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My Process in Designing an Applique Quilt January 24, 2018 12:51
I am in the stage of Appliqueing blocks for the next quilt I have designed I would like to share with you the stages that I go through to design my Applique Quilts. The first thing that I do is work on flowers using shapes that I have designed and had made into dies for my Accuquilt Studio Die Cutter.
Here are the dies that I have had made.
I have cut out in template plastic all the shapes that I like to use.
As you can see here. Some of the shapes are cut from the template plastic.
I use these shapes to trace around on paper to make my flowers.
once I am happy with all the flowers that I have come up with I will take Graph-It Quilt Designer's Graph Paper to start to draft out my Applique blocks. This paper is 12 inch square if I would like the blocks to be bigger then I will use freezer paper.
In the above image you see that I have not only drafted out my Applique blocks I have drafted out the sashing that will frame my blocks. In this case I have used my EQ7 to design the quilt top first. I had to sew up a mock up of the sashing first to find the size of my Applique blocks.
This was a great way to test if this will work or not before I go to the trouble to design the Applique blocks. Once all the block are to my liking I will start to choose my fabrics.
I think these work I may not use every fabric that I have put aside for the blocks and quilt, but I always like to have more then less. Now is the time to find my back ground fabric for this project. This I always find hard, sometimes I may call in a friend that will see things differently. So the fabric that I have chosen for my background on this quilt is really different then any of my other quilts.
This was the fabric that a friend had said would work so I went with it. (total leap of faith) but in the end she was right. She also told me to go with black stems (something that I have never done before). Again she was right.
I think that these block will look great ounce they are all finished and the quilt is put together. At this time I had made up another EQ7 layout with colours closer to the colours that I am using in the blocks.
I am still working on the block I am working on the third block and I have one more after the third to do once that is done I will start cutting out all the little squares and triangle to start sewing the sashing together.
I like to prep my block with a trace over I do not like to mark the pattern onto the background fabric this way I have no marking to get rid of if I choose to move over a leaf or petal. I will tweak each flower and leaf to make sure that all looks good as I am working on the block. So having an over lay with the pattern traced on it works for me.
When I get to this last block I will iron all the shapes onto the fabric that I will use for each flower, leaf and so on. I will then carry it with me as I go to my different meeting and shows with the store.
When this is quilt is all finished and quilted I will be patterning the Applique blocks and I may even work on getting the rest of the quilt patterned (time will tell).
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What to do if you have fullness in a quilt. November 28, 2017 17:38
Well I thought that it was time to write another blog.
I have been working on a quilt that a great friend and client has made and asked me to quilt for her.
She does great work and I always enjoy working on her work. This quilt is no exception. I saw no problems with it till I started to quilt it. I will say that this was not a big problem, one that I can handle. When I got to the center of the quilt I notice that the sides were bowing out ( the center was wider then the top and bottom edges) what to do when this happens? Well I looked at the blocks to see if I can see any easing of seams. I look at the seams to find were the fullness is coming from. I like to keep the fullness were it comes from.
As you can see from the picures above I also used a tape measure to make sure that everything was the same width as the top and bottom edges, as I stableized the quilt.
Keeping fullness were it belongs.
The next few Pictures will show what happened to the fullness in the block when I start to stitch in the ditch around everything.
I have stitched in the ditch around the block and around the house.
I stitched between the house and the grass area.
I stitched around the appliqué that is on the grass area.
On this last picture you can see that I have stitched on the grass area behind the appliqué. There is no more fullness in the grass area.
This picture has the house and grass area all quilted the last thing that I quilt is the background of the blocks.
Here is the block all finished. As you see no more fullness.
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What is a Cupcake Mix Recipes or Cake Mix Recipes and how to use them. July 20, 2017 13:53
For those of you that follow me may have seen a new product called Cupcake Mix Recipes or Cake Mix Recipes. For this Post I will be using the Cupcake Mix Recipes 3 ( there are four different Recipes for the CupCake Mix Recipes, and there are 8 different Recipes for the Cake Mix Recipes) Each recipe will give you a different combination of half square triangles or what have you. In each pack you will find that there is 44 recipe cards.( all the same)
Cupcake Mix Recipes 1 through 4
Cupcake Mix Recipes use Charm Packs or Five inch squares and 7/8 yard of a backround fabric cut into five inch squares.
Cake Mix Recipe 1 through 8
The Cake Mix Recipe use Layer Cake Packs and 3 1/8 yard of background fabric cut into ten inch squares.
I am going to show step by step on how to use these recipe packs.
My Charm Packs and my background fabric cut into five inch squares.
put a Charm pack fabric and a background fabric (on top) right sides facing
take one of the recipe cards from the pack and place it on top of the background and pin through all layers.
I pinned in the four corners making sure that the pins are away from the sewing lines.
Sew on the dotted lines start at the star and follow the numbers
Cut on the solid lines some of the recipes will indicate what solid line needs to be cut first.
My pieces cut apart and before paper has been removed
After paper has been removed and Ironed.
I am sewing my components into this layout. Here are two other layouts that you can make with Cupcake Mix Recipe 3
I am sure that you can play and come up with other layouts. You do not need to do what I did. You can mix up the components to make each block scrappy.
and here is two of the block finished. Cupcake Mix Recipe 3 gives you two 2 1/2 inch block from one recipe card. I hope that you enjoyed reading up on this new and fun product that you can find in my shop.