First attempt at sketch-style free motion applique

Well! I never thought I’d see the day but here I am all excited about free motion stitching! I’ve been experimenting with fusible applique using ‘Wonder Under’ double sided fusible. My motivation has been the rather rash decision to demonstrate the technique to a bunch of ladies at our monthly craft group meeting. My inspiration came via an hour long workshop by Gail Lawther at the Sandown Quilt Exhibition back in April.

I’ve made these applique pictures into greetings cards as our craft group generally concentrates on paper craft techniques.

The fusible bit of my preparations has been going well but I’m at a bit of a loss when it comes to the ‘arty decorative stuff’ that can be added once the fabrics have been fused to create a picture. I’ve fiddled about with hand stitching and added beads and buttons to a couple of my examples.

There was just one fusible applique picture left to decorate. With time at a premium I decided machine stitching would have to be the main focus.

I found this excellent video on YouTube by stitchesbyjulia. She shares the process of creating a little applique wall hanging from scraps, using several different techniques including sketch stitching. I’ll definitely be watching more of Julia’s videos.

I stitched around the clouds and across the waves with a grey thread before switching to black thread and diving straight into the sketch stitching. It was so quick! I’m really pleased with the result πŸ™‚

I may add a button to represent a flag on the boat mast and maybe some beads to add a bit of sparkle to the sea…

Allison

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Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your WIPs and enjoy tips, news and inspiring projects being shared around our Worldwide Quilting Community. Click on the links below and be part of the sharing by adding your thoughts and experience in the comments boxes of the blog posts you visit πŸ™‚

I can’t seem to catch up with myself lately! Funny to think this time last week we were returning home from a short break on the South Coast.

Looking across the Solent to the Isle of Wight (can you spot The Needles showing on the horizon?) Key Haven salt marshes to the right were teeming with bird life.

 

A sleepy corner of Key Haven harbour on one of the hottest days of the year so far.

Since then I’ve been fiddling around trying my hand at fusible applique. I’ll be demonstrating the technique at a monthly craft group meeting. We generally do paper crafts so I’ve tried to fuse the mediums of fabric and cardΒ  πŸ˜‰

Fusible applique for card makers. Excited to discover that Wonder Under fuses straight onto card (don’t use steam in the iron though!).

 

A work in progress. I’m going to switch from hand stitching and beading to using my sewing machine to finish this butterfly before trimming it and attaching it to a blank greetings card.

Never far from my thoughts are the two workshops I’m running this month… A mix of worry and excitement!

And this time of year there’s plenty to keep me occupied in the garden and at the allotment.

This photo was taken a couple of weeks ago. The leaves of the potato plants in the foreground are now yellow – it will soon be time to harvest πŸ™‚

And I just have to share a photo of this prickly sweetie who visits our garden every evening. The hedgehog is very wary and comes out at dusk so apologies for the blur on the photo.

We are hoping this individual is a female. We heard plenty of hedgehog hanky-panky going on a couple of months ago so maybe we’ll be visited by some youngsters soon?

Here are links to just a few of the tip filled, inspiring patchwork quilting blog posts I’ve read recently. Hope you find plenty of interest πŸ™‚

Ever thought of sewing with ‘minky’ fabric? Leah Day has shared a tutorial showing us how she managed this deep pile fabric when making an envelope pillow. Translated into UK English: minky = fleece fabric; pillow = cushion πŸ™‚Β There’s lots of useful tips as Leah wings the pattern and trials a Janome 8200 sewing machine.

Back in 2020 the Festival of Quilts held a virtual exhibition. Photographing quilts can be a quite a challenge. This ten minute video made by the UK Quilters Guild is full of handy information to help us find the best locations and set-ups for quilt photography without investing in fancy equipment.

Wendy was invited to be the guest exhibitor at a quilt show in the most scenic of places. Her blog post includes a video tour of her quilts hung on black background boards which really show the colourful designs beautifully.

There are so many handy tips and ideas in Rachel’s post ‘Fabric Shopping for Quilters: Begin with Colour‘. Rachel tops up her fabric stash 2-3 times a year and manages to do this shopping online.

Christa Watson’s series of piecing and quilting videos contains lots of useful information and are especially useful for those of us who are challenged when choosing and executing quilting designs. In this video Christa shares the steps she takes to quilt a large project and in this video she shares quilting tips and techniques to prevent puckering.

On the Suzy Quilts blog there’s a machine binding tutorial. I haven’t tried this method myself – stitching the binding to the front of the quilt and then using glue to secure the binding to the back of the quilt before stitching it down from the front. The results look very neat.

Linking with Alycia for Finished or Not Friday. Alycia does have a finished quilt to share – made from a Jelly Roll.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

 

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I’ve had an enjoyably eventful week. A sewing day on Thursday: I took hand binding to do so no sewing machine required. I made the most of the opportunity to walk to and from our meeting place, the local Scout Hut. There was lots of chat and sharing of projects going on but I did mange to stitch down about three quarters of the binding on my Trip Around the Stars quilt. One recurring subject of conversation was the upcoming Sandown Quilt Show. Several members of the group, including myself, were planning to travel up the M3 to London the following day. Others would be making the hour long journey on Saturday.

I completed the Trip Around the Stars quilt at home a couple of days later whilst listening to a course all about live-streaming* (I know get me moving into the modern world! 😁).

My Trip Around the Stars pattern is available for Β£7.00 as a PDF instant download from my new Payhip store – PayPal and card friendly πŸ™‚

On Friday I went to the Quilt Show at Sandown: Was a good day as usual. Before Covid struck the annual event had begun to wane in popularity with fewer vendors, fewer exhibition quilts and smaller numbers of visitors. Although it’s sad to see this show, along with others, decreasing in size, post-Covid it’s quite a blessing to be able to move freely and not be concerned about over-crowding. The venue (the airy ground floor of the main stand of Sandown Racecourse) is spacious but not too big. On a warmer day it would have been possible to take our refreshments up on the Stands and enjoy the view across the green racecourse with it’s panoramic view of central London but it was a bit too breezy to be outside!

I came home with a little collection of low-volume fabrics to top up my stash (I’m running out of these for my Rainbow Scrap Challenge Court House Step Blocks) and some landscape prints. Impulse purchasing of the prints followed an inspiring Gail Lawther workshop. I thoroughly enjoyed her fused applique class and now I’m full of ideas for making little pictorial wall hangings.

Saturday, A walk through the Bluebells: The rising sun woke us around 6am so we went with it, had an early breakfast and then drove the short distance to Micheldever Woods. It really was a magical sight with the morning sun filtered through the partially open, bright green leaves of the stately Beech trees giving dappled light and shade the acres of deep blue flowers.

*Live Streaming? What’s this old girl up to? πŸ‘΅ Well! I’m getting over my tech phobia in order to pursue two of my patchwork quilting passions: One, building community around our wonderful craft; two, teaching the basics to beginners and then helping them and others to enhance our skills together. To these ends I’m going to launch a new private membership group on my Facebook Page called ‘Patchwork Beginners’ Learning Hub’. Thankfully excitement about this venture is outweighing my tech-nerves and I’m keen to get the group up and running this coming week πŸ₯³ If you’d like to keep up to date with the launch schedule I invite you to follow my Facebook Page, NewEveryMorningPQ, and/or sign up to my newsletter:

 

Here is a short list of links to some of the patchwork quilting posts that have caught my interest over the past week:

I recommend using Myra’s Busy Hands quilt patterns. She has designed so many quilts, nearly all are pre-cut friendly and use quick piecing techniques. This post about her Flying Geese ‘Formation’ pattern is a good example of her work and the lovely fabrics she chooses to showcase her designs.

Nancy’s post ‘The Most Fun I Ever Had Making a Quilt‘ is a heart-warming read for anyone who has experienced the challenges of making a multi-block quilt, grappling with unfamiliar techniques, having to rip out fabrics that turned out not to be in keeping…. After all the ups and downs spread over several years Nancy has completed the quilt and can honestly say it’s the quilt that’s given her the most fun!

I found this tutorial about trimming Half Square Triangles really useful! Suzy demonstrates trimming HST blocks BEFORE opening them out to press the seam. She shares two methods, one using a special ruler (Clearly Perfect Slotted Trimmer) and the second using a standard square ruler. Very interesting – I will be giving this technique a go next time I’m faced with a pile of HSTs πŸ™‚

Yvonne has been applying her scientific experience to curved piecing. Specifically whether cutting pieces across the grain to save fabric affects the piecing and final outcome of Drunkards Path blocks. She’s created a video as well as a comprehensive blog post to explain her method and the results of her investigation.

Linking my finished quilt with Michelle for the Beauties Pageant and Alycia for Finished or Not Friday. Both have been enjoying making quick projects.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

 

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Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. I wonder if you will be keeping one eye on the the tennis from Wimbledon this weekend? I know I’m trying to multi-task! Bring along your project(s) and share in the inspiration and conversations generated by members of our Worldwide Quilting Community. Do join in as you click through the links below πŸ™‚

Another week has passed with not much actual sewing being done I’m afraid. I’ve been hampered by a head cold (PCR test thankfully came back negative, my household enduring six days of isolation whilst waiting first for the test kit and then the result to arrive!); followed by a most welcome day out; and the need to convert my sewing room into a teaching workshop. The urge to do a bit of stitching finally drove me back to the English Country Garden QAL. I dropped behind with this QAL back in May, and somehow couldn’t persuade myself to pick it up and play catch-up. So, here I am stitching the May Marigolds, trying not to fret about the June Pansies or the July Lupins. One at a time, one at a time…

There are lots of lovely projects to inspire us out there in Quilty Blog World. I hope you find plenty of interest in this weeks selection πŸ™‚ :

Izzy reviews a pattern from the online magazine, Make Modern. She used a Layer Cake and some extra fabric for the background. I subscribed to the magazine for the first time this year but despite receiving at least two, maybe three?, copies I just haven’t got in the habit of looking through a magazine on my laptop screen. Have you managed to make the transition from hard copy magazines to reading them online?

Amy Friend is organising a ‘Tell Me A Story Holiday Block Swap’. All the details are in this blog post. Is it too early to be rifling through Christmas fabrics? Probably not! πŸ˜€

Here’s a very practical, eco friendly use of a Fat Quarter – a reusable sandwich wrap! Click over to Suzy Quilts for the guest tutorial by Kelsey Williams.

Katy is trying out a different method of needle turn applique, back basting applique. Her explanation has me intrigued! And Laura is using freezer paper on the front of her applique shapes (another applique method to explore!). Laura’s post generated an interesting discussion about applique techniques.

Beth’s Pink Stars quilt along is coming together now. The mix of star blocks look great in the finished quilt. Scroll to the end of Beth’s post to see an image of the quilt top.

And just a reminder I’ve written a tutorial for Week 4 of the Summer Scrap Elimination blog hop. Find my Scrappy Scrap Basket post here and check out the other scrap busting tutorials being shared via Swan’s blog, Swan Amity Studios.

Happy Stitching!

Allison