Tag "applique"

How to do fusible applique

I know how to do hand applique, needle turn, Hawaiian and spray starch method, but using fusible web to do applique by machine is my favorite method by far. It is fast, accurate and very sturdy. I use it often for kids projects, because it holds up well to lots of washings and if I’m going to spend hours and hours appliqueing a quilt by hand, I don’t want it to

Craftsy class review: ‘Help! How Do I Quilt It?’

I enrolled in one of Craftsy’s newer quilting classes, “Help! How Do I Quilt It? A Machine Quilting Manual” by Angela Walters last week to get some ideas for quilting my 2014 Block of the Month quilt. I have never quilted anything so large in anything other than an all-over pattern and wanted to do something special for this quilt with 11 different blocks and five borders. I definitely got

Puppy Love crib quilt sneak peak

It’s time for a sneak peak at the crib quilt I designed for my little one on the way. I’m only halfway through the pregnancy, but I’m basing the decor of the entire nursery around this quilt, so I’m feeling the pressure to get it done. First let me start by saying, I can’t draw, I just know how to use Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, which are the programs I

A future quilter is on the way

I came home from my honeymoon and was convinced I was pregnant. So what’s a new quilter to do? Buy an entire line of fabric, of course. Well, it was a false alarm, but 4 years later it’s finally time to pull out my line of Aspen’s Line by Avlyn and design a quilt top for my little quilter that is due this May. There was only one problem. I

Get inspired by the Geneseo Quilt Show

I love going to quilt shows, so when there is one practically in my backyard, I just have to go. So last weekend I dragged my husband from the Quad Cities to Geneseo, Illinois. Just kidding on the dragging part. I took him to five quilt shops on our honeymoon, so he knows fully what he got himself into when he married me and came quite willingly. The quilt show

Just Hangin’ Around

This is the first in a series of crib quilt I’m working on that takes a modern twist on pictorial kit quilts that were popular in the mid-20th Century. I have a few of the antique crib quilts in my collection. They feature one large image that is appliqued, embroidered or both. Some are on a plain background, others feature decorative borders. My modern versions are made entirely from batiks

Virtual Shop Hop: Quilter’s Connection, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Quilters Connection is one of the biggest quilt shops you’ll find in Green Bay, Wisconsin. And in this case, big equals variety. You’ll find everything from reproduction prints and homespuns to batiks and bright, bold prints. There is one of the largest collections of Civil War reproductions I’ve seen. I picked up several double pinks to bring home with me. Quilters Connection has a great variety of wools and pearl

Jungle baby quilt reveal!

It was the morning of my sister’s baby shower, and I showed up at my sister’s house with a cardboard gift box. Instead of giving her the present, I locked myself in the nursery rearranged the room, much to the chagrin of her uber-friendly beagle, and staged a photo shoot with the jungle baby quilt I’ve been working on for her son. Nobody really finds my behavior weird anymore. They get

New baby, new junlge crib quilt design

I’m going to have a new nephew in a couple months so that means it is baby quilt time. My very practical sister who is already thinking ahead to baby number two, chose a jungle theme for the nursery since it is gender neutral. Her husband suggested an underwater theme, not a colorful ocean scene, but bass. That one didn’t get too much consideration. I took jungle characters from a

The monkey baby quilt is taking shape

A couple weeks ago I teased you all with a post about a baby quilt I’m working on that features a giant monkey hanging from a tree branch. Well today comes the reveal of the top. The top isn’t completely done because while the applique is fused in place, I still need to finish stitching around the edges to keep it there. I chose a dark brown thread that I’m going