Ready to Sew? This weeks blocks are from Moda Designers One-Canoe-Two, Jan Patek Quilts and Lella Boutique.
From “one Canoe two” – comes a really fun block, that will provide you with lots of practice in making Flying Geese.
Carolyn Friedlander’s Doe
Reds and Creams – I had fun switching the background.
Bonnie and Camille fabrics
The next block is from Jan Patek, who is known for her primitive folk-art applique. Be sure to place this little bird on point. I’m including the finishing pattern from Moda, if you decide that you want your finished quilt to be a horizontal setting, then be sure to place him on the block horizontally. If you haven’t decided, I would recommend waiting until all the blocks are complete and you have made that decision.
On Point Setting
Tutorial on Needle-Turn Applique
I love needle-turn applique and find it more relaxing than machine applique. There is my challenge again.
I like to use the Freezer Paper method when I needle turn. Start by tracing your design onto the dull side of the Freezer Paper…make sure your pattern is reversed. If the pattern designer has not provided a reverse pattern, simply turn the pattern over and make a copy from the back side. A light box comes in handy.
Cut the traced pattern out on the lines with a pair of paper scissors and iron each template to the wrong side of the fabric, shiny side down.
Cut out your fabric pieces, adding a scant 1/4″ seam allowance.
Grab your favorite spray starch and stiletto. I like Flatter and I love the Fig fragrance, it’s fresh, clean and environmentally safe for the environment. Yes, you do see a paper towel laying behind my Applique Pieces. I like to use the paper towel behind my applique for several reasons. It helps to keep my ironing board clean and since it holds the spray it helps in setting the seams.
Start by turning the fabric over the freezer paper and pressing with your iron as you go. The stiletto helps you keep your fingers away from the iron. The spray stays in the paper towel and helps in pressing the seam in place as I work around the applique piece.
As you begin to whip-stitch your applique in place, the points can be worked under with the needle.
Block 18 (Road to Oklahoma) is from Lella Boutique. It has lot’s of possibilities!
Reds and Creams, the two white blocks sewn together could be a 2″ x 3 1/2″ rectangle if you venture to make your block using this particular setting.
Bonnie and Camille – 4-patch center