Welcome to Sew Thankful Sunday! I have so much to share with you today that I am sew thankful for. I love the notion of “paying it forward” and this is my way of passing along all of the awesomeness that I have found in cyberspace this past week.
Are you ready for some more hearts? February is just full of them! Let’s start with this beautiful Twisting Heart Valentine from Freemotion by the River:
If you’re familiar with the “Lil Twister Tool“, you’ll know how fun and easy this really is. Thanks, Connie for the great tutorial!
If you’re looking for a project that is quick and small but is big on cuteness, have a look at this Heart Pot Holder made by A Spoonful of Sugar
I want one of my own! I’m sure I have just the right fabric too :-).
Another small project that would be perfect for your valentine is this adorable Heart Mug Rug from the Fat Quarter Shop:
It’s so pretty and delicious looking. I think I’ll have to make some cookies to go with it!
I have a few projects coming up on my blog that involve this technique. I, personally, love anything that includes a little applique in it. So, maybe I can share my enthusiasm with you and introduce some simple lessons to get you familiar with it. My focus will be on machine applique.
Let’s start with some basic terminology so that we’re all speaking the same language. Capisce?
I will begin by saying that I am no expert on applique, but I have tried most forms of it and have learned much along the way. I also teach a basic machine applique class. If you have any questions or additions to my information, I’d be happy to hear it!
Applique: The process of applying a fabric shape on top of another fabric (generally referred to as the background fabric) to create a design.
Hand Applique: This involves applying an applique shape to a background and stitching it in place by hand with a needle and thread. There are many techniques used to do this. Here are some that you may have heard of (or not)!:
Freezer Paper Template on top
Freezer Paper Template on bottom
Freezer Paper & Starch
Machine Applique: The applique shape is stitched in place by machine after it has been adhered to the background fabric. Usually the edges of the applique are “raw” (fresh cut), but they could also have an edge that has been turned under ahead of time.
Raw Edge Applique: Involves using some kind of fusible web product to adhere the applique shape onto the background. To make it more permanent, the applique is then stitched in place using your sewing machine. You can choose from a variety of stitches to accomplish this including zig zag, blanket, straight or decorative stitch.
You can find Part 2 of this series here. I will be demonstrating the raw edge applique method using a zig zag stitch and a blanket stitch.
Isn’t that just so pretty? Much of the fabric came from my stash, but the “instigator” of this palette was the background fabric and a focus fabric (no picture) which both came from Marcus Fabrics. The line is called “Bold Moves”.
And I finished month 2 of Blogger Girls Block of the Month from Open Gate Quilts. Nobody said you had to complete month 1 before month 2. Yep, that’s the way I work sometimes.
I’m using all blacks, tans and creams for this quilt. It will be a challenge for me and completely different from all of the other bright fabrics I’ve been working with this year.
I picked out my fabric and printed out the instructions for the Sugar Block Club’s February BOM. That counts as work, right? Sometimes that’s the hardest part!
And lastly, I’ve been working on a little machine applique tutorial for an upcoming project. Here’s a little peak:
The plan is to do a little introduction to machine applique and follow it up with a cute little project that will be perfect for the month of February! Oh, I just love hearts!
Now check out what everyone else has been working on at WiP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.
Thank you for all of your kind advice for my February UFO – “Rabbits Prefer Chocolate”. Many of you thought that I should stick with hand quilting and that I would be happier in the long run. And some of you said, “Get it done!” by machine.
One of my followers, Rosa, thought that I should pick another quilt out of my cupboard and finish it by machine while I take my time hand quilting the Rabbits. Great idea, Rosa! Why didn’t I think of that?
So here is my February UFO, “Oh My Many Stars”!
The original pattern came from the magazine, American Patchwork & Quilting and was designed by Alex Anderson. You can still find the pattern at the APQ Shop here. I switched up the stars and added pinwheels to the center of the chain blocks.
I started quilting this over a year ago (probably two) so some of the work is already done. It is a fairly large quilt though, about 80″ x 80″. Yep, I’ll be busy busier!
And in the meantime, I’ll have my “rabbits” to keep me warm while I sit on the couch stitching away.