Posts Tagged ‘Applique’

Balancing Quickly… Is This Possible?

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Hi Bev.

After weeks of mulling over the possibilities for this month’s quilt, I finally started stitching last night. I’m going in a direction I didn’t expect, but I guess that’s what happens every month. If all goes well, I’ll have the top done by late tomorrow night.

I’m having fun with the fabrics you sent and so far have not used any from my own stash. We’ll see if I make it to the end without adding to the mix. I’m really trying to avoid that. I’ll fill you in on my design inspiration in my next post and also tell you about the magical substance I’m using to make my appliques. This trick has changed my life already. Seriously, you’re going to LOVE this!

In the meantime, here’s a quirky little video to inspire you (or not). It’s called “Balance.” Enjoy!

Cheers,

Jennifer

Lovely leftovers make delightful after-dinner treat

Saturday, September 20th, 2008

Hi Jennifer,

One of the things about this challenge is that there are sometimes bits and pieces left over from one month to the next. For example, that pretty pale blue ric-rac you sent me for the ‘Home’ challenge, which ended up rimming the circle on the Sweet Dream dial quilt.

‘Way back in June, you sent me some bright flowery fabric, which went into the Self Portrait quilt, as raw edged applique. But I’d backed a whole lot of flowers with the fusible interfacing, so I wanted to use them on something else.

Monthly collaboration has got those creative juices moving, which is another benefit I’m noticing. Are you finding that you’ve got new ideas faster than you can blink? I do. And also that I’m learning to enjoy just playing around with fabric to see what happens.

This little project is the result of that play. Here’s another official Daughter of Posted Stitches: a fun little applique tea-towel, finished off earlier this week.

Detail of towel

Freehand cut-out shapes fused to a bought teatowel. Embroidery floss stems, some scraps to add leaves and a butterfly, and blanket-stitch around all of the raw edges. Quick, simple and colourful!

Now if only it would do all the dishes, too….

Bev

Illicit stitching

Sunday, August 24th, 2008

Hi Posted Stitches

Don’t tell Jennifer, but I’ve been engaging in some illicit unfaithful Posted Stitches stitching….

Shh!

Applique in progress

It all started innocently enough. Drawing, as usual, onto fabric and looking at the results. I quite liked what had happened, so out came the sketchbook. The colours of the fabric worked well as an underlay to drawings, so I drew a bunch of these shapes on the pages of my sketchbook and had a lovely time doodling on top of them.

Oh, if only it had stopped there!

Fabric will always be my downfall. “Hmm” I thought, “I’ve got some nice fabric that would make great fused applique shapes just like that..” And off she toddles to the front room (aka trashed guest room, aka sewing lair).

So, er, I have to confess that at yesterday’s stitching group, I spent the whole crafternoon applique-ing shapes to the foundation for a 10 x 10 quilt that is not made from Posted Stitches posted fabrics. So it will be a tangential Posted Stitches play piece. “Daughter of Posted Stitches”?

Ooh, the illicit pleasure.

Did I mention that my first plan for this month’s challenge (Dreams) might need a mechanical engineer? That’s my excuse for running off to play with my new idea: I’m just not mechanically-minded….

Let’s hope Jennifer doesn’t notice this post!

Little dog (Do you think the dog can keep a secret?)

Bev