Thursday, April 17, 2014

Did I invent something new???

I have been using Totally Stable ( an iron on tear away stabilizer) for years when I machine appliqué fabric pieces with invisible thread.  In fact I buy it by the bolt instead of in little packages. Lately I have been using it to create the pattern pieces for raw edge appliqué. I trace the piece I need and iron it to the right side of fabric that has been backed with Misty Fuse. My latest quilt, however, has such large pieces that I did not want to use fusible and preferred to turn under the edges. So I figured that I would be working with lots of freezer paper to do this. I decided to try using Totally Stable instead. It works great!!

So now I can use it instead of freezer paper. It is much easier to see through to trace the pieces than freezer paper is and I think that it sticks better to the fabric. The following photos show you what I did.

Tracing the pattern piece.

 Ironing the pattern piece to the right side of the fabric. I have notations on the pattern to show where I need to turn under the edges and where to add fabric to make sure this piece will fit under other pieces. For the turned under edges I have cut the pattern about 1/4 inch wider than the piece.

The piece cut out of the fabric with the pattern still ironed to it.

Now I finger press the edges that need to be turned under. I make cuts in the seam allowance where there are curves just like you usually would do when doing any turned under appliqué. This finger pressing makes a pretty sharp crease in the fabric.

 Once I am done with the finger pressing I give it a good press with the iron.

 Here is the edge all pressed and ready to go.

 Tearing the Totally Stable off of the fabric to give the piece one last press.

Checking the fabric piece against the pattern to make sure it looks good.



Pinning the piece to the design wall.  Not many more pieces to go!!







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Friday, April 11, 2014

Made it to the wall Friday

I spent a lot of time this past week trying to figure out what fabric colors to use in my Arches quilt. Initially I thought about yellow and purple, but then decided to try a more soothing palette. After all an old church should be a place to sooth your soul. Or at least that’s how I see it. Plus the interiors of many of the churches I have visited have been cool in temperature which begs for a cooler color scheme. I tried lot of things and at points my studio was a mess, but I kept coming back to greens and then eventually greens and blues. I think if I keep arriving back at the same colors after trying different things I should go with it. I think it is trying to tell me something. That’s how my windmills from February evolved.

Yesterday I went to Staples to have my print enlarged and I hung it on the design wall. To give you a perspective on size, the small print you see is on an ordinary sheet of paper. The size of the quilt looks like it will be about 25 in by 38 in. Now I have a pattern to work with.

The “green thing” you see is my Paris rooftops quilt hanging out sideways on the side of the design wall. This was the January quilt from the master class. I still don’t have that one quilted since EB has been keeping us busy ever since. The greens in this were olive greens. This time I want to use brighter greens.

I think the print looks pretty stunning on the design wall!


I picked out fabrics. Some are my hand dyes and some are commercial batiks or fossil ferns. I love fossil ferns and drool every time I look at the box of 90 of them over at Craftsy. I think the next time they have them on sale I will have to buy them.

My birthday is next Thursday and I debated about asking for them, but decided that I needed one of those Big Board ironing boards more. I might just buy the fossil ferns as a treat to myself one of these days. I should have bought them the last time they had them on sale for around $140.



I have the pattern ready and the fabrics ready so now I have to get to work. I did try out this design and colors in Electric Quilt so at least it gives me some idea of what this might look like. It never really shows what the quilt will truly look like, but gives me something to go on. It was helpful in eliminating many fabric choices. Even so I had my studio torn up an lots of fabrics all over the place.



  This could come out looking really impressive.








I have been doing a lot of thinking lately about retirement. I have been at my current teaching job for more than 30 years. So we are thinking of retiring at the end of this year. When I started college back in 1970 I had to decide whether to major in art or major in math. I made the more practical choice and picked math which eventually led to science and math. Now I am thinking that maybe when I retire  I can start a second career in art. Of course the question is what would that mean? I think since I love teaching so much I would love to teach some art quilt classes. The self doubts ask whether I am good enough for that. Could I sell some of my quilts? Would anyone buy them? Would you buy them? How much would I charge? I know nothing about these things. A few times I have been tempted to add a tab at the top of the blog with quilts for sale just to see what happens.

I was interviewed as a Featured Artist by Deborah Lyn Stanley. You can read the interview at her blog.

Wow I am a featured artist!!!

Linking to Nina-Marie. Check out the other artists.

Thanks for joining me today.