Stuck at the start

I just adore Don't Look Now!'s patterns- so fresh and fun!  So, when we found out that we are having a granddaughter, I went straight to my collection of patterns and found this one.  I gave our daughter the option to choose between a few, but I was thrilled when she said she liked this one.  Now, while this applique' is not for the faint-of-heart, it isn't as hard as it looks.  Just a lot of pieces, but it is raw edge, so it's doable by machine.

I just adore Don’t Look Now!’s patterns- so fresh and fun! So, when we found out that we are having a granddaughter, I went straight to my collection of patterns and found this one. I gave our daughter the option to choose between a few, but I was thrilled when she said she liked this one. Now, while this applique’ is not for the faint-of-heart, it isn’t as hard as it looks. Just a lot of pieces, but it is raw edge, so it’s doable by machine.

To be truthful, even though this project isn't as complicated as it would seem, I do have to admit that I got stuck and it ended up in a plastic (gasp) box for a little while.  This is one of those projects that you have to lay it out and get it done without a lot of interruptions- you can't start to fuse all of those flowers and then put it away.  So, I had to get a question resolved before I could move on...

To be truthful, even though this project isn’t as complicated as it would seem, I do have to admit that I got stuck and it ended up in a plastic (gasp) box for a little while. This is one of those projects that you have to lay it out and get it done without a lot of interruptions- you can’t start to fuse all of those flowers and then put it away. So, I had to get a question resolved before I could move on…

Now, I may pretty good at what I do, but I'm not THAT good.  I followed the directions in the pattern and used the Clover Tape Maker to make 1/4" bias tape for the stems, and that's where I stopped.  Hello.  The pattern says to adhere the 1/4" stems to the background using 1/4" SteamASeam2.  Sounds easy enough, right?  Well I suppose it would be if your stems were all perfect 1/4" the entire length of the tape, and if you have ninja skills at lining up a piece of sticky 1/4" fusible web to a 1/4" piece of wiggly fabric.  However, I fail in both aspects, so it came to a screeching halt at this point.  I will get back to you with a resolution.  Trust me, I will find a way.

Now, I may pretty good at what I do, but I’m not THAT good. I followed the directions in the pattern and used the Clover Tape Maker to make 1/4″ bias tape for the stems, and that’s where I stopped. Hello. The pattern says to adhere the 1/4″ stems to the background using 1/4″ SteamASeam2. Sounds easy enough, right? Well I suppose it would be if your stems were all perfect 1/4″ the entire length of the tape, and if you have ninja skills at lining up a piece of sticky 1/4″ fusible web to a 1/4″ piece of wiggly fabric. However, I fail in both aspects, so it came to a screeching halt at this point. I will get back to you with a resolution. Trust me, I will find a way.