Invisible machine applique seems to be mostly associated with either smoke or clear monopoly or nylon threads. When starting my journey with invisible machine applique these are the threads I used too. Now of course there are so many wonderful threads available, many of them suitable. The only thing that may be of concern is that you need a variety of colours, with monopoly smoke and clear threads there are only two colour choices, therefore limiting how many colours you need. Read more about my thread choices.
I love making quilts from scraps. Read about my process for making the Scrappy Stars quilt using tailors clappers for pressing seams nice and flat.
Giveaway !!! Scrappy baskets Quilt Pattern, read more below about how to enter.
Many times I end up with scrap pieces that have already been cut into triangles or have a 45 degree cut on the end of a strip that is not useful for anything else. read more about my process.
The Bloomin Baskets Quilt has returned home this week after being a cover girl in the Todays Quilter Magazine. It has the cuddle approval from Ayla and Benny. I hope you enjoy the photos. Take a look.......
Lemoyne Stars have always been a favorite of mine, although they take a little time I think it is time well spent. Have you ever made these lovely stars? I always found them a little intimidating but with a few a steps that are tried and true I found them easy. Here's how I went about making mine.
Working through the design process is one of the best parts of making a quilt for me. Read about my process as I work on this applique feather design...
New patterns are added to the website, I know some of you have been waiting patiently for these. I have added the Bloomin Baskets Quilt Pattern, and Pine Tree Quilt pattern are now available as downloadable patterns, take a look on my website to find these patterns.
This week is about sewing all the blocks together for the Vintage Crosses Quilt sew-along. In this post, I explain how to stitch your quilt top together along with applique tips, links to videos, and lots of wonderful information on how I get the look of hand applique by machine.
I hope you have had a great week, and have been progressing with your Vintage Crosses quilt. I would love you to share your pictures, either on the Sharon Keightley Facebook group or Instagram #vintagecrossesquilt, I am so looking forward to seeing your color choices and your blocks. This week is all about the applique....
Week Three is all about the twelve small applique blocks, there is so much to tell you about these blocks and little tips to share.
I wanted to mention how I cut the triangles from your scrap fabrics. In this little video I show how I cut my triangles, using my scrap fabrics to get a lot of variation in fabrics.
Firstly I think it is important to talk about choosing colors, I have a fairly random approach to choosing the background fabrics for each of the cross blocks, once I decided on the fabrics I had chosen, I then cut them into triangles and the playtime begins. There are three possible ways you could select your fabrics for the cross blocks.