Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Desperate Housewife's Quilt: Block Five

I’m not exactly sure why, but this block seemed to really take a lot for me to complete. I am sure, however, that I overly complicated matters.

I don’t like raw edge appliqué… yet. Let me explain. Since I was a young lad, I realized that raw edges unraveled and fell apart. Ever since I have made sure to turn all raw edges of fabric in, sometimes double tucking for clothing items where the edge will still be exposed but not visible. So when I see all these quilts with raw edges, I cringe. I know that I am in the minority, as this rag-look is quite chic, but I can’t help it. I am, however, trying to overcome this phobia.

For the Desperate Housewife’s Quilt that Jane is hosting on her blog Want it, Need it, Quilt! (http://quiltjane.blogspot.com) I had quite a bit of trouble with Block Five, which called for a raw edged appliqué blanket stitched into place after being ironed on with fusible webbing. Now, in theory, the fusible webbing should hold all those threads into place, but I still don’t trust it. So instead I did what I usually do for appliqué work and hand turned it after using fusible webbing to hold it into place. I will say it was nice not needing to pin the appliqué pieces into place, but I still don’t know if I would trust it to not fray.

Perhaps it is time to let go of my fears. Perhaps I simply need to say to myself, “Get over it! It’s just fabric!” Perhaps I need to make another block using this pattern and try the technique Jane called for because I really love the look of this block. Isn’t it great?


  1. I feel the same way about raw edge. I do a good bit of applique and always turn, whether it's hand or machine applique. So worth it. Beautiful block! Lane

  2. Thanks guys! It is definitely one of my favorites, although quite time consuming for someone like me who has trouble following directions!