After spending many hours playing with different applique techniques and designing mostly applique quilts, it's time I put my methods in a series of E-books.
Over my quilting lifetime I have tried many ways to applique ! From all this trial and error I have taken the parts of each technique that I like and formed the method that suits my style. I don't have a problem with using starch or glue to turn edges for turned edge applique, but I found if I don't need to use it all the better. Especially if you are doing large borders where it is difficult to wash them before sewing them to the outside of the quilt center. So this is the Applique method for the first E-book in the series.
Last month I placed several process pictures on social media, as I made progress on my latest pattern 'Treasures from the scrap bin'. Many comments were asked as to how I make the applique leaves and flowers, which lead me to writing tutorials on my methods. Well.........I found that while writing the tutorial's they have grown into an E-book ! There is so much information I want to include that when I looked at the amount of pages and detailed photo's for each step that this 'tutorial' was more than just a 'tutorial' it was becoming a book. I decided to add a cute little pattern 'Whimsy Flowers'. A good place to practice the applique method and make a cute mini quilt at the same time. Fun! Fun! Fun!
The applique method can be sewn by hand or invisibly by machine with the look of hand sewn applique. Yay!
I personally love the invisible machine applique for many reasons, which I explain in detail in the E-book.
You can find my Applique! E-book here
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This morning I find myself with too many quilts in progress at one time! They are all at a stage that they can be worked on and I love them all !
The first one is the BOM 2018 which I have almost finished the quilting, I only have the very last border to finish. If you missed this last year, you can find the full pattern for this quilt here.
These are just a few of the things that I got up to in 2018. There is more to come but I am not able to tell you just yet. I will keep you all posted when I am able to spill the beans. Lot's of secret sewing has been going on.
New patterns are coming along, so in the New Year there will be some surprises.
The Full version of the Winterwood Pattern is now available as a full pattern containing everything you need to complete the whole quilt. The Winterwood quilt pattern can be found here containing 71 pages. This is one of my favorite quilts, I loved every minute of making this beautiful quilt. Sometimes everything seems to go along so smoothly when designing and making a quilt, this quilt was one of those times.
It's been such a long time since I posted, I am going to start today off with a post about the Zig-Zag border I am making for my Roses quilt.
There are many ways to make a Zig-Zag border, I have chosen to use half square triangles.
Here's how it works.
I cut 2 1/2 inch strips from a dark print and a light print then matched the light and dark print fabrics with right sides facing. I used a half square triangle ruler to cut out the pieces. Taking them to the sewing machine and sewing them together with a 1/4 inch seam. I like this method, it's fast and requires very little trimming.