Remember when I said on my podcast that I was designing a new applique pattern?
I thought you might like a wee bit of a peak…
On the last episode (The Minutia of Quilting) I spoke of several items that I have been using to better my applique preparations.
I have also found that the combination of photo software (paint shop pro, for example) and Cricut and Sure Cuts A Lot software allows me to create unique applique designs and cut them out straight onto freezer paper and voila! Perfectly cut applique templates.
I’m in love.
I had a FABULOUS time at the National Quilt Association’s 41st Annual Quilt Show in Columbus, Ohio yesterday. Today, June 20th is my 39th birthday – all I wanted was to go to this quilt show without the twins, for the whole day, and without being expected to prepare breakfast, lunch, or even dinner. Thanks Jarrod for giving me everything I wanted:)
The quilts were so extraordinarily gorgeous – this was one of the first times that I actually spent time (because I had it!) looking at all of the quilts, photographing some, and drooling over many more! I hope to be able to keep posting more of these impressive quilts over the next little while!
Gee, I guess I can TOTALLY relate to getting carried away!
It is SO big that the whole quilt isn’t even displayed! It is folded over at the top.
The detail is incredible. I mean, look at that basket! All of those lines are appliqued – all of those flowers are made up of many layers… wow.
Little, Tiny Circles.
I love the color choice of this flower! It is all 1 piece and it is perfect.
More to come!
Well, it’s a revolution to me, at least and I think I’m pretty well versed at applique techniques at the point.
I just watched a youtube video that shows how you can use freezer paper without starch and without glue in an ingenious way. I have never even heard of this and CAN’T BELIEVE I DIDN’T THINK OF IT MYSELF. (not that I’m brilliant but i can add 2 plus 2).
You use the WAX of the freezer paper ITSELF as the adhesive! And you don’t have a gluey mess to deal with at the end to remove the freezer paper because they isn’t any glue touching the freezer paper!! Really – you must watch this video.
Holy Batman I got myself some applique to do!
Well, the big news on this show is my new machine – the cricut!
I emailed the company looking for more information on this because there website, while fantastic; doesn’t seem to have any info on this one!
And not mentioned in this episode – but yes, another cutting system has entered the Studio of madness – Remember a while back I’d asked if anyone had tried this – well, since noone answered me (ha-rumph!) I figured I should just check it out for myself. I used my 40% off coupon at Jo-ann’s plus a 10% memorial day discount and made sure it was returnable. BUT guess what?? It really works! I love it. (darn! – no, really, it’s ok, I need another cutter) The fabric doesn’t slip around and the cuts are clean and sharp. Uses a regular 45mm blade.
And finally, for today’s post anyway – here is the picture of what Denise in Ca. did with the Fraktur scraps – isn’t it fabulous?!
So, this episode has me eating a little crow because I previously dissed the Quilter’s Home magazine and now – after trying it again – it does have its’ merits!
I also reviewed this book by Claire Garland.
And this book ‘Scraps and Shirttails: Reuse, Re-purpose, Recycle!’ by Bonnie K. Hunter.
I am continuing to work on this quilt. It’s called Fraktur – I’ve posted about it before. It is really interesting to see how much my abilities have changed/grown since the beginning as this was one of the very first quilts I ever started!
I have been working on this ETSY shop update (with all of ONE item!!) for weeks – and I am so pleased with how it turned out!
Please have a look – let me know what you think – how can I make it even better??
It’s an Alphabet Mix and Match (well, really just Match, I suppose!) game that is completely safe for children of all ages. I am so glad that I finally got to use parts of nearly every Japanese book I’ve ever purchased – tweak this, tweak that, and voila, my own creation….