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Student Work & Applique Project

We are enjoying fantastic weather here this week! The girls and I made it to our favorite beach on Monday. It was a perfect sunny day and we followed up our beach fun with ice cream. I can’t wait to do it again!

Last week I had the pleasure of working with my student, Sharyn. She is a prolific quilter with many great projects started and so many more finished. We worked on getting her set up to complete a quilt that she started several years ago at a local quilt shop that has since closed. We also celebrated her finish of this gorgeous log cabin!

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It’s a gift for a couple getting married and I love how she incorporated the red center into each block as traditionally that is meant to signify the hearth of the home in a log cabin quilt.

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I just love the fabric Sharyn chose, especially this gorgeous border fabric!!
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She did a fantastic job quilting it with the serpentine stitch and I just know it will make the perfect gift!

My mom also made progress this week with her pillow. She took over the ice cream applique that I stitched, put a fun border on it, and turned it into a pillow for wonderful girl.

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All this progress makes me want to get quilting! What are you all working on this week?
As a side note, I just watched a wonderful TED Talk on time management. My time management gets real fuzzy in the summer with a houseful of kids, a pool full of kids/friends, and a longing on everyone’s part to do something fun ALL DAY long. The video points out the fact that we all have 168 hours in a week to do the things we want to do/have to do. That’s a lot of time! Even if you worked 60 hours and slept 8 hours each night, that still leaves 52 hours to exercise, quilt, go to the beach, read a book, visit someone, or volunteer. All you have to do is put down the phone and turn off the tv to take advantage of these hours! Something to think about…

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Applique: Finding A Method

If you’ve been following this blog over the last few weeks, you know I’ve been searching for a method of applique that I can live with! Fusible aside, I’m looking for a good technique for making prepared appliques that are turned under and then basted to the background – so not needle turn. My heart will always belong to fusible but I’m ready to branch out and learn something new.

I’ve tried a few methods now and the first one was with the back-basting method from the book pictured here alongside some other items:
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I decided I didn’t care for this technique for one main reason. The basting is done on the back side which means you have to sort of keep peeking at the front and hoping that you covered the required amount of space with your fabric. It’s also needle turn. The template is traced onto the back side and you stitch around that catching the fabric on the top. The idea was good but the practice was a bit hard. So, it’s out for now.

The second was with freezer paper templates in the style of Jill Finley of Jillily Studio
I love her! She’s very funny and makes it look really easy. Jill recommends layering four pieces of freezer paper together when you make the templates. Starch and an iron are used to turn the fabric over the templates. Roxanne’s Glue Baste It is used to adhere the applique piece to the background. It’s not a bad method but the starch gets the template a bit soggy. The iron gets very hot and even with a tailor’s awl, it’s hard to maneuver the pieces for a smooth edge.

Karen Kay Buckley has a similar method but she uses sizing instead of starch and her templates are made of hard plastic. “Perfect” is her catch phrase and let’s face it, that’s a lot of pressure right there. I do like her thread bag which holds a lot of thread and you don’t even have to take it out to use it. You can thread it right through a strip of micro suede that is on the bag. I have to get one of these! They are $35 for the bag but if you want it full of thread, it can be yours for the low price of $190! LOL!

The next method I investigated was Jeanne Sullivan’s from this book:
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Her method is two layers of freezer paper and the iron and starch routine. I have begun this project from the book…
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I like her patterns and how thorough the instructions are but I’m not loving freezer paper.

Next up was the uber popular Apliquick Method from Rosa Rojas. I learned about this method and the tools from The Quilt Show. Rosa and her business partner live in Spain and they have come up with a great method that does not use freezer paper or starch. Instead a water soluble applique paper is used as the template and it stays in the quilt. A glue pen and some steel rods with different points on each end are used to fold the fabric over the template. There is no iron involved. There are two rods and one point is like a little fork, another is bevelled, and the other two are different sized points. The rods are a steep $40 so I am still using my awl and a curved pair of small scissors to fold the edges over. I ended up ordering this brand of water soluble applique paper because Amazon carried it and I could have it in my hands in two days with Prime! No judging, please. LOL!IMG_5050

 

 

 

 

 

 

I didn’t order a glue pen either because I have a glue stick. Hindsight is 20/20 and I should have ordered a glue pen. The stick is ok but it’s messy and frays the fabric edge a bit. Next time I’m on Amazon, I’ll order one. IMG_5051

 

 

 

 

 

 

This method is so much better than the others I’ve tried. I’m looking forward to the project now and I think I’ve got my ducks in a row. I love how crisp the applique edges are and that the applique paper goes right through the ink jet printer. No tracing! IMG_5052

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How do you applique? What is your favorite method?

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Projects And An Assistant

It’s been a good week of learning new things. I bought a new applique book by Jeanne Sullivan.
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It has a lot of information in it and many beautiful patterns. I’m struggling to find the method of applique I like the best. I can tell this is going to take some time to get right but I feel like I’m on a good path. Next week on the blog I’ll talk more about the methods I’ve been trying.

At Leah’s dance recital I had time backstage during the first of two shows to work on a project. I brought this ice cream applique with me and I was able to finish it. The pieces were glued down so all I had to do was stitch them to the background.
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When my mother saw it, she really liked it and we decided it should be hers to finish as a pillow for a gift. This is the pattern I had drafted in EQ7 and she’ll finish it with this cute border.

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From the book above, I’ve decided to go with this project…IMG_4989

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s the simplest one in the book which works for me! LOL!!! So far I’ve made the heart…IMG_4990

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I made definite progress on Lindsey’s Love Notes quilt. The borders are on and the quilt is on the long arm!

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And today I began quilting it. I can’t tell you how much I am enjoying this! It’s THAT much!! I love texture and this is so exciting to me.

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The best part of the week was when I decided to hire an assistant to help out with errands, cleaning, and social media for my two businesses. I hired the most adorable college girl named Amanda…does she look familiar? IMG_5014

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amanda (my daughter) is in need of a summer job and I’m in need of a reliable helper. We made a great team this week and I feel less stressed as does she. Finding a summer job when you’re not around for a good chunk of August is a little tough. This is a great arrangement for both of us and now I think I’m not going to want her to go back to UNH at all! LOL!!! I’m getting so much done and my house is clean for students and social media posts are scheduled…ahhhhh. Feels so good.

Enjoy the weekend everybody!

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Love Notes and Applique Wannabe

I find myself obsessing lately about applique methods. I haven’t done much traditional applique as I’ve been a huge fan of fusible applique since I began quilting in 2004. Thanks to quilt stars like Karen Kay Buckley and Jill Finley, I am now obsessed with learning how to do it correctly and efficiently. I purchased some supplies, of course. I bought freezer paper, a tailor’s awl, Roxanne’s Baste It Glue, thimble dots, and starch.

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I decided to follow Jill Finley’s applique method with stacking four pieces of freezer paper together to make the pattern templates. That seemed to work out ok except that I got the templates too wet with starch when I was brushing the starch on the seam allowance. I dried it out with the iron but I think the templates still bent a bit. I thought it would be good to have an applique project with me tomorrow at Leah’s dance recital. I’ll be backstage for hours and having a hand project sounded good. The other 28,000 hand projects I have started  would also have been good. None the less, I made an ice cream cone pattern on EQ7 and prepared the pieces for applique.

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I wish I had made the pieces larger but this will have to do.

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All the pieces are glue basted to the background and ready for stitching.

This week I got the white borders on Lindsey’s Love Notes quilt. Today I got one outer border on as well.

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Next week I’m going to be marking this for the long arm. I just purchased a six pack of blue washout pens. I’ll be ready to mark it up in Judi Madsen fashion and do some custom quilting in all that negative space.

But tomorrow is Leah’s dance recital and that is what I’ll be focused on. I had posted lots of pictures from dress rehearsal on Instagram and Facebook but here are my favorites. This is the debut of Leah’s pointe class on stage. They are dancing to Phantom Of The Opera and it’s really amazing.

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What are you all working on this week? I’d love to hear about it. I’ll be posting a podcast episode hopefully the week after next so stay tuned for that. Feel free to ask me questions and I’ll answer them on the podcast.

Sandi

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Projects Galore!

So I missed last week’s blog post and I remember thinking I didn’t have much last week that was new. This week, there has been progress on just about every front and I’m super excited and feeling challenged by it all. Let’s dive right in!

I am working on my first long arm pantograph! This pretty quilt was pieced by my mother and I was given free reign on the design. I was eager to try pantographs and so I chose this flowery one called Lilac. The fabrics in this quilt are darling and I am enjoying every minute at the machine.

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Last week Lindsey asked me to make her teacher a Star Wars baby quilt. This beloved teacher is married to another of Lindsey’s teachers and they are big Star Wars fans. I’ve been waiting to try out the Accuquilt Orange Peel die and so I began this last Friday night.

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My students are also making progress as Gail is about ready to apply binding to her log cabin and Nancy is working on sashing  and more starts for this beauty!

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The mermaid tail crochet project moved forward with the suggestion of Nancy that I use a stitch I like throughout the project instead of learning a new row each time! Genius! I decided to go with the shell stitch throughout and now I have about 5 rows done instead of 2!

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My back basted applique table topper has been started in earnest. I have the sails of two of the four boats appliqued onto the background.

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Recently I was watching The Quilt Show episode featuring Jill Finley and I loved seeing her method of applique which is a freezer paper method. Her quilts are gorgeous and I might try her method next.

Lastly, I ordered silk roving and the supplies to try Silk Fusion. I am going to blog in detail about this next time but here is a picture of the soft and luxurious feeling silk roving!

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Tomorrow we continue our college tours with Lindsey and we’ll be checking out Bentley University which is Greg’s alma mater! So far her first choice seems to be University of Vermont followed closely by UNH (how great it would be to have 2 kids there!) and now we’ll see what she thinks of Bentley.

Have a great weekend everybody!
Sandi

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Delving Into Applique

Two weekends ago I attended a local quilt show for the Herring Run Quilt Guild. It’s a biannual show that I remember enjoying last time around. I reversed my usual show order and perused the vendors first. I picked up one of those nifty lap size ironing boards thinking it would be nice to use a small lap table for when I’m doing English Paper Piecing. LOL –  I make it sound as though that happens all the time but really it’s about once every three calendar page turns!

Then a funny thing happened as I walked through the quilt exhibit. I came upon a beautifully appliqued wall hanging. I didn’t take a picture of it because the program said cameras were welcome for personal inspiration but a no no for publication anywhere else…and really, why else do we take pictures of things but to put them on our blogs to give us something to talk about, so I tabled the photo taking idea! I did read the card though and the maker of the quilt stated that she had never considered applique before coming upon something called the back-basting method of applique. Hmmmmm…..I’m one of those anti needle turners myself but this held some sort of promise…like even I could do it. I looked closely at the stitches from the front and back and committed the phrase, ‘back-basting applique’ to my mind for later Googling! It was her first go around with applique and I knew right then, it surely would be mine too!

And it solidified my purchase of that nifty lap ironing board!

So, I did what  any good quilter does when introduced to a new method of anything, I pulled up Amazon on my laptop faster than you can say, ‘applique’. And ah ha!

And thanks to Amazon look what arrived on Sunday…

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And look what I started on Monday…

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And finished on Tuesday…

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Hey, I’m appliqueing!! With this method, you basically trace the applique pattern on the back of the background fabric. Then you baste around the tracing of that applique pattern piece while hold in place the applique fabric on the right side. The basting shows up on the applique fabric.

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Then you trim the fabric leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance around the basting. You do needle turn the applique but you remove the basting as you go. The perforation of the fabric from the basting allows the seam allowance to roll under very nicely. The blind stitch or ladder stitch is used to actually applique the piece. I use the blind stitch. So now I need to try it again with a different pattern and maybe make a table topper using the method. The step by step process in Barbara Eckmeier’s book is fantastic! She has beautiful project instructions included.

This past Saturday, I was vending at an area Rainbow Girls Camp. I split my table in half using part for Quilt Cabana and part for Creative Memories. Sadly, the craft fair had very little foot traffic and I don’t think many of us made our table money back. It was a total bust. They did provide a nice lunch, coffee and donuts but it added up to a loss for so many vendors. In fact, we all received an apology later that day from the organizer. This is what my table looked like…

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I was seated next to the Avon lady and she was killing it! She definitely made her table back and I was really in awe. I had no idea that people even bought Avon anymore! Shows you what I know! I talked with her quite a bit and took home the catalogs to look through. They now have clothes and shoes and a separate home living catalog. What? Yup. She was also a great sales lady and drew everyone in with her, “Have you seen an Avon catalog lately?” sales pitch. Sure enough, the ladies came flocking and buying up products they used to order ‘all the time’.  The lady on the other side of me was selling homemade dog biscuits. She didn’t sell many but she enjoyed talking about her dogs and she was good company…because it was a long day, y’all.

That’s about it from here. I’m working on my quilt kit that I bought in Hawaii. Also working on getting the Seaglass quilt ready to load on the long arm. Enjoy your day!

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