13 April 2009

The "A" Word

This was one of those "what was I thinking" purchases. You know the ones; on the clearance shelf at the local hobby and craft store, priced at $25.00. It is a whole cloth applique quilt kit that is a poly/cotton blend. Everything is included except the embroidery floss. I bought two, but have since given one to my SIL. (Hi SIL!)

Several years ago another one of these kits was purchased at a local flea market; this rose kit was half finished so I proceeded to complete it -- all by hand. This iris quilt is not going to be done by hand like the rose quilt. No way. The amount of time and the inconsistency of the printing on the applique pieces in the previous applique quilt cured me of that idea. So an entire weekend and 5 evenings have been spent tracing the applique pieces onto a poly stabilizer so I can try out a technique learned in a class by Kelly Gallagher-Abbott. This technique is very similar to the one that Sharon Schamber uses in her book Piece by Piece Machine Applique.

I am being fairly laissez-faire about this quilt because, frankly, I am using it as practice. It will incorporate a new machine applique technique plus it will be machine quilted. The quilting design is pre-printed on the whole cloth background and is actually for hand quilting. I am going to do it by DSM and hope the blue dots of the quilting lines wash out.

The next step is to create the more than 200 applique pieces using a combo of fabric and the stabilizer.

You will be kept apprised of my progress as I bounce between this project and the commission quilt.

12 comments:

  1. Good luck! It sounds a little daunting.

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  2. Paula, you have my full support and prayers.....LOL....take care.

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  3. Yikes! That sounds like way too much. Am sure you can do it beautifully.

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  4. Best wishes with this one, I have no doubt that after you wave your magic wand over it there will be a stunning result!

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  5. With it being a blend fabric, I would also do it your way, IF I didn't quit first (sounds like a lot of work!). :D
    Once finished, it will be lovely.

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  6. You 'can do' attitude is so much more than just another 'a' word...you will do this up beautifully and learn and teach us too...in the process!

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  7. I guess I meant 'you hoo woooo' on that one. That's what I get for aging Alaskan dial-up Internet with limited viewing capabilities!

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  8. Sounds like a fun time *s* I think I have a kit around here somewhere . . . . it's an embroidered tablecloth. You've jostled my pea-brain enough that I can recall getting a knot in the floss and just giving up.

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  9. It's cute, but that much applique - I would have to really love it to put in all the time, even machine appliquing. Brave girl.....

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  10. It's pretty, and I'm sure you will do great on it. I'm sure I have some kits hiding in the backs of my closets that I've forgotten about - I do have a stained glass iris, in fact, and now you've brought it back up on the guilt screen.

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  11. I am looking forward to watching this process unfold. I am also staying away Applique myself. I think I just have to tackle other things first. :)

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  12. Oh my I love the look of applique but hate doing it. LOL I wish you luck because it will be spectacular. It is much like eating an elephant one bite at a time.

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