Not sure how many of you are interested, but thought I’d share a little about that class I took at the quilt festival and what I learned. The teacher was Sue Nickels, a well known applique quilter who has developed a technique for ‘stitched raw edge applique’ that is very impressive. I shared one of her quilts with you at the Sister’s show. She is a really great teacher, but the most fascinating thing (to me) is that she collaborates with her sister Pat Holly on many of their award winning quilts. Here is a sample of the beautiful work that they do.
I was interested in this ‘stitched raw edge applique’ because of a little quilt project I started. Remember I told you I was fascinated with Marianne Burr’s quilts. Well, her quilts are whole cloth quilts that are painted on one piece of fabric and then extensively stitched. I decided that I wanted to make a little practice quilt to try out some of her techniques. So I just cut out pieces and ‘raw edge appliqued’ them to the background. Even as I did it I knew there was a danger that the way I was doing it wasn’t very stable. Sure enough, as I started hand stitching on them, some of the edging stitches came up almost as if I had perforated the edge of the cloth. Okay, I know I’m losing most of you. Here is a picture of the little quilt I put together, and then a close up of two of the blocks. I think you can see the edge stitching, which is machine blanket stitch.
So, when I saw that this class was being offered at the festival, I thought it might be a useful technique to learn if I decide to keep working in this direction.
Sue is an accomplished teacher. She uses a camera pointed at her sewing machine so all the students can see exactly what she is demonstrating. Cool, huh?
Here’s my little pile of supplies at the beginning of class, including the most important supply–a good cup of coffee!
And the class pattern.
And, my little block.
So, the technique, for those of you still awake, is using a very soft fusible web, cut to 1/4 inch around just the edge of the shape (heart, leaf, etc.) This permanently sticks the raw edge of the fabric to the background fabric, so when you stitch it never ravels. But using the soft web, and also only placing it on the edge makes the quilt still look and feel very soft. Which is what I was trying to achieve by not using the fusible on my little sampler quilt. So it was a very profitable class for me to take.
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Over and out. I’ll be back tomorrow!