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Hi everyone, Happy Daytona Race Day to those of us who love Nascar. I'm trying to get together a few hand quilting items to work on during the race today, and I came accross 2 Grandmother's Garden sections that I did. I must have had an idea in mind when I started them, but can't remember. they are done in St. Pat's fabric, so I'm now going to use them as part of a small table runner or wall hanging. My idea is to applique them on a background square and add sashing and borders. All simple enough. My problem will be the applique. Since they are all hexagons sewn together the edges are all uneven. What would be the best way to add the fusible web without making a mess aaround the edges where there is no fabric. I hope I explained that in a sensible way. Or should I cut the fusible webbing to just fint the center of the flower (the first 2 rows) and then overhand stitch the 3rd row down to the background square? I know this seems like a lot of quesstions, but I haven't done that much applique like this. Usually I certainly no with a pattern iron on the fusible, trace the pattern onto the paper side and basically follow through with no problems. But this is a little trickier. Am doing all this because my d-i-l mentioned to me yesterday that she hasn't "gotten" anything from me lately - hint,hint! Thanks for any suggestions. - Jane

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Comment by Jane on February 16, 2009 at 6:16am
Hi, glad you had a Nascar victory. It was an exciting race to watch, but too bad the rains came. I've been to Pocono and New Hampshire races, but with the economy so bad will just be watching on TV for a while. Actually, that's OK with me. I've never rented headsets at the track, I miss hearing the commentary there during the race. Have you ever quilted for Victory Junction camp? I try to send off a quilt or crochet an afghan each year for the campers. I like doing charity work and I love Nascar, so the 2 came together for me. Look forward to hearing from you. - Jane
Comment by June Johnson/Wi on February 15, 2009 at 8:25pm
No answers to your questions but I am a NASCAR fan---sort of; my son-in-law and husband are so I go along for the ride. As we are from Wi, our favorite driver won today---Matt Kenseth. We have been to Bristol several times including in the rain and in the snow. My son-in-law had spring tickets for Bristol for several years but gave them up this year. Maybe some day we will choose a different track. Now we are fans of the local motocross as our 7 y.o. grandson races there; he was champion of his class last year. This year he moves to the next class up so probably will have to work at it a few years before he is champ again. Happy racing and quilting.
Comment by Carla on February 15, 2009 at 10:39am
I agree with sunshine, use Eleanor method it makes it simple !
Comment by Jane on February 15, 2009 at 9:35am
Karen, I used cardboard templates and they are still in the outer hexagons, so I could then just start starching, right? After i would hand applique. How about the 2 inner rows. shoud I maybe hand stitch in the ditch around them? I'm so lucky to have found such great people here. Thank you.
Comment by Jane on February 15, 2009 at 9:29am
Thanks Sunshine, I follow what you were telling me. I'll have to pick up some of that interfacing at Joann's. Never used it only the paper backed fusible web for applique. Also need to find the right shade of green fabric too. And granddaughter just asked me for a St. Patricks pillowcase because she can't use her Valentines one anymore. My g-daughter is a 3 1/2 year old fashion-ista!
Comment by Connecting Threads on February 15, 2009 at 9:28am
Jane, when you pieced the hexagons together, did you use a paper template? If yes, I would put the paper back into each of the outer hexagons with either pins or huge hand basting. Use the iron around each one to turn under a nice clean finish, then starch each piece like crazy. Then you can remove the papers and hand applique the edge by hand without any fusible.
Comment by Sunshine/Mi on February 15, 2009 at 8:32am
I'm not sure I understand what you're trying to do. There is another way to use the fusible web.. aka Elinor Burns (quilt in a day) -- she uses fusible interfacing and places the fabric right side down onto the smooth (non sticky) side, then stitches around on the line (outline of the pattern), snips a strip into the fusible and turns it 'right side out'; then you can fuse it to the background fabric. Hope this helps.

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