Well, its Thursday so I think Thursdays would be really good to tell you about new tools or materials etc. that I have discovered. This week I will concentrate on you appliquers! I have found, and tried, a new foundation paper for those who use a foundation meant to partially disappear when soaked only leaving the fibre content..great for giving a little dimension to your applique. It’s not really so new, I just got around to trying it. The foundation is made by Floriani and is called Stitch N Wash Tearaway Fusible. The interesting part is the fusible. It is a very, very light fusible and you MUST read the directions for it to work. Unlike other fusibles this one takes a very limited amount of heat for a very limited amount of time. You need to use the SILK setting on your iron and press from the fabric side or use a press cloth! If you heat it too much it will not stick. Be sure to follow the directions. (Ask me how I figured that out!) It feels much lighter than the Sharon Schamber paper we have been using. I cannot pick a favorite but they are definitely different. I do like the idea of not having to add that extra glue to place the template. Give it a try. Here are a few pics of a quilt that I finished not long ago. It was totally done with fusible and what a fantastic job!
What a great baby quilt this is. I used a whimsical dragon fly for the quilting motif and love the way it came out. Baby is due tomorrow so Grandma will be binding quickly I imagine! Great job!
A charity quilt that just came off the table. Really nice, I know someone will really appreciate Jennefer’s work on this one!
On the table now. A gigantic batik quilt. A great birthday present for a Bonnie’s wonderful son! He surprised her by picking batiks and bright batiks at that! Hopefully it will be finished today.
Happy Quilting…bee happy! Karen
When you watch the Olympics or see ads on TV, keep your eye out for all of the patchwork designs incorporated into the logos and advertising. Yes, even TEAM USA is dressed in patchwork. Quilting is widely popular in Russia. Here are a few of the logos being used. Notice the fantastic colors and patterns included by the designers.
Now isn’t that just too cool! Quilting up in space and quilting at the Olympics!!!
Oh my, the cows are ready to go home and their momma is going to the farm! I guess they will have to graze at my house for a little longer. They are fantastic and look so content. Great whimsical design work by Sandy K! Good job! Can’t wait to see them embellished!
don’t you just love them!
Until later…Bee Happy. Karen
It is so much fun to spend time on quilts for our service men and women. Some really good feel good minutes! Here are two that I was privileged to quilt today.
These are for a group returning to Texas from a tour in Afghanistan in mid May. There is just no way to thank them enough!
Be Happy, Karen
Well, getting ready for a great guild retreat next Monday thru Thursday – can’t wait. I will be teaching a quick free half-day class on this super easy way to do a landscape quilt. Being so close to the Gulf of Mexico I thought it would be fun to do a beach scene, and, I had to add one of the Lorelei beach ladies to my scene. My studio bathroom is decorated with them so guess where my little quilt will eventually end up. The quilt needs to be quilted yet, and, of course bound, but it’s moving right along.
Well, if the above picture is titled “Sexy Lady at the Beach” it stands to reason that this one should be called “Sexy Paula With Her Quilt! It is so much fun to deliver a quilt and see the big smile!!! Good job Paula!
Off to the Coastal Prairie Guild meeting tonight to learn all about broderie Perse…should be interesting. Always fun to see so many quilters in one space having a great time.
Until later..BE HAPPY
Before I forget this for the 100th time, wanted to let everyone know about “Greased Lightning”. I have been using it for years for everything. I keep it in my quilt studio all the time. It will remove grease spots from fabric and it doesn’t leave a water spot. It’s great for spots on your laundry and just about everything. I discovered it many years ago and it has sometimes been hard to find. I went into Lowe’s yesterday for some brush cleaner and, lo and behold, on the endcap, was a large display of Greased Lightning. This big container only costs a little over $7…. No connection with the company, just appreciate how many binds it has gotten me out of.
I have been working on customer quilts and have a few pictures to show. The first “pile” of yellow is left over strips of fleece that I braided into pull toys for dogs. I will give them to family dogs and take the rest to the shelter. They were just the selvage edges that I cut off before finishing the edges of the blankets for a dance team. The second picture is a delightful wall hanging, meant to hang on a high wall in a stairwell. Joyce did a great job of designing this. The last is a quilt made by Mary. It has the cutest embroidered blocks. Back to work for today. I have a king size quilt on the long arm, 102″ x 96″