Monday, October 22, 2012

LTRTCWSA - Bottoms Up - 10/22/12

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Well, THEY do - ME - not so much sometimes - ;))

Another episode of -

Leisurely Turtle Race to Christmas with Squirrels Allowed - ;))

Back to the cute little Christmas Stockings -

The pattern is "Bottoms Up!" - (c) 2001 - Calico Moon Handcrafts -

When it came time to stitch the fused toesies and heels -

I chose a plain old blanket stitch -

And after stitching the first heel -

I realized that I really should use something as a stabilizer -

So I pulled out some of my handy-dandy coffee filters -

Folded them in half -

And then in half again -

And cut along the folds -

Then I cut off an outer ring -

The outer ring will stabilize the toesie -

And the center section will stabilize the heel -

One coffee filter for each “Bottom” -

Left foot - right foot - front and back -

That should work - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -


  1. It is hard for me to remember to use a stabelizer, until I get a few stitches in and find that it wants to pucker. Love the idea of coffee filters. Since I do a lot of machine embroidery, I have tons of stabelizers around but when I run out I always have coffee and filters. ;-)

    1. Thanks, Gari - I ALWAYS have coffee and filters, too!! - ;))

  2. clever idea to use coffee filters. Do you leave them in or rip it out? I find that filter papers are much stronger than I expected.

    1. Thanks, Bonnie! To answer your question - I rip out the coffee filters after I have sewn the applique. And I agree - they are MUCH stronger than one would expect. I sometimes even use them as the "foundation" when I foundation paper piece one of my Memory Quilt "hearts". They really are handy little things - ;))


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