Well I've come to the realization that I'm going to have to spend more then 4 hours a week if I ever intend to get this project done by mid November! So the rule this week is that if I sit down for some tv, I have to have the wallhanging in my hands. I did manage to get the applique done on the main trunk which was really a chore.
After a bit of struggling, I came up with a new system of applique. You see, usually I roll the background in my left hand and pinch the freezer paper and fabric with my thumb nail. That doesn't work so well since A - the back ground is really too bulky to roll and B - the applique is so big that it doesn't want to lie flat on the background (even pinned to the high heavens!!) Soooooo - came up with the a nice comfy way to do it. I sit in my little recliner and put the piece on my knees. Under it lies one of the many useless catalogues that they send us this time of year. The catalogue kept me from sewing it to my pants (which I did twice before changing what I was doing LOL!) I then use my left hand to hold the applique and the background nice and flat , while my hand stitches. Worked great - flat tree - a nice neat edge - what more could you want????
So this week I'm aiming to get all the applique done including the rest of the limbs - another smaller tree - and little snow island that is in the background. Gosh that seems like a lot - better get after it!!
Oh - forgot - I included a picture of my clover needle threader - if you do hand work and don't have one of these - run - don't walk - and get one. It has saved me endless hours of needle threading!!!
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