My White sewing machine, "Old Faithful" seldom gets a break. I've been working on a gift for a dear friend of mine. Would you like to join me in the studio?
I found this wonderful quilting book by Nancy Halvorsen at my local quilt shop, Hayloft Fabrics. It is packed with incredibly cute projects that make very special gifts.
At the time I found this book, Hayloft was also carrying the new line of fabrics, Garden Song. Of course I had to have a little of each one, so I bought fat quarters in every pattern. I was like a kid in a candy store!
I wanted to do them all, but I decided on one for my friend and chose the fabrics to use.
It's really important to prewash your fabrics if you are going to do fusible applique. I learned this lesson the hard way when I made my son's baby quilt. The reason you prewash is to remove the size from the fabric. If you don't, your appliques will peel off like an onion skin after the first wash! Next, I press my fabrics before cutting.
I like HeatnBond to adhere my appliques, but there are many good products that you can find at your local fabric and craft stores. You can place it right over the patterns in your book and trace them.
I cut my HeatnBond pieces just outside of the pattern lines so that when I fuse them to the fabric and cut it out, the adhesive prevents the edges from fraying. Also, if you cut out the centers of each piece of HeatnBond, your appliques won't be "stiff".
After I cut out my fabric appliques, I peel off the paper backing leaving the adhesive on the back of the fabric. I use a dry iron (no steam) set on a low setting to fuse the appliques to the background. Then I machine zigzag stitch around each piece.
Isn't this fun? It doesn't take much to get me excited!
I love when a project combines dimensional items such as buttons and embroidery. I sandwiched a piece of thin quilt batting between the top and the backing fabric and basted them together. Finally I added borders, hanging loops and a little hand-quilting. In a very short time, I had a lovely gift for a very special friend.
I hope you enjoyed our studio time. If you have any questions about quilting, I'd love to hear from you. You can email me or drop a comment on my post. Have a great day!