Friday, March 27, 2009
I got this email and thought I would respond to it for all to see.
I just read your blog and may have had an "aha" moment. You say that after you fuse your fabric, you remove the paper backing and then cut it. You also say that you end up with clean edges. Does this mean that if I were to cut out a flower with scissors, that I, too, would have clean edges? I usually button hole stitch my pieces, but I have tried just using an embroidery running stitch close to my cut out piece for depth. I like the look, but some of my pieces (ie. "flowers), tend to ravel, and I don't like the look of that. These are all wall hangings, so I don't have to worry about washing them.
Any comments you can give me would be helpful!
First of all are you pre-washing your fabrics before using with fusible? It is important to wash commercial fabrics first as they have starch on them which makes the fusible not want to stick well. And yes I think you will like this method much better. Fuse your fabrics and let the fusible cool. Remember it is an adhesive that melts when it is heated and solidifies when it cools. Remove the release paper and place the release paper on top of your pattern piece. Use a pencil and trace around the design you want to make. Place the release paper pencil side against the fused side of the fabric and press with a hot dry iron for just a quick second. The pencil will transfer to the back of your fused fabric. Now take your scissors and cut out just inside the pencil line. Place your fused flower head in the right place on your design and fuse it in place. You are all set to go. I like to stitch in the ditch around all my design elements, because all of my fused pieces are art and go on the wall. That is the only "finishing" of the edges that I do. I have found that "Wonder Under", #805 on the end of the bolt, is a very durable and dependable product. They also make a product called Wonder Web that comes without the paper and says #807 on the end of the bolt. This is a great product but not what I use.
AND I got such a large teflon sheet from Bear Thread Designs . They custom cut it for me and one for Laura too.
Ya know, you could have me come to your guild and teach a class on fusing and learn ALL the great tricks and tips that I have about fusing.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Love the landscape, Frieda. Is is fused or pieced? The edges of the pieces are so neat that it looks as though they've been sewn. I'd love to see how you'll quilt it, too -- the colors are just wonderful.
So I thought I'd talk about the construction of this quilt. So I thought I would tell you a little about that. I usually start with a sketch. I couldn't find the original sketch for this one, but I know I did it very quickly while riding in the car on the way to Minnesota several years ago. The above one has a similar feel to it.
I decide on the fabrics I want to start with and I fuse them all. I use only #805 WonderUnder. I remove all the paper from the fabrics as I am using them and cut out all my pieces with a rotary cutter and no paper on the fabric, so that all the edges are really smooth and clean. Then I reassemble my pieces on either a piece of release paper, or in my case a large Teflon sheet. I have one that measures 40" x 60". WoWo
Madeira Rayon Thread. I love the fields and the sky, this is what it looks like in my neck of the woods once you get away from suburbia.
Monday, March 23, 2009
I’m trying a new program to enter my blog entries. It is called Live Wire and is from Microsoft. Melody recommended it to me. So let’s see if it is any easier.
Live Wire let's you size the pictures in the blog formatting, blogger doesn't let you do that.
It will take some time to get used to this format, but I think I like it already.
I have to go exercise.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
patterns. The size of this pattern is 16" x 20". And of course in each of my patterns you also get the tiny version to make using your left over scraps. The tiny versions measure 8.5" x 11". They are precious indeed. This tiny version is made from silk scraps.
Tiny Dandelion 8.5" x 11"
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
I got this email a few days ago, so I thought I would post a picture of the Leafing Out Table Runner. If you go to QA website I think you can down load the directions for it. It is all raw edged fused. I have washed it over and over again and it holds up excellent!!!
It uses your beautiful gold fabric. When I bought it all I could see was pumpkins! Love your fabric!
Fran was in my class this fall in Dallas and she sent me this great photo. I love it.
I have been on the road teaching. I was in Baton Rouge, LA teaching for the Gulf State Quilting Association. They have a small symposium that is in it's 26th year. There were a great group of teachers offering a variety of classes and we had a fabulous time. I even got to eat some Cajun food while I was there. I am very impressed with the resilience of these quilters they have faced so many natural disasters and still they keep quilting.
I am now in SugarLand TX. I will be presenting my lecture FUN Fusing this evening for the Quilt Guild of Greater Houston and tomorrow I will teach Free Motion Machine Quilting. If you are in the area stop by tonight.
I of course am missing home and George very much.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
I have an article appearing in a British on line magazine this month called QuiltWow. It is featuring my quilt Winter Forest. I hope you go and check it out.
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Sunday, March 8, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
AQS in Paducah. I love Paducah, probably because of all the flowers in bloom and spring really being in the air. This year our booth will be on the main exhibit floor. We have been moved up!!! I really hope you will make the effort to come and see us.
check it out.
I will post some wedding pictures soon. I have to transfer them from my other computer. The wedding was great, it all went well, the bride and groom were happy and funny and lively and we danced till we dropped.