Reverse Applique

Whew! December has been a HUGELY busy month, meaning I have neglected my blog and haven’t written any blog posts in 3 weeks. I cannot believe it has been that long. Oops! Hopefully I can get back on track soon get back to a once-a-week post.  I’ve got something a little bit different today for my blog post; reverse applique.

I watch Jenny Doan of MSQC on youtube all the time, and recently I’ve started watching Rob Appel on Man Sewing. He does techniques that range from quilting to applique to making bags to a ton of other subjects. He did this tutorial on a technique called reverse applique that I enjoyed watching. Last week I was stuck at home watching my son while the poor kiddo was sick and so I had some time to attempt this new technique.

I picked a horse image- and I actually wound up Googling “tribal horse” images since you need an image that is kinda blocky for it. However, next time I might try to do some designing of my own.  What makes this technique different from regular applique is that normally you cut out the design THEN sew it on; this time, you sew on the design THEN cut it out. It’s… well, reversed. This was my final product:

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It was a fun project. I didn’t quilt around the main design since I had just wanted to focus on the main design which was the horse. There was a lot of cool points about this: you can use any colors you want, you could make it any size… the possibilites for this really are quite limitless. You could do names, team logos/mascots, sports… Lets just say I have a few ideas myself.

If you want a more detailed design and you’re not free-handing it, and instead have a pattern you’re going off of, you’ll want a lightbox. I put my pattern on the lightbox, the purple fabric on top, and then used my Frixxion pen to draw out the design. I then sewed directly on the line I drew and proceeded to cut out the middle of the design. (This is why I did tribal – it gives you more dark spaces to cut out!)img_1236

In order to cut out the design, I found that I felt better first inserting a pin, pulling the top layer of fabric up slightly (the purple) and then cutting just on top of where the pin was to create a hole to cut into where I didn’t have to worry about cutting the back fabric (the batik).

All told, this little one (I think it came out to something like 14” square) took me a grand total of about 3 hours, start to finish. It’ll go faster next time since I’ll have an idea of what I’m doing.

Could you imagine how COOL a bigger wallhanging of this would look? Or even, dare I suggest, a full-size quilt? (That’d be a treat!)

Next time I post we will be in 2017! How cool is that? I’m going to be starting a BOW quilt, so I will make weekly posts on that (it’s the Winter Solstice BOW with Pat Sloan- check out her blog).

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Happy New Year’s Eve!

New Design and a Visit to Ann Arbor Sewing Center

It’s been awhile!

I was fooling around on EQ7 and was really getting in to some very colorful designs. Well, I came up with a quick and easy jelly roll design that I absolutely loved! Check it out:

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This would be a great quilt for someone who has a stash to get rid of or someone who has a bunch of batik (or Kona) jelly roll/bali pops. In my head it looks like a sunset reflecting off a lake or large river. Someday I will definitely have to make this quilt!

Also, even though it has been awhile (roughly two weeks… oops!) since I visited this store, I wanted to let everyone know about one of the most fantastic sewing stores I have ever been to. (Not that I’ve been to a ton, but this one was beyond cool!)

Its the Ann Arbor Sewing Center, which is located- you guessed it- in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The building was originally the area’s schoolhouse, and has since been expanded a number of times as the business grew. It is a fantastic place that has plenty of wonderful quilt samples around, but also many, MANY different fabrics, from Civil War-era reproductions, to the whole Kona Solids collection, to Kaffe Fassett fabrics and other prints. Take a look at some of the pictures I snapped!

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IMG_0088 This was some of the Kaffe Fassett fabrics they had, as well as a few others.

Here are some of my favorite display quilts I saw there; I wanted to buy all the rainbow ones! (Their kits, I mean). Luckily for me, my husband was with me and he helped me keep control of my wallet! You can always click on the image to see it blown up. 

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This was a fabulous store, and I still can’t get some of the quilts I saw there out of my mind (or off my wish-list!). If you are ever in the area, or even passing by, this is a MUST visit store!

I also picked up their row by row, but forgot to grab a picture of it, so you will have to wait until I am all done. Unfortunately, due to a death in the family, I will be back in Michigan over the weekend. Enjoy the rest of your week!

Quilt tops and a new camera!

So, as a wedding/birthday gift, my dad bought me a new camera! It is a Canon EOS Rebel, and I have to say, so far it is one sleek piece of technology. I’m not very technology savvy; I know how to change out lenses and how to zoom and focus, but that is about the extent of my photographic abilities. But this camera makes it easy. It comes with two lenses- a 18-55mm, and a 75-300mm. (Basically, for those of you who, like me, read that last sentence and go “Uhh, what?”, it’s a short lens for closer photographs and a long lens for objects farther away.) It’s been super fun to work with. Not quite a point-and-shoot deal, but VERY close.

And, since I now have a new camera, I am able to take pictures of some of my quilt tops for y’all! Not all of them, since we are currently up in Michigan visiting with family and friends, as well as going on a family vacation up in Traverse City.

The first one is the second quilt top I have ever finished- I saw the kit in the local quilt store and instantly fell in love with the bright colors. I know I’ve included a picture of it in a previous post, but that was with my 4yo cell phone camera, in a dark apartment, so you’ll be able to see this much better now! I dragged my husband outside to be the official quilt holder- he had a bit of fun with it. IMG_0034IMG_0036

The second quilt I made during a class I took, again at my local quilt store. I had been eying this fabric collection for several weeks, and the class gave me the perfect excuse to try it out. The pattern is made by simple square blocks, 9 patch blocks, and rail fence blocks. It was a ton of fun to put together, and it gave me some practice with pressing seams to one side (usually I press them open) and working with my corners! IMG_0040

I’m currently working on finishing up a Farfalle quilt top using fabric from the Ambleside collection, as well as a quick and easy one-night baby quilt using a charm pack. The problem is, since I’m up in Michigan I do not have access to any of my sewing materials.

This is where I leave you for the day, but I will also leave you with a picture of my husband proudly flying the quilt flag of the drafted helper!

IMG_0055Have a wonderful Father’s day; enjoy your week!