Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Double Irish Chain Taking Shape
Now I'm thinking the "simple" blocks - they may not be so simple. I want to position a shamrock in the center of each. Shall I applique the shamrocks onto a larger piece of fabric first, then fussy cut the 3 1/2" center square? In the past I've done my applique on completed squares, but they were considerably larger. Next question: hand applique or machine? I'm better at doing it by hand, but want to improve my machine applique skills. If I do it by machine, shall I use a raw edge with zig-zag finish or turned edge with top stitch or outline stitch? Last idea - collaborate with a friend who has just discovered machine embroidery and see if she'd embroider some shamrocks for me?
There is much to consider as I finish my last 4 chain blocks. :)