I just finished working on a fall quilt. As I showed it in some of the quilting groups online a lot of questions were ask. I thought I would give a brief explanation of how I came up with this quilt.
I get most of my clipart from here I take the clipart and resize using photoshop to the size I want. I usually print it off using black and white.. I flip the image so I can trace the parts I want and I trace them right on to heat and bond light. I do use a light box for this. I was lucky that my grand son bought me one for Christmas and I love it. I put all the pieces on the fabric that I want mostly scraps. and cut them out .. I then print off the image again the right way still in black and white not flipped and use it to place the pieces on the fabric. I use the blanket stitch on my Janome for most of the applique. I am not very good at hand embroidery so I try to do all that I can with my machine. I made a stitch library of all my stitches at different sizes so that I know which one to use. I use a light tearaway stablizer under the applique and I cut my squares just a little bigger than I want them so I can cut them to the perfect size when I am ready. I used graph paper to fiqure out my quilt layout first but had to readjust when I added sashing. I do have EQ7 but still have not learned how to use it. I really hope this helps. I have thought about writing patterns for these quilts but am not really sure how to go about that yet. I may try it though. Have a nice day. .
Thursday, May 28, 2015
http://www.p3designs.com/gallery/ It was a free pattern on her Yahoo Group. I thought this would be a great one to tackle. I learned that using glue was the best way for me to turn the edges. I did use some starch on some of the pieces. The one thing that I found was when I used the invisible stitch to applique them down I missed some parts and they were raised. I used fmq to go totally around 2 of them and then I tried Invisible thread on the next one to go around and it was much better. Since I am new to FMQ I did a lot of practicing on each square. This one goes on my bed as I know how many mistakes are really in this one. Since there are no quilt police at my house no one will know how I made so many mistakes. Lessons learned now I plan on doing another needle turn and I will make sure that my pieces will be all the way done. May have to put on magnifying glasses but I will conquer this technique. I love applique both ways but my favorite is fusible and blanket stitching.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
I know it has been a long time since I posted. I just didn't have it in me. I have been quilting and learning new things this past year. My latest project has been an owl quilt that I designed the appliques for using clipart from http://www.digiwebstudio.com/store/ I showed it on a few groups that I have been following and have been asked for the pattern. I have never written a pattern but I am going to try and see what happens. I am getting ready to design another one but here is the owl quilt.