So last week I explained how I fused the snippets of fabric with Heat n'bond Lite. This week I drew a picture of the sunflower I wanted from a photograph onto freezer paper- x2. One is for layout and one is to be cut out for appliqué pieces- see pics below
I then cut one of the drawing pieces out roughly, keeping the other one for reference and layout- These are drawn on the dull side of freezer paper with a sharpie marker and ironed shiny side down to the right side of the corresponding fabric. To save time the leaves are cut out of one piece of fabric as they will be thread painted to look realistic
Once I am sure my quilt sandwich will not shift, I start to thread paint with a free motion (darning foot) and feed dogs on my machine lowered and stitch length at zero. I use decorative embroidery threads with sheen and variegated to get a realistic look. I also use machingers gloves and move the fabric. I start with outlining each petal with a thread colour slightly darker that the petals. I use Microtex needles 70 or 80 depending on the thickness of the thread. I then thread paint within the petals with a straight stitch and a back and forth movement in the direction of the petals. It takes some practise, but its so much fun to do!
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