Prep work for Love Entwined

After stitching the flowers around the centre and adding their stems, Love Entwined has sat waiting for me to prep the next step.  Its waited a long time.  Over the last month I've prepared a whole baggie of bits for parts 2&3.  I still haven't tackled the zigzag part but I know what I plan to do so I'll get to it shortly.

(The black lines are just stitched lines to help with the placement.  They mark the 8 points of the top.  Eventually, I'll remove them)

After trying the applique tools and various interfacings, I traced two pages of shapes that I needed and printed them on the wash away stabilizer and then prepared the shapes.

Last Sunday I was suppose to go to Elaine's for an applique day. When I went out to head over we were having freezing rain. I cleared the windshield, got in the car, couldn't see out the windshield for the freezing rain so got out and cleared it again. After the third time clearing and still not being able to pull out of my parking spot, I turned off the car and went back inside. I decided I wasn't suppose to drive that day. Even with the defrost on, the rain just froze on contact. Although I couldn't get to Elaine's, I decided to have an applique day at home. I watched some programs I had recorded a while ago and not gotten around to watching and prepared the little dots to go on the ovals. The dots finish at 5/16 inches. Here are 40 of the 48 all traced and cut out. The other 8 are already on the ovals.

Today I finished stitching the last of the dots on and so took a break and stitched a letter on for my ABCs of Christmas. It was rather nice to work on a big shape like the O. Its about 3 inches tall. This is a sideways view with an oval and dots for comparison.
Next step is to start placing the bits on the Love Entwined top so I can stitch them in place. Some of the points aren't as pointy as I would like but I'll use my water brush to soften the glue and reposition the fabric as I stitch.


  1. Hi Helen, it is so great to be able to visit your blog and see how you are building up your own Love entwine quilt design of Esther's It is always so much easier for many of us when we can see photos. Love the fabrics and colours you a re using. Looking forward to following your journey on LE. You have motivated me to do so more on my own LE today. Cheers Glenda


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