Happy 4th of July!
I hope everyone is enjoying your long weekend and remembering how our great country came to be. I enjoy making patriotic quilts and have one planned for July. You can check out some of them here.
Now onto Maggie’s First Dance. This is a long post, but I have lots to show you. Make sure you read to the end to find out how you can win this month’s great prize from Thermoweb, the maker of Heat and Bond and Heat and Bond Lite. I use Heat and Bond Lite when I do buttonhole applique or machine applique. It’s a great product; easy to use and doesn’t leave your fabric feeling stiff.
These are just two of the projects I’ve used it in, “I Believe” quilt by Nancy Halvorsen and “Revive your Soul” stitchery by Jennifer Reynolds. Both are hand appliqued with a buttonhole stitch.
This month, I was able to get my applique block finished so I have two to show you. First up is the embroidered block.
I love the way the blocks have the look of the southwest desert. The fabrics are Bright Sun by Sherri and Chelsie for Moda. I like to use a lot of different fabrics in my blocks, but to keep some consistency, I’m using the same coral fabric for each block and the cornerstone yellow will be the same throughout the blocks and borders.
Again, for this month’s embroidery, I took my cue from Jacquelynne’s notecards.
The x-hatching in the main flower is a variegated thread. You can just make out the subtle shading. I also like to add a running stitch to some of the elements to add a little depth. These are stitched with floss that is one shade lighter than the backstitching.
Here is the hand applique block this month.
I love Jacquelynne’s whimsical design using these Hometown Girl fabrics by Pat Sloan. You might notice that I didn’t use the same color placement for the applique as Jacquelynne. I do like to change things up a just a little.
I use Aurifil 50/2 cotton for appliqueing in colors that match or closely match the applique piece. I used the light blueish color for the blue and the white although it didn’t match exactly. It’s color number 2800 which is a great blender color. I use it a lot for free motion quilting, too.
I thought I would show you one of the processes that I use to prep my applique pieces.
- Sometimes I will use a wash away applique sheet to mark my designs on. There are several on the market. This is the one I used in a class when I learned this technique.
- These are the tools I use: the applique patterns, a thin line sharpie or pencil for light colors, for tracing the design onto the applique sheet, a glue pen, a fingernail orange stick, the Karen Kay Buckley applique scissors and paper scissors.
- I trace the design onto the applique sheet and use a touch of the glue pen to baste it onto the wrong side of the fabric.
- Next, I clip any curves or points then apply the glue pen to the edge of the applique sheet and fabric.
- I use the orange stick to turn the edge of the fabric over the pattern piece, carefully working around curves and points.
- The pieces are now ready for appliqueing. I use Roxanne’s Glue Baste to place them on the background fabric. I will wash all the blocks to remove the applique sheet and glue before I piece all the blocks together.
Now onto the good stuff. This month’s prize is provided by Thermoweb.
It is only open to continental US residents because of the aerosols, but don’t worry, there is an alternate prize that international, Hawaii, Alaska, and all readers can enter. More in a bit.
To enter to win the Thermoweb prize, leave me a comment about where you live and what the weather is like. It has been hot in Georgia with very little rain. We’re expecting temperatures near 100 later this week. Leave your comment by 11:59 PM on July 11 for your chance to win.
Make sure you visit all the other bloggers and leave a comment for your chance to win and see all the creative goodness that is going on with Maggie’s second block.
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Now for international, HI and AK (and all others), visit the Quilting Gallery blog for your chance to win…
Four copies are going to be given away so make sure you pop on over for your chance to win. I may have to put the table runner on my list of things to do.
It’s always so interesting to see how everyone completes their blocks, so be sure to share your completed blocks at the following places:
Thanks for sticking with me to the end. I hope you have fun making this months block!