Wednesday, February 26, 2020

English Paper Piecing & Applique Rejoice!

A few weeks ago, I found a great product on Amazon...tested it and have been using it for applique foundation. It is a wee bit "outside the box" but works great for me. I've been glue (washable children's glue stick) basting applique shapes and hand stitching them together to create all kinds of applique shapes.

Even small items are working great (can you just spy the little bird's tail in the upper left corner of this photo?). What has been really wonderful is that I've been able to use this foundation and not have to sew baste anything! No freezer paper either! Plus, no REMOVING it after the applique shapes are sewn into place...because it starts out stiff enough to fold the fabric seam allowance over nicely; THEN, softens up when it is washed! How great is that!

Just so you know...I'm NOT getting any type of kick-back for this...just wanted to share a good idea! This is designed for use in machine embroidery hoops. It comes in sheets (see above writeup)...and in a large roll (see below writeup).

Then, today...while browsing on Pinterest I stumbled across a design in English Paper Piecing that I had not really seen before. I's been around for ever but I've obviously been "under a rock" as or just didn't pay attention to all of the folks excited about Lucy Boston Quilt Block posts. Check these designs out (borrowed from Pinterest; these are not my work...just so you know THAT fact up front).
So, I'm thinking..."Why not cut the foundation sheets in this shape...glue-baste the fabrics on top (with seam allowance included)...then fold the seam allowance to the back and glue-baste them down) just as though they were applique shapes? All that is needed then is to sew them together in the fashion of English Paper Piecing (but no paper to remove later!!). 

I'm cutting out my shapes...and giving this a go! Will post later next week with the results. ;)

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Totally Bummed Out!

While looking for a piece of "novelty" fabric this morning...I opened a box that had been sitting at the bottom of my storage cabinet for a while...thinking it was fabric. Nope, well was my Erin Russek "Jingle" quilt blocks and fabric. 

The reason that I'm bummed out is 1) I had forgotten about this project as it had been put away "only for a few weeks" as I begin working on my books (This was way back in 2012); 2) When my external drive crashed last year ALL of my free BOM block downloads from Erin's blog were on that drive; 3) The blog and Etsy shop of Erin's don't include this older pattern. 

I've sent her an email and hope that she still has the other block patterns and will sale them to me so I can finish up this project. 

Just when I think I'm over losing so many files...I find something that I "REALLY" need. Bummer!

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

OPEN REGISTRATION - ICQC-105 (Silk Ribbon Embroidery and More)

Open Registration 15-17 February (Saturday -- Monday)

IMPORTANT: This course REQUIRES that you complete the Basic Crazy Quilt Course (BCQC-1) first, before registering. So, please ensure that you did finish the BCQC-1 before submitting your registration information. While it is also good to have completed the ICQC-103 and 104 courses...they is not required. You can also take this course at the same time as the ICQC-103 or 104 course (if you can make the time for both).

Completion of the BCQC-2 course or any of the other ICQC courses is not necessary to sign up for this Ribbon Embroidery course...only the BCQC-1 has to be finished first.

There will be TEN different tasks to complete in this course, with about twelve different motifs to stitch. All of the designs will be printed on fabric (or optionally you can trace the designs in the handout to your fabric). (The tenth task is a surprise and any ribbon size/color can be used)

The motifs for this module will be stitched directly to fabric rather than to crazy quilt blocks. Most of these designs are very detailed...and tracing them through layers of fabric is just not feasible. So, consider these "technique tasks". After you have learned each of these can pick/choose which ones to use again in the future for your existing CQ projects. The finished motifs CAN of course be used in new pieced blocks as well as stitching samples for current blocks. If you want to create these on existing blocks, that is fine...but will require some extra work on your part to create tissue paper or soluble sheet transfers; and the results are not guaranteed to work out (just so you know).

I will be providing all of the designs to you as "printable" designs. Each page of the PDF handout for the first task will be able to print directly to fabric sheets. These will then be hooped and the stitching done on top of the printed design. You do not need to "trace" any of the designs...unless you just don't want to print them on fabric sheets as I recommend.

I created my own printable fabric using freezer paper (check under the TUTORIAL TAB above) for almost all of these motifs. Or, if you can order printable sheets for your inkjet or laser copier/printer from or other source for all designs. You will need only one standard 10-page package to print all of the designs provided (Wild Rose Blossoms, Daisies, Berry Vine, Apple Blossoms, Tiny Rose Frames, Birds & Insects, Pomegranate, and Ribbon Lady).
I have tried very hard NOT to repeat the specific lessons in the Crazy Quilting Volume II: Ribbon Embellishments book, even though some stitches are of course the same. The "Ribbon Lady" is the only direct cross-over...and she has been requested so much that I knew you would demand she be in this course. So this course AND the book will give you all of the ribbon experience needed to create just about any motif you may desire to stitch!

You will  of course need silk ribbon in multiple sizes (2mm, 4mm, 7mm, 13mm). You can use white for all tasks...and color then with ink markers (Promarker brand recommended)...or purchase various colors in the needed sizes. Substitution is possible...but not encouraged. The below chart has all of the sizes/colors the stitched models used. You can change the colors to suit your own personal "vision" of the flower/fruit/animal being created (read left side for task topics). (Satin and organza are poor substitutes for silk ribbon...but I know some of you international folks may have no choice but to use these. If so, you will work harder and the results will not be perfect...but it is manageable for most of the tasks.)

Here is the chart for supplies (ribbon/thread): [click to enlarge the photo]. It is fine to change the colors if you prefer flowers of a different color (check the name in the far left side) but the sizes of ribbon should be maintained if possible...although I have listed substitutions in the remarks IF YOU MUST change the requirements.

A package of large chenille and tapestry needles are used for ribbon work. I expect you already have these from the work we did on the BCQC class.

The 3-Day Registration Period will be filled with responses to registrations and getting the class blog up and running; don't expect the course to really get going until after the registration is closed. I will send welcome emails and blog invites throughout the first week to get everyone up and on the blog. For now, after you sign for the blog invite and welcome email...AND begin to order your silk ribbon.  

To register, please email me your NAME, State/Country, Email Address you wish to use for this course to

Remember: PLEASE do not register if you have not completed the BCQC-1 as it is a pre-registration requirement. 

After sending your registration, I will respond with a "Welcome" email. If you don't receive this by the first day after registration closes...then assume that I did not receive your information and resend the original email note. Note that I don't accept late registrations because these classes fill so fast; so FORWARD your original email note to me so I can clarify the date it was sent.

This course (and all courses) will be held at an assigned Blog for this specific class. You will need access to a working computer to take this online course. If you are especially "tech saavy" perhaps you can manage with an Ipad or other tablet...but you will need to be able to print from it and take/upload photographs to the private class blog. In the past, laptops and desktops perform great...but tablets did not usually work out as be advised.

Looking forward to this new course!


Sunday, February 2, 2020

Basic Machine Piecing Class Happening...

I've been having a wonderful time with the Basic Machine Piecing Class that I'm teaching at the local Community Center. New quilters and quilters that have stopped...but want to get back to it have made a nice little group of six ladies...all eager to learn! We are having a great time!