Category Archives: Applique

Thank You!

I have been having such a great time reading everyone’s comments for both give-aways, and although a little slow, I am responding to all of them – and hopefully before 2012 gets here – just kidding! Thank you for all the wonderful comments about my blog and for choosing to follow me. I have lots of ideas for the coming year and hope you will enjoy visiting often.
Tomorrow I will be announcing the winner of my give-away for the Blog Hop Party with Quilting Gallery! So you have till tonight at mid-night to enter this one.
But there’s still time for the Christmas Tree – until the 24th!
…after cutting the little Red-n-White Christmas Tree kit for the give-away,
I decided to cut a few more kits for Christmas gifts
just love how neat they look!

Then, for last week’s Friday Night Sew In, I worked on these cute little Magnetic Button Ring pincushions for some of my dear quilting friends, following this tutorial at Sew We Quilt 
Aren’t they darling? and very useful too 🙂

I hope you’ve enjoyed visiting all the blogs in both of these events
and all the great Christmas ideas shared.

See you soon,

Red-n-White Christmas Tree Tutorial & Give-Away

*Tutorial removed for publishing*

24″ x 28″

I want to thank SewCalGal for hosting this fabulous Blog Hop.

Would you like to win a pre-cut kit for this Red and White Christmas Tree Wall Hanging?
I will be giving one away along with a cute Accuquilt GO! Snowflake die:

You have four chances to win…
To enter my give-away:

1. Leave me a comment about your favorite applique technique
2. Leave me a comment about what you think is the best Accuquilt GO! die and why
3. Follow my blog and comment about it
4. Subscribe to my posts and comment about it

You have till Dec. 24th – I will randomly choose a winner and announce it here on the 25th.

Don’t forget to visit SewCalGal for a chance to win an Accuquilt Baby Go!

…and visit these blogs for more tutorials, tips, giveaways…

Tuesday, December 13th

Wednesday, December 14th

Thursday, December 15th

Friday, December 16th

Stay tuned for an all sewing-machine binding tutorial,
yes, no hand work!

Scissors Love

I love any and all quilting techniques, okay, maybe not when it comes to binding, something I am trying to change, but one of my favorites is raw-edge-applique! I guess it’s the instant, or almost instant, gratification. Trace your design onto paper backed fusible, fuse onto the wrong side of fabric, cut on that traced line, and voila, you’re ready to fuse to your background and then, there it is… so much fun, but to have beautiful, sharp, raw edges, you must have good scissors, and so far, I’ve tried just about anything. I absolutely love EK Success’s Cutter Bee scissors…

…they are sharp, light weight, and have a nice precision-fine tip, making it easy to get into tight spots. Yet, I’m always on the hunt for new and better scissors, and this year at Houston, I bought Kai’s serrated scissors:
and am in Love with these. They’re just like they’re regular scissors: light weight, fit great around my fingers, and are very sharp, and I loved finding a set of three, for small to large areas. Of course, the fact that this technique is so quick means I have lots of little projects that have been fused, but are waiting to be sewn down and quilted… here are a few I plan to finish in 2013…oops, 2012:

The snowmen are Yo-Yos made with Clover’s Yo-Yo makers…
….yes, I do love gadgets! Oops, missing a Yo-Yo!
These guys are balloons – will add string once its quilted
I made this from a photo I took in Lancaster County, of course, I need to add a bit of shading, perhaps a little thread painting will work, along with a little paint
This tiny art quilt only measures 7″x 9″ – I hand dyed most of the fabrics
Okay, no much instant gratification…lots of small patchwork – hence the delay in finishing it!
And here is one of my favorites, but those berries where a pain to cut out 🙂
And almost forgotten: one of my first raw-edge projects; it’s time I get it done
Guess this one will be one of the firsts to work on, maybe I can have it done in time for Easter…2012…,13… okay, just kidding, 2012 for sure
I can’t believe I haven’t finished either of these two. I absolutely love the fun chickens…
…and the swirls in this Pickle Rd. quilt.
So, these are some of my New Year’s *GTD resolutions…

*Get Them Done