Wednesday, June 3, 2009

hearts in progress

I am currently working on a collaborative quilt. A woman in my choir (a fellow alto!) was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. She was super good and always got her mammograms--in January they came back fine. But about two months ago she went in complaining of some pain and they discovered cancer. So I was reading about the group Prayers and Squares, and they talk about making prayer quilts for people who need some prayers. Well this seemed like a really good case! I am not affiliated with them, I just really like the idea that it is not about the quilt, but the prayers that go into making it. So I've been getting everyone in the choir to write a message on a heart, and then I've appliquéd them onto a piece of fabric.

I still haven't decided on a cut off date for them, because I really want everyone to have a chance to be included. So far I've got about 20 squares done. They were my first foray into fusible web and appliqué. If anyone has any tips for how to prevent your iron and ironing board from getting gummed up with that stuff, I'd love to hear them. I put down an old towel, and cleaned off the iron. How do you deal with fusible web goo?


  1. When I did applique in my quilting class the instructor had a sheet of stuff that she put down in between the iron and the fabric. I forget what it's called but you can get it at quilting shops I'm sure. It made me think of that silpat stuff for baking.

  2. I received my quilt from the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway that you sent me. Thank you so much! You can see a picture of me cuddled up in it on my blog.

  3. If you go to my blog, I have tips on how to clean that stuff off of your iron.