Sunday, December 26, 2010

Hand Applique...Oh My!

Well, I have decided to give had applique a try. Not quite sure how far I'll progress, but I have to at least say that I have tried.  So for my first attempt, I decided to use up some of that scrap material that has been collecting at the bottom of the closet.  This way, I haven't spent any money on learning, since this will be done with the "Free" scraps from my piecing.
I've spent a lot of time reading some books, so I decided that I will experiment with the various methods and hopefully I will find one that suits me. 
For this block I used the freezer paper template on top of the piece and finger pressed the raw edges under. By the time I got to the birds wing, I realized I should have glued the edges. 
I used template plastic and liquid  for the circles. This method seems to work, but I don;t think it would be worth cutting plastic templates for all the pieces unless they were used multiple times.
I think for the next block I will stick to the freezer paper on top method, but will actually secure the edges down.  Hopefully this will work.  I really don't want to have to attempt the method with the freezer paper on the bottom and then have to remove it all later.!
My first attempt wasn't that great.  The edges of the pieces are jagged and not smooth (until I got to the wing). Too bad it took me so long to figure it out.  I'm pretty happy with the circles. I just need to make sure that the templates are very smooth on the edges.
So, with some trepidation, I have include pictures of my first block.  Hopefully as I progress I will get a little better!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

A Walk in New York

Well, I finally got the binding on my quilt.  The Original Pattern by Julie Popa is pictured below. (this is not the quilt I made. Continue to read.)

I did a little twist on the pattern.  I happened to be in NYC and bought some Pillip Jacobs Fabric from the May 09 collect called Coleus.  I was fortunate to find some hand-dyed fabrics at the store that went perfectly with the fabric.  I really did not know what I was going to make with the fabric until I was browsing through some patterns that I had.  I though that the Sunset pattern pictured above was the perfect way to show off these fabrics.  I used the all-over print fabric instead of the plain cream back ground fabric and borders. I call my quilt "A Walk in New York' as it reminds me of the plants I saw around the city, the streets, sidewalks and buildings.

Below is the picture of my finished quilt. Hope you like it.

Machine Quilting by Janiece Cline.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Design Break 3

Well, this really hasn't been much of a break.  I've bound several quilts, started a design for the Hoffman Challenge and worked on several new patterns.  Here is a picture of where I am at currently on this one block wonder quilt.
 l'm not quite sure if I am happy with the block arrangement.  There is 'energy' in the quilt, but I feel some of the blocks are out of place.  At this point, I need to walk away, look and the picture and maybe move a few blocks. Then I will take another picture so I can get an overall feel for the quilt.
Hopefully my next post won't take so long and we can get to the final arrangement and piecing the blocks.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Hoffman Challenge 2011

Hoffman Challenge 2011
It's time to start thinking about the Hoffman Challenge again.  Go check out the fabrics for the 2011 challenge. I have a few months to get it done, but still need to start planning my pattern and other fabrics.

Friday, December 3, 2010

AQS Quilt News: Paducah Online Registration is Now OPEN

AQS Quilt News: Paducah Online Registration is Now OPEN: "Making your plans to attend the 27th Annual AQS Quilt Show in Paducah, Kentucky, April 27 - 30, 2011? Come experience four days of quilts! ..."