Thursday, January 31, 2013

"Affairs of the Heart" 5 down and 31 blocks to go

"Affairs of the Heart" block 5 -    I love the colour combinations on this one.

Until next time happy quilting

Monday, January 28, 2013

"Affairs of the Heart" 4 down 32 block to go.

"Affairs of the Heart"  - block no 4 - I am not totally happy with the way this block turned out, the colours are a bit bright, (in your face colours), I am crossing my fingers and hoping that when I embroider the scroll hearts around the applique they will tie the block together.

Until next time happy quilting

Friday, January 25, 2013

"Affairs of the Heart" - 3 down 33 blocks to go

Wow!! "Front Basting" Applique.   This technique is truly wonderful another block done.

No pins or freezer paper to remove, and best of all, the marked lines are all on the back of the block. Only 33 left to go. Yikes, I had better crack on. Lol.

Until next time happy quilting



Sunday, January 20, 2013

"Affairs of the Heart" - 2 down 34 blocks to go

I am using "Front Basting" Applique to do these blocks. This technique is super easy - no freezer paper, no glue, and no pins are used to hold the applique pieces in place. Instead the applique is machine basted in place.

This technique is so simple all you have to do is draw the design (which will later become your basting sewing line) on the back of the background fabric, pin a large piece of fabric that is large enough to cover the whole shape to be appliqued on to the right side (front) of the background fabric.

Then simply machine sew on the wrong side (back) of the background fabric with the applique piece pined in place on the front, following the drawn design line made earlier, making sure to stitch exactly on the design line on the back of the background fabric. The fabric is  now basted to the front of the background fabric and ready to be appliqued in place.

Trim around the basted shape leaving a scant ¼" or even less a scant ⅛". Then needle turn (applique) the basted fabric in place by removing a couple of basting stitches (only two or three) at a time follow the perforations left in the fabric by the removed basting stitches. The applique fabric will want to turn under and follow the perforated basting line naturally.

And so far it has been so easy to use this applique technique and the results are great.

Until next time happy quilting

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Adding Borders & Miter Corners

Yippee - last night I finished appliqueing the centre of the quilt to the four side borders, making sure to leave a small section at each corner unstitched, this to allowed me access to join the corners by a mitre,
then pressing the mitered seams open, I then appliqued the unstitched section to the border.
Until next time happy quilting

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

"Affairs of the Heart" Quilt - 1 down 35 blocks to go

My  quilt group are starting a In-house Group Quilt-a-long, we were so impressed and inspired by the book "Affairs of the Heart" author Aie Rossmann's bright and colourful wall hanging quilt, it was easy to pick this design to replicate - the original wall hanging quilt is 62" x 62" and consists of 36 heart applique blocks, 3 narrow borders and one large sashing border full of scrolls and has 4 corner Hearts.

Here is my first needle-turned applique block, which is slightly different from the original block in the book:  Can you pick what I have change?

I will post more blocks as I do them. This will be my travelling project for 2013.

Until next time happy quilting

Friday, January 11, 2013

Update Dylan's Quilt

Progress - It has been hard to stick with it over Christmas and the New Year!!!  But I have done it the front & back centre panels are finished. I kept telling myself to keep going, keep stitching, keep moving on to the next row, don't stop because if I stopped, it was never going to get done.
Edge of quilt -using Elmer's Glue and heat setting with hot iron
I'm now ready to applique the green border fabric, I cut eight, 6" border strips parallel to selvedge, down the full length of the 2.2m green border fabric. (4 strips for the front and 4 strips for back) The border fabric is cut wider than the finished width, as I will lose some of the border fabric when it's applique under the edge of the quilt centre panels.

Well I had better get cracking --- lots of hand sewing to do.

Until next time happy quilting
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