My Addiction to Fabric Started With Quilt Lessons!

August 23, 2013 Sophie just couldn't stay away from the quilt shops, her curiosity to see the new "Fall" fabrics for quilting is getting the best of her.   I knew it would happen, ever since I took my first quilt lessons, I can't go into a quilt shop without buying fabric.  I'm beginning to have an addiction to fabric, which explains my excuses for buying all the fabric I have been doing lately.  The latest excuse I came up with and it does sound pretty good, is  "All the fabric I've been buying lately to make into quilts, will keep me warm. Then I can turn down the heat at night and save on heating bills. How low can you turn down the thermostat? OK, onto quilting....When I bought fabric for the Fall Quilt shown on front of the American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine, October 2012, I also signed up for more quilt lessons. My goal is  to learn how to do the applique, as everything else I felt confident I knew how to do. The method of applique I learned is "Machine Applique".  The tools needed to do this method include a sewing machine that is capable of doing a zig zag or blanket stitch, along with a fusible web of some type.  The instructor took us step by step from tracing pattern pieces onto the paper side of the fusible web, to then pressing it onto the fabric of choice.  You then cut out the individual pieces and remove the paper backing, exposing the adhesive.  Place all your pieces on your block according to the pattern and then press in place.  The final step is to stitch around the outside with your decorative stitch. Thanks to my quilt lessons on "Machine Applique", I can now conquer any pattern that has applique in it.  I think I will wait awhile before I attempt a "Baltimore Album"! What type of quilt patterns have you passed on making, because you didn't know how to make it without quilt lessons?  (see "Leave a Reply" below) Visit us at to see why Quilting is..."A Great Habit"!