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Applique - 2

Another friendship block to finish for my patchwork group and this time I have just put my fabric onto a double sided heat and bond and then assembled on a piece of bake paper.  After this it is easy to lift off onto the background fabric and fuse into position with the iron.  That sounds easy if you have done it before but there are a number of steps.

Firstly you must reverse your pattern then trace it onto the heat and bond and then fuse this to the back of your applique piece.

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Cut out your shape and then score the paper with a pin to remove.

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If you have a pattern place this under the bake paper and then assemble your pieces on top and fuse together on the bake paper.

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These will then just lift off as one piece and

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you can then  fuse them to the base fabric.

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But I see a problem straight away with my cup cake.  I should have backed the icing on the cake with another fabric to get rid of that shadow.  Still I have a crafty plan to deal with that.


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Next I zig-zagged the edges down.  Before I did this I put a piece of interfacing on the back to stablise the stitching and before I actually stitched I did a few practise lines to get the width and density of the stitch correct.

 

I pull my bobbin thread to the surface to eliminate tangles.

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Bottom and then the top.

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Then turn to the back and cut away that interfacing.

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My crafty plan for that shadow was to embroider and embellish the design.  It takes your eye away from the shadow.

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I used straight stitch, pistol stitch and French knots.  The fabric for the icing is by Odile Bailloeul, I just love her fabric designs.


Applique

I am in the process of developing a class on applique and want to include a number of different techniques.  I had to make a friendship block for my friend which used a technique I think I will include.  It is a good method for larger pieces of fabric.

You will need a base fabric to applique it onto, applique fabric and iron on interfacing. 

Make sure that your pattern piece is cut on the bias because this will make it turn through and stitch in place evenly.

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Put your iron on inter-faceing  with the glue side against the right side of your fabric.  Trace your pattern onto the wrong side of your main fabric,

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then sew around this line.  DO NOT IRON.

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Trim back your seam allowance.  Turn to the interfacing side and make a small slit in this.

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Turn through to the right side.  DO NOT IRON.

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Roll the edges between your fingers to get the edge to sit straight.

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It is never easy to pull your points through.  You could use a collar turner.

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Or put a thread through the corner

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and then pull the corner out when you turn it through.

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Position your applique piece onto your base fabric and now iron in position.  Once you iron there is no turning back so make sure you have it in the correct position.  Slip stitch the edges into position.

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This method works well where you have larger and regular applique pieces.

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A long trip

I took the long drive up to Warwick yesterday to visit quilting friends who were staying at Glenrose House.  It is in a lovely country location and they offer accommodation for quilting retreats and it has a great shop there as well.  But I do have to drive there and back, 3 1/2  hours in each direction to get to and from the place.  Seven hours of driving is a lot.

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The drive took me through lots of traffic for over 1 1/2 hours, then I got out into the country side, along with a few big trucks, and then after a few glimpses, the border ranges suddenly come into view. 

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We have been bush walking up here and it always takes my breath away.

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On this day I only had to deal with a few trucks on other days I haven't been so lucky.  This road gives access to the New England Highway that runs all the way down to NSW and the big rigs are a constant hazzard.

  Warwick is known for it's roses,

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the rodeo

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and the jumpers and jazz winter festival.

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This was shopping and lunch day in town for my friends so it was back into the cars and into town.  Country towns are always a bit different.  In the fabric shop, which sells patchwork, dress and curtain fabrics, along with lots of other things I saw a sample for a Chicken Scratch Embroidery class.  You can't buy that heavier weight gingham any more here that you can get in Europe so it was stitched on a light weight poly cotton.  Not quite the same but the pattern was nice, they had even used the needle woven stars.

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We had morning tea at Mamma Lucia's Patisserie where the cakes are to die for and they have all the national trophies they have won for baking on display.

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Then more shopping and on to lunch at the garden centre.  I did not buy one plant, I have to do something with the ones I have.  But there were some beautiful flowers there.

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I thought about this as a design for embroidery.

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As to my own shopping, I was very restrained.  Just 30cm (20") of each print for some more bags.

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The latest research shows that the number one indicator of a long life is the support of friends.  I am going to live forever!!!


I'm off to Toowoomba (again)

This time of year always calls for a visit to friends in Toowoomba, So today is the day.   I had my Xmas party for the cottage patchwork group last night and stayed in town at the apartment so that I could get an early start today.  I love staying here.  It is close to everything yet still a bit secluded here in the trees.

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I have gifts to deliver including this lovely print  of skylines for Angela and little bundles of Xmas cheer for all the other ladies. 

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With all that has been going on I doubted that I would have all this ready in time.  But I made it.

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The patchwork storage box.

I decided to stitch a prototype first before sewing the box I intend to give as my gift and I am so pleased that I did.  It isn't quite finished as yet but I think I have worked out everything that can go wrong.  At least I hope so.

Firstly, the interfacing that is recommended is very stiff and bulky, which is great to support the shape, but horrible for seams and hems.  So I turned a hem at the top first so that the interfacing sits in the fold.

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I followed the instructions and cut out the fabric and interfacing , sewing the two together around the edge and then quilted them.  It worked but I think I will quilt first and then cut out the shape .  Another problem was of my own making.  I thought I would use a gold metallic thread for the quilting.  Big mistake.  The thread just broke, so I switched to a rayon thread and got a better result.

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And those clips around the edge.  I couldn't find my quilting ones so used some clear pegs from Ikea.  They do a terrific job at a fraction of the cost.  Now to finish the real thing.  I have to have it done by 3:30pm so I can catch the 4pm ferry.

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Count down to Xmas

Now that kind of crept up on me.  Xmas that is.  I have been putting bits and pieces away all year and now is the time to pull them out and see what else I need to buy.

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Plus I have a Xmas gift to finish sewing for Thursday based on this design.   

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I have the fabric, just need to put it together.  (Just!!!)

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After that is the Xmas cards.  On top of all this I have to have the next Children's Class finalised for tomorrow.  Talk about tight time lines.

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WIPW

WHAT WORK IN PROGRESS?

I'm still trying to get my feet back on planet earth.  The state my brain is in, still, is a disgrace.  But  that isn't entirely my fault.  Today I looked at the packet that my medication comes in.  Turns out I should have put it in the bin a couple of weeks ago because it is supposed to be kept under refrigeration.  There were no refrigerators where  I went so my medication hasn't been working.  No wonder I've been walking around like a zombie.  I've been taking those tablets for well over 30 years and missed that notice on the packet.

  Actually, I have quite a bit of work in progress.  Problem is, there hasn't been a lot of the 'progress' bit.  When I got on the barge this afternoon I see that the oyster catchers are back, in force.

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I have been thinking about doing a small series about sea birds that I see around the island.  I haven't finished this but it is a beginning.

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Problem is, it's been a work in progress since 2012!!!!

I  promise, I will finish it.

 

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Sleeping, writting and getting my feet back on planet earth

I think I am back on planet earth again.  After arriving home the proverbial hit the fan and I was flat out just getting through each day.

The grandchildren were so eager to get their gifts, so they were first on the list.  Then I had to visit all the family and distribute their gifts.  Next came my quilting buddies and my daughter had to fly away to another job and I had to get the dog and fix the apartment for while she was away.  Then I had an assignment to write.  It was on a subject I know far too much about so I had to cut and cut my word count.  Then I just fell asleep and slept for 24 hours.  I hope the body clock is now back in sync.  OH. I forgot the washing.  I haven't got to the housework as yet.

For my quilting buddies I bought fabric in the USA that I was going to make into 'mug rugs' for them.  That was until I made one. 

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Then I decided they would 'much prefer' to make their own.  So I packed up some kits for them and 'showed' them the sample I had made. 

 

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I hope they have fun making these.  I have another lot of kits I have to put together for my friends up at Toowoomba but that is not for a week or so. 

I also got the painting I bought in Guatemala back on a wooden frame and up on the wall.  I carried this rolled in a piece of plumbing tubing all the way back home, cursing it all the way. but I am so pleased with it now.

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But first I have to organise my work room.  What a mess!  I have a list of projects that have to be finished before everything breaks up for Xmas.  OMG, Xmas.  I had forgotten about that.


Houston

Oh boy.  I have been running around.  Got on the flight from Brisbane, changed flights at Auckland, flew to SAN Francisco and got stuck in immigration and missed my connecting flight.     Only thing to do was get another flight via Seattle and ended arriving 2 nights and 3 days later in Houston.  Then the hotel gave me someone else’s room and I had to start again.

When I went to bed that night at 7pm I slept though to 8:30am and was 5 mins late for class.  But it was a great class on creative embroidery with Judith Baker Monsanto.   Then we went to the Iron Quilters Challenge to support Pammy and she won.  I don’t have a clue how to put up images as yet.  Hopefully I will work that out soon.


Quilt Show - 2

This is another quilt I liked from the show.  It is reminiscent of Sue Sprago and was developed out of a workshop with Wendy Williams by the maker.  I think this was the original quilt.

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And this is the one in the show.

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There is so much detail here when you look into it and lots of embroidery.  Some of the stitches used are quite novel and I have made a note for future use. For example, this tree.

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And this one also.

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This combination of felt and embroidery.

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The flowers.

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and this great basket of flowers.

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Lots of ideas here.

 

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