Wednesday, March 23, 2011

applique inspiration

Our April meeting is going to be all about applique! Lucky for us, Kathy is quite an expert on the topic. She'll be teaching us several different techniques including: a freezer paper method, needleturn, and the back-basting method. She'll also talk about raw edge & fusible options. While applique is a traditional method, it can be used in modern applications (uh, no pun intended). We gleaned a few photos of some lovely projects to whet your appetite...

Completed Joseph's coat for Charming Mini Swap - or - Starfish in the sand
by Cut to Pieces

Scrappy Applique Pillow - 2
by Susan Weinroth

The Tree Quilt Leaves
by Lisa Alexander

Ornament Mini Quilt - 1
by Twin Fibers

Black bird & hexie pillow
by Where the Orchids Grow

In Kathy's class, we'll be working on practice pieces rather than a particular project and focusing on techniques. But this will help you start planning applique projects and give you the know how to turn your ideas into finished pieces. Here are the details for our upcoming class...

When: Wednesday, April 13, 2011; 6:30pm [note corrected date!]
Where: Suppose classroom, 21 North State Street, Preston, Idaho
What to bring:
  • 3 fabric squares for background, each at least 10" x 10"
  • colored fabric scraps, at least 5, 6" x 6" pieces
  • pins
  • fabric scissors
  • paper scissors
  • Roxanne's Glue-Baste It
  • fabric marking pencil or blue water-erasable pen
  • extra fine black Sharpie pen
  • travel or craft iron
  • personal pressing mat w/ pressing cloth to cover it
  • milliner's or straw needles, size 11 (long & thin)
  • large household needle (for basting)
  • our teacher will provide freezer paper, spray starch, q-tips, kabob sticks, & thread samples.
(no sewing machine needed)

Friday, March 4, 2011

Little houses, here we come!

OK ladies, I don't know anything about photo copyrights and what not so instead of posting pictures I am just going to give you the links for some great house quilt inspiration.

Here is a flickr gallery with house quilts I like:

Here is one with individual blocks:

Do you like them? I do...and I can't wait to make some next week!

What to bring:

*Kona Snow will be our background color. (It's just barely off-white.) You can pick some up just about anywhere Kona is sold, including Wednesday night at Suppose. If you want to use something else go for it! But if we do a block swap we need to all use the Kona Snow for those.

*scraps! Any little lovely scrap you would like to immortalize will do. This is definitely a no-scrap-left-behind kind of project...if you can get 2 seam allowances out of it, bring it. It's almost certainly not too small.

*sewing machine and accoutrements (anything you need to sew)

*show and tell items

See you on Wednesday!

**Edit: here is a link to some really helpful tips if you want to get a little more comfortable with improvisational piecing. This will really come in handy for your house building!

wonky followup

Had a blast at wonky block night. Here's how it turned out...

Adrienne wonky

Lisa wonky

Jess wonky

Corinne wonky

Abby wonky

Jessica wonky

Nita wonky

Joyce wonky

Thursday, March 3, 2011

February show & tell

February was only our second meeting ever, so we all (or most of us) brought show and tell so we could get to know each other, our styles, and the kinds of projects we like to do. Take a look.

Corinne's vintage

Corinne's Gee's Bend-inspired, w/Kaffe Fasset fabrics

Lisa's grandbaby's quilt w/Denyse Schmidt fabrics

Jessica's Anthropologie-inspired yo-yo quilt

Jessica's hexagon w/ Anna Maria Horner fabrics

Adrienne's sunflower batiks

Adrienne's mod
Adrienne's Kaffe

Amazing work ladies! We'll continue to have show & tell each month. Can't wait to see more!