IF!!!



Looks prety good if I do say so myself!!

Can I just note that I hate my new ironing board pad. It's far too squishy. I really don't know what to do to remedy that fact.


Bella said...

Thanks for the info...I didn't know HOW in HECK to clean my iron ...

BitnByAQuiltingBug said...

I can't stand when my iron gets yucky! I clean my way too much, I think. The reindeers are wonderful! It does look handstitched. They are so cute!

Suzan said...

This is such a cute quilt! I wish I had a decent blanket stitch on one of my machines. Maybe I would do more applique work...or not...

Moneik said...

It's super cute! I absolutely love the blanket stitch on them. Different fusibles are worse than others when it comes to dulling the needle. I hate having to clean my iron too!

KyQuiltlady said...

You did very good job on the raindeers! I have that stitch on my Janome 6500 and Jem Platinum and just love it. I don't do to much hand stitching or not lately.
Good tip for cleaning iron.