I was cleaning up my sewing room book shelves yesterday, and came across a project from about 6 (maybe 7!) years ago.
Oh, how cute is this pattern. I purchased it as a block of the month over 12 months, complete with fabric. I found the 12 kits all carefully filed away, with the first 3 blocks finished, and the 4th underway.
My, how times and techniques change.
I have been appliqeing for a long time, I love the process. However, my technique of choice has changed a lot over the last 15 years or so.
I have moved from freezer paper on the wrong side and press the seam allowances under, through freezer paper ironed on the right side to give a nice edge to turn seam allowances against, to either tracing the shape directly onto the applique fabric from the pattern or tracing around a freezer paper template and using glue to baste down.
I love glue to baste- as long as I can wash the quilt when it's finished.
When this block was started, I was still in my freezer paper on top phase. How did I do that? Gosh, I started trying to finish this rabbit with the paper on top. So unwieldy, so hard to sew. And the pins- oh the tangles!
So, I quickly traced around the shape, removed the paper and glued it down. Huge sigh of relief.
Block 4 just needs some stems and a few tulips and she's done. Stems are made.