Invisible Machine Applique: Simply Amazing

>> Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Last week, I took a workshop from fabric/pattern designer and quilter Kim Diehl. She came to our quilt guild for two days of workshops to teach her method of invisible machine appliqué. In case you're not in the know, appliqué (in quilting terms) is a method used to create designs on a quilt with pieces placed on top of the fabric and then sewn in place--either by hand or machine.

There are several different ways to appliqué, but I prefer the look of needle-turn for it's clean edges and no-show thread. However, needle-turn takes a lot of time because it is all done by hand. Well, Kim's invisible machine appliqué method is just what the name implies: appliqué attached by sewing machine where the thread is pretty darn near invisible. When done correctly, it looks fabulous. And that's what I've been trying to perfect on my project all week. Here is a picture of Kim's wall hanging (and the one I'm working on as well). I'll post a picture of mine when I'm finished.


July and August Customer Quilts

>> Tuesday, September 21, 2010

July and August came and went so quickly! I did a few quilts during my "slow" quilting months and had some time for a fun family vacation to Southern California. Now the kids are back in school and I've even had a few telephone calls about getting quilts done in time for Christmas. Can it be time for the Christmas quilt rush already? I'd much prefer getting them done now rather than December 17th, though. My first picture actually is a Christmas throw that I did in July but it was a store sample pieced by Jessica S. for the local quilt shop, so it needed to be done early enough to be on display for a while. Hope you enjoy the pictures!

This cute Christmas throw was for Jessica S. I quilted snowflakes, swirls and loops in the quilt body, swirls in the red inner border, and snowflakes and loops in the big outer border.

This throw was for Julia T. and has loops, vines, and flowers as well as detail and outlining on the applique. I love the pinks, greens, and reds in this quilt.

This BYU quilt was for Julia T. I quilted stars, loops and swirls in the quilt body, stars and loops in the blue inner border, and large swirls in the outer border.

This queen size scrappy quilt is for Chris L. I quilted loops and swirls in the quilt body, swirls in the red inner border and the scrappy outer border, and large double loops in the big black inner border.

This bright Yellow Brick Road is for Launa G. and was pieced by her daughter Becca. She did a great job! I quilted this with an all over flower/swirl/vine pattern and hid Becca's name in it as well. She picked some fun colors!


About . . .

Quilting is good therapy. It all started about 18 years ago when I had two little kiddos running around the house in diapers and spent my days as a stay-at-home mom. I soon discovered that I needed something more interesting than sorting laundry to keep me going. That's when I discovered the joy of quilting. Now, years down the road, I've added another kiddo to the mix. We've said goodbye to diapers and hello to driver's licenses and college (yikes!), and I have many quilts behind me. I now have a studio in my basement with a long-arm machine where I keep myself busy quilting for others and for myself, too, when I get the time. I hope you enjoy looking at what I've been working on!

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