Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Sedona Through the Trees

Sedona Through the Trees

Blooms and Baskets, Gems of Summer





Today, I received my book from Amazon Used Books. I first saw this book when I checked it out of a quilt guild library, in 2003. It was published by the American Quilter's Society in 1998. Inside the back cover are fold-out patterns for the quilt center medallion and corner treatment. Anna Kephart of Prairie Village, Kansas received an Honorable Mention for her medallion setting in 1997. It was Anna's quilt that captivated me.

I copied the medallion and corner patterns, put them in my pattern file and forgot about them. In March, 2017, while looking for something else, I found them. However, my drawings included only one basket pattern. Which takes us to now. Senuta uses the freezer paper foundation on the right side of the fabric, and offers many helpful special techniques.

In 2007, I had to give away a load of my book collection - it literally filled the back of an SUV. Among the books I gave to the Aurora Library in Colorado was one of the Great American Quilt Series books containing a wall quilt - with the word "Sedona" in the title. I am not sure which book it was in but have ordered the book for 1988, in the hope that my pattern will be in it. I will have to check back here tomorrow after the mail delivery to share the answer. I have the quilt (Sedona Through the Trees?) nearly complete. I want to see the pattern again to know how to finish it. I also have many parallelogram triangles cut and stitched, but doubt there are the number needed for a border. It's possible I can use them for a modification of the border.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Fun With Stabilizers for Diamond Hill

Stabilizing the Background fabric for machine applique:
I tried various methods and products designed as "tear-away." This is what I decided works best for me...Spray starch (NOT sizing) and press the wrong side of the background square. Do not move it. Place Floriani Fuse and Wash on the square and fuse only the outermost edges. Hold the iron at a 45 degree angle if necessary so only the edge fuses the square. After stitching the applique, tear away the Floriani. Fibers will remain in the stitching, but it is the softest stabilizer, and washing removes any remaining sizing that was infused in the product by the manufacturer.

Jenny Henry Quilts

I found Jenny through Esther's pages. If you like inspiring applique, go to Jenny's page. She did a magnificent Love Entwined quilt that'll blow your socks off.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Applique tools from the art studio





The brush on the left holds starch/water in the barrel; the palette knife works superbly to turn the edges while the dull kitchen knife comes in handy as well. I use every surface and edge of the palette knife when turning my raw edges to the back of the piece. Excellent control.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Diamond Hill, by Esther Aliu


Part One of Esther Aliu's 2017 Free Block of the Month: Diamond Hill. This is so fun to do. To transfer the pattern to the dark background fabric, I used the "Pierce Paper and Pounce" method.
First I traced the pattern to freezer paper. Then, starting with stems and the vase, I pierced the paper with a needle point tracing wheel. I cut 3 holes in the pattern in the background area to make registration points on the fabric, to be able to subsequently line up the pattern multiple times. Using a chalk pounce pad, I pounced the pattern, forcing the chalk through the holes.

When preparing the applique pieces - I used double thickness of freezer paper for templates, and medium to heavy starch on the edges before turning them under with the iron. For sharp inside corners, I found that Fray Check works to prevent stray threads. I have ordered the Floriani Stitch and Wash Stabilizer, but couldn't wait for it to arrive to get started. Two of the fabrics for the leaves were from fabric samples from the 1980s that survived through the years and provide a memorable reminder of days gone by.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Experiment With Value

I think I will start collecting black and white fabric for the fabric stash. I want to experiment with value, using Blackwork Embroidery concepts - to see if light center, dark surround is best - or the reverse. Testing med vs dk vs lt, using classic quilt blocks. May move on to stripes. I suppose the fabric doesn't have to be black and white, so long as it is only 2 color. Fabric selection may be limited otherwise.




Hetsie Van Wyk is one of the foremost fiber artists. Her book "Embroider Now" is a favorite reference. Pictured is an illustration of one of her blackwork pieces - a tray cloth. I post it here in hopes of illustrating a pictorial definition of "Blackwork." The book is out of print but is available from Amazon at a very reasonable price.

Some armchair sewing - the Lemoyne Star pattern. I had red fabric - didn't have black and white. I wonder if this concept is where "Redwork" came from?