Row by row............part two.
Well I went down and re-read what I had posted. I lied. When I started to stitch around the nose, the arms and the bow, I did do the blanket stitch after all. I didn't like the looks of the zig-zag. It isn't easy to get the holes out of fusible web that your needle creates so you have to make a decision before you start to sew. I looked at other work I have done and decided that his whole piece will be blanket stitch.
These rows on this pattern are done in two parts. They are BIG! The first one measures 10 1/2" x 24 1/2". I did the first section one day and then section two. Section two I must say was easier. As I had chosen a rather heavy fabric for the snowmen it was difficult to see the pattern for placement of the bows. It was a guessing game for me. When it came to the second section, I had an idea.
I joined the parts of the snowman's body together the same as I did for section one. (I laid them on a teflon sheet which was laid on top of the pattern. I then fused them in place.) I then laid section one on the light table. I took the fabric for section two and laid that on top of section one. I could see everything perfectly. So much better than using the paper pattern.
TIP: To join your pattern sections together buy yourself some Scotch Brand Removable tape. You can remove this tape when you are done and then put the pattern pieces in either a duo-tang or a binder.
I laid each snowman in place and fused to the fabric background. When that was done, I did the blanket stitch around each one. I then took them back to the light table and placed all the other pieces in their appropriate spots. It was so much easier to see where each one went, especially the bows!
My snowfolks don't have eyes or mouths yet. My LA strongly suggests that you don't do the embellishing until she has done her quilting. I will mark where they are to go though. I also don't have anything appropriate in the house and its just too darn cold to go to the stores and look for something. I'm thinking snaps for the eyes and maybe buttons for the mouths. We'll see what I find. I'll keep these in plastic bags too and put them in the storage boxes so they don't get used for something else.