Tag: applique

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It seems to be all or nothing with me! I’m either sewing as often as possible or not at all. I’m still working through the redwork for a twelve days of Christmas quilt, which I’m testing. It’s a free block of the month from  niftyneedles.com  I’m caught up with appliqué at free  fatcats.com bom, just need…

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I’m not a traditional quilter so my take on a bag, is to make the ornamentation first. So here’s how to make a panel that can be attached to any bag including the simple shopper in my next instalment. Create your design. My finished panel is approx 10 inches square. If you can draw your…

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    With your panel finished, it’s now time to choose the fabric for your bag. I have chosen a simple canvas, to show off my panel, you can choose a plain or patterned fabric. I cut my fabric to 38×19 inches. Yours could be smaller or larger depending on what you wish to use…

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The penultimate competition for entries to the UKQU website exhibition with Grosvenor Shows that will be travelling with their events from the Great Northern Quilt Show in Harrogate until the Springfield Show in Spalding at the end of 2019.   Make a date in your own diary to go along and see our first exhibition for yourself.…
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I am a member of UK Quilters United FB Show Galleries 2019 Facebook Page. The idea is to create work for our FB Group to show in galleries at varying shows. Up till now it’s been postcard size work. It has been decided to make A4 sized pieces. A poll was created to decide on…

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Hearts are an ever popular motif. It’s easy to cut out a template yourself in a variety of styles that you could use for applique or for quilting designs. Watch this short video, or follow the instructions below: Drawing a regular heart shape Take a piece of paper a little larger than the desired motif,…

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We all use our background and past experiences to determine what we choose to sew – they are just part of our psyche.  I am an immigrant – came to live in England in 1979 from South Africa and have now lived here longer than I lived in South Africa.  When I am asked do…

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Welcome to 2019. Hope you have all had a wonderful time. I thought I’d have a little review of the last year, rather than making a resolution. I go to a U3A embroidery group, last year we decide to do a travelling journal/book round robin. You start with an empty book and make a bit…

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Last time we looked at preparing fairly simple shapes, such as circles, leaves, and Scottie dogs, and appliqueing them onto a background. We briefly discussed using fusible web, raw edge applique and how to turn the edges under on these simple shapes so they could be stitched using a decorative stitch or an invisible stitch…

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Two words that can strike terror into the heart of a dedicated patchworker. The trouble is that it is not just used to make fabric pictures – you have to applique your Dresden Plate or your set of tumbling blocks onto a background for instance, and that lovely Honey Bee block requires you to applique…

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Christmas sewing Got a bit of spare time over Christmas? Need to get away from the turkey and sprouts? A quick little make, or a new technique to try? This year I’ve used my grandsons drawing to create a few small journal quilts. I make these little images as stand alone journal quilts or bigger…

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After making a few snowflakes for the ‘fire and ice’ quilts, I became fascinated by their potential. They are beautiful, each individual, symmetric but also flawed, each growing differently but under the same constraints. To make the patterns for my snowflakes, I first looked at close-ups of snowflakes and I just love the diversity. I…