A few weeks ago I was in Ikea and came across this little white table. I had been wanting a dedicated space to pursue several specific endeavors, not textile related, and this piece fit the bill on all points. Neat looking in white, it's big enough (39"x25") to accommodate my intended projects but not obtrusive. And the price...$19.99! (Vika Amon top + Vika Curry legs) I placed it in a guest room, adjacent to my sewing room, where it's waiting for me to get things together for my new projects.
Although the tabletop is nice and clean this morning, I can see that I'll have to be vigilant, considering the proximity to my sewing space and the tendency for projects to bleed out of its boundaries. Last week I had traced one of the sunflower blocks onto a large piece of tracing paper and laid it there, the only clean, flat surface nearby, while I chose and prepared my background fabric. When I placed the ironed square with it, I realized that the white background of the tabletop allowed the traced design to be easily seen through the fabric. Much easier than maneuvering it around on my smaller-than-block-size lightbox!
I've really been enjoying appliquéing this giant (to me!) block. The biggest difference is the amount of fabric that is sometimes scrunched up in my left hand as I stitch around a particular motif. It's moving along pretty quickly, considering the limited time I've had to work on it this week. These larger leaves don't take that much more time than pieces on a smaller block because they aren't at all fiddly. I'm really cruising along on this, anxious each day to add a few more pieces and watch the design materialize.
Now it will get a little more interesting as I add the twisting vines and larger leaves. I'm finding I sometimes have to rethink the sequencing of the appliqué as pieces flow over and under each other.
My sunflower looks to be smaller than the original, but that's an illusion. I hope my appliqué garden grows this weekend as much as my backyard *garden* has been with this recent warm, wet weather. We had decided this spring to redesign our space and make some big changes, planning to chip away at it on weekends. The weather and several unexpected trips out of town, however, have conspired to force us to cry *uncle* and today I'm giving a landscaper the go-ahead to do most of it for us. What a relief!
And more time to stitch now.