I haven't been in the sewing room much at all this week. It's funny how some weeks just seem to race past me as I plod along in my busy mode. I've had a meeting at church and a Bible study class and physical therapy and yesterday something I love more than I can explain, the friends in my small stitching group came for lunch and an afternoon of sewing. I've done some hand sewing; I stitched down the binding for the Hooty Owl baby quilt and for the Valentine table topper and embroidered the verse from Jenny of Elephantz's Promises and Borders first block. I'll work on the flowers on that block tonight I think. But as busy as I am, and even though I'm doing hand sewing, I can hardly wait on the days I know I can get to the sewing room. Today was one of those days. I put together the second block for My Whimsical Garden and did some free motion quilting on a patriotic panel that will eventually become a wall hanging. I love how the Whimsey blocks make me smile.
You can't see the stitching on this because I'm using a straight stitch with invisible thread. I'm not sure I like it as much as using a blanket stitch. What do you think? When you do machine applique what's your preferred method? Do you like to use black thread on the whole thing, giving it a sort of primitive look and feel? Or do you color match the thread to the piece? I'm not too far along that I couldn't go back and redo...but I hate the thought of redoing anything just as much as I hate unsewing. Decisions, decisions.