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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 QuiltAddict.com to see why Quilting is..."A Great Habit"!
September 6, 2012 Sophie, the newbie quilter has just completed her very first quilt top. She had a little help with the daunting task of picking out the fabrics for quilting, but otherwise she did it all on her own! The Sunday get together to show off our quilt tops from our first quilt lessons was so much fun. Everyone was there and bursting with pride as we showed off our works of art! Since most of us were "Newbie" quilters, the patterns we used to place our blocks were simple. Mostly everyone had layed out their blocks 4 across with 4 rows down with sashing in between each block. Two of us layed our blocks out in rows with sashing in between the rows also. Even though most used the same pattern layout, what made the quilts look so different was the fabrics for quilting that were used. The fabrics for quilting that we had chosen, ranged from pastels, patriotic, fall, northwoods to just blacks and whites. Picking out the fabrics for quilting was harder for me than the actual sewing. After an hour of trying to pick out what fabric I liked the most, I gave up and asked for help. When the clerk asked where the quilt was going to be used, that's all it took. My dream of a cabin on a lake and having it filled with quilts came to mind, and from that idea came the northwoods theme fabric. From that point on, picking out the fabric went easy! It is still very early in my quilting journey and one of the most important things I have learned is....don't be afraid to ask for help. With all the fabrics for quilting available now days, how do you go about choosing what you want for your new project?(see "Leave a Reply" below) Visit us at QuiltAddict.com to see why Quilting is..."A Great Habit"!