Well I woke up this morning with a solution to something that I have been pondering for a long time--and it was so simple that I am mad at myself for trying to make it so difficult.
I was trying to figure out a way to incorporate some printed paper into my work. I want to add newspaper to small areas of my quilts. I want to stitch them on with black thread and lots of circles. I want a reverse applique look but I really wasn't eager to cutting small bits of fabric away. too tedious even for me.
So the solution I woke up with--not reverse applique-just plain applique!!!! DUH!!
Really, I didn't think of it until now. I don't know what I was thinking.
I tried it out on a little postcard this morning. Really, I was contemplating doing reverse applique and cutting out those little circle.
I am so glad I didn't do it that way.
I can see so many possibilities with this idea. I can just do this, or I can paint a little bit on the surface of the paper before I stitch it on, or I can paint over the paper after it is stitched, and I can tear a few circles out of the paper so that the background show through more.
I am going to use this lots. Look for it in some of my next projects.
Just for the record, I am not afraid of doing a lot of stitching. Right now I am working on a log cabin series. I have made two tops and am working on the quilting. The blocks are 4 inches with lots of logs in each one. I am now quilting in the ditch around each log. Lots of stitching going on!!
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