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I tried using a simple embroidery hoop for appliquéing my dresden blocks to my top and it's working out great. I'm careful not to stretch the fabric and blocks already appliquéd, and only leave the hoop on while I'm stitching, not hours on end or overnight. The center blocks will be the hardest I think because they have the most bulk around them. I have to admit that each block is getting easier, all I needed was something I could hold on to.
I plan to add one border at a time, appliqué the blocks, then go on to the next border, again, to cut down on the bulk. Right now I'm thinking this project won't be a UFO for long.
Just in case you've forgotten, the pattern is Dresden Doilies by Gerri Robinson and was in the September/October 2011 issue of McCall's Quilting.
Besides working on this hand project I've been thinking about what I want to work on this year. I'm going through patterns and pattern books coming up with my list. I like to have some sort of plan in place, even if it changes as the year progresses, because you know what they say, "a goal without a plan is just a wish"! I hope to share my action plan with you later this week. I'm also piecing quilt backs and binding and getting some quilts out the door to quilters. So there's some quilting activity going on at my house, just not much to show for it, or nothing you would enjoy seeing, right now!
Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a great week!