Digital Files now available!

For a while now, I have been getting requests for my patterns to be available in digital format.  The patterns for my quilt, To Everything There Is A Season, has been available in both digital and paper patterns.  You can order single blocks, or, if you are feeling ambitious, you can order the whole set:)

So my next project over the next couple of months or so, is to add all my other patterns as digital patterns.  I have started with The Hummingbird in Flight, and The Chickadee and Purple Violet patterns.  When you purchase these patterns, you will receive the file, which you will then download to your computer, and then print out at home, or take to your favourite copy place and they can print it out for you.  You will also receive a colour picture of the project, a list of fabric requirements, a list of supplies needed, general instructions, and, most importantly, a copy of the templates, which you can photocopy onto freezer paper.  In other words, you will receive everything you would if you ordered the paper pattern. (The templates have been created for Prepared Edge Applique.)  IMG_6920

Speaking of the Chickadee and Purple Violet pattern, I recently did a tutorial on my blog, which shows the construction of this block, from start to finish.  I even showed you how I make a caterpillar:)  The tutorial is actually spread out over 4 or 5 blog posts.  Everything in that tutorial can be applied to constructing any applique block using the Prepared Edge Applique method.  Did you know that the Chickadee And Purple Violet is Block 1 of a series of 13 blocks called “Glorious and Free” that I am creating to celebrate the provincial birds and flowers of Canada?  It’s true!IMG_6911

A few months ago, I started working on Block 2 of this series, The Snowy Owl and Blue Flag Iris, but I got a little side tracked with other stuff (that’s my story and I’m sticking with it!).IMG_8349

And those eyes!  This pattern will be available on my website as a paper pattern and a digital pattern next week after I double check the freezer paper templates.IMG_8350

I started with the irises because I thought they were the easiest place to start.  I traced the pattern onto my background with a Clover water soluble marker.  I like to use the thick marker, but the thin works just as well.  I use Roxanne’s glue to glue all of my pieces onto the background.

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In my next blog post I’ll show you how I constructed the owl:)061

Til next time….

Kerry

 

 

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The Hummingbird

Recently, I have taught The Hummingbird numerous times as a workshop in local shops, and for local guilds.  It is a good teaching block, it covers almost everything you need to know about Prepared Edge Applique.  In the class, most students get the leaves, stems and flowers prepped and glued onto the background.  At the end of the class I describe how the hummingbird is put together, but I think a visual guide will help those who have taken the class.  I think it is also a good tutorial for anyone looking for a few hints about how to put a rather complex design together.  Hint:  It only looks complex 🙂  The Hummingbird pattern is available on my website.  The pattern includes the freezer paper templates already traced, just to make your life easier:)

So here is the block with the leaves, stems and flowers in place.1

The first piece to be glued in place is the “back” wing.IMG_8291 (1)

Now, the row of small wings can be placed on the background, starting at the bottom and working towards the top.IMG_8292

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Next, we can add the remaining feathers, the gray head and white detail.IMG_8296

We are going to add the gray body next, but only apply glue to the seam allowance as shown.IMG_8297

Glue in place, but leave the bottom section open (that is why we aren’t putting glue on that section).IMG_8298

Add the large wing, paying attention to where the seam allowances are lining up shown in the circle (very important!).IMG_8299.JPG

The pink underbelly can now be glued in place.  It is starting to look like something, isn’t it?IMG_8300

So now this is the tricky part.  Lift the gray body up and pin it to stay in place.  I just put my stiletto on top of it.  That works too:)  Now we can start to put the tail feathers in place, starting with the tail feather on the right and working to the left.IMG_8302

As you can see, the last tail feather goes on top of the pink underbelly, and the large turquoise feather.  Then the gray body (the part with no glue on it) goes on top of the tail feathers.IMG_8303

Add  a few dabs of glue and put the gray body in place.IMG_8304

Next we can add the beak and the eye.  The point at the end of the beak is tucked underneath the purple flower.  Easy Peasy!IMG_8305

Til next time….

Kerry

 

 

 

Trunk Show

On Monday September 16 I’ll be presenting a trunk show in Port Perry at Hope Church at 7 pm. I’ll be showing approximately 20 of my quilts, most of them are hand appliquéd. Hope you can join us. I’ll also have my patterns for sale.

I’m making steady progress on the elephant quilt I’m making for our grandson who’ll be arriving in a couple of weeks. I’m hand quilting this gem and loving every moment.

I’m also finishing up my class samples that I’ll be teaching at The Academy of Applique in March 2020. I’ve added a window frame to the Yellow Finches. Love it!

My Scrappy Log Cabin is back from Colleen, who did an awesome job machine quilting this very large quilt. It measures 100″ x 100″!

This weekend Paul and I and 2 of our daughters are going camping at Awenda Park near Penetang. Should be fun! I’ve been busy baking so we don’t go hungry lol

Til next time….

Kerry

Just a quick post…

Hubby and I are heading out for a few days to Stratford, ON.  I am busy packing but I just realized that this is Labour Day Weekend.  That means all kinds of things to different people…school starts back up, Pumpkin Spice Lattes are everywhere and leaves will start changing colour.  Bus, if you are an appliquer, Labour Day Weekend means that you can now sign up for classes at The Academy of Applique!  If you have been scoping out the catalog, you already know that there is a great line up of teachers (if I do say so myself!) and some very interesting classes!  You can view the catalog of classes here.

I have been busy working away on a baby quilt for our grandson, who should be making an appearance around the first week of October.  (Mom is hoping for sooner lol.)IMG_8113

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I am loving the Las Passacaglia journey!  I am using Inklingo to construct mine and I highly recommend giving this method  try:)  This is what my design wall looks like.  Controlled chaos:)IMG_8119

Til next time…

Kerry

P.S.  Have a safe Labour Day Weekend:)

The Academy of Applique 2020 Catalogue is Ready!

Great news!  The Academy of Applique 2020 catalogue is now online and ready for you to drool over!   Registration starts at 12 noon on Monday, Sept. 2 (Labour Day). You can see it here.  If you love applique and have never been to the Academy, I urge you to do so.  This will be my fourth year teaching at the Academy, and it truly is the highlight of my year.  To be surrounded by so many students and teachers that share my love of applique is truly amazing:)

Here are some pics of the classes I will be teaching.  My first class is Southwest Succulents.IMG_7422

The second class I am teaching, which is suitable for true beginners, is called Yellow Finches.IMG_7421

So I have finally taken the plunge and started my La Passacagalia quilt. I am not doing it using the EPP method.  I am using Inklingo and it could not be any easier.  Print your shapes on an Inkjet printer, and use a running stitch to stitch by hand.  Easy Peasy!  Here are some of the rosettes I am working on.  Also, fussy cutting is a breeze!IMG_7462

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This is the back of the rosette above.  You can see the printed lines and my stitches.IMG_7505

Like most quilters, I have a stash of scraps that is not going away on it’s own.  I decided to make Bonnie Hunter’s “Split 9 Patch” and it certainly has made a dent in my stash.  So the idea is to make 168 blocks made up of 2 1/2″ squares.  All was good until I spotted a boo-boo.  On all 168 blocks.  (The square in the top right corner.)IMG_7480

So after an evening of ripping out all 168 blocks, my blocks now look like this. I must confess, “younger me” may have pitched all the boo-boo blocks in the trash, but “more mature me” decided I had too much of my valuable time invested in this project not to have something to show for it lol!  And (according to my calculations), I used up approx 7 metres of my stash for the squares and triangles.  That is quite a dent!IMG_7481

The blocks are stitched together in rows, and I am now stitching those rows together.  Bruin approves!IMG_7911

Have an awesome and safe long weekend, do some stitching and go check out the catalogue:)

Til next time….

Kerry

 

 

The Final Steps for the Chickadee

There is no doubt about it.  Time flies whether we like it or not.  It was my intention to write this blog post shortly after the last post.  I was on a roll!  But, as we all know, life gets in the way and, well, here we are:)  Better late than never.

The first pieces of the Chickadee to be placed on the background are the light tan and dark tan tail feathers (far right in the pic below).  Next, add the dark yellow belly.  IMG_7485 (2)

As I was working on this tutorial, I noticed a small error in one template.  The mistake is in this dark yellow underbelly labelled Y2-1.  The template with the error looks like this….IMG_7484 (3)

It should look like this……Which means the only part of this template that gets prepped is the bottom curve.  Sorry for any inconvenience:)IMG_7504 (1)

So now the next set of tail feathers can be added in this order,  the light tan feather at the top, then the dark tan feather and then the white tail feather.  IMG_7486 (1)

And now we can add the gray tail feather, and the dark tan feather of the next set.IMG_7488 (1)

Next, we can add the final feathers.  You can see that by drawing on the un-prepped seam allowance on all the pieces, things are lining up quite nicely (and stress-free!).IMG_7490 (1)

Next comes the light yellow breast, the black throat and then the white detail.  About that white detail…..IMG_7495 (1)

I always line my white pieces with another layer of white fabric.  This is what I do.  I prep the template piece as usual.  Then I pop the template out and iron it onto another piece of white fabric.  It can be the same fabric or something close.  Next, I draw around it with a blue water soluble marker.  And then I cut this shape out, making sure to cut off all the blue marker.  So the goal is to make this lining piece a smidge smaller than the original prepped piece.

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Now I can take the lining piece and glue it onto the seam allowance of the prepped piece.  And then I glue the entire piece on the background, followed by the black top of the head piece.

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Next I added the beak and the feet.  I have prepped the eye but I cannot find it.  It is here somewhere:)  In my next post, I will show you how I stitch those points.

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Til next time….

Kerry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Chickadee…continued

I mentioned earlier that I had one of my quilts juried into Quilt Canada, which was held in Ottawa earlier this month.  This is the fourth year in a row that I have had a quilt at Quilt Canada:)  Bed of Roses, a pattern designed by Sue Garman, won the Award for Excellence in Applique.  So humbled and so proud all at the same time:)IMG_4047.JPEG

In other news, we have another grand baby on the way (our 3rd).  The gender reveal party was a couple of weekends ago.  Turns out we are having a…boy:)  So much fun!202.jpg

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So…back to the Chickadee.  In my last post, I showed you how I prepped my templates and traced the pattern onto my background.  This is the last photo that I showed.  Hopefully, you are getting the hang of figuring out “which piece goes where”.  It is a skill that comes with experience.  Trust me:)IMG_7033

So now I am going to continue gluing pieces onto the background, always placing the bottom layer first.  For this section you can see I added the purple buds, and the light green leaf in 2 sections.IMG_7150

Next I added the dark green leaf, then bias strip, and then the 2 leaves on either side of the purple buds.IMG_7153

Now I can add the light green leaf, which tucks underneath the purple berry.  So this “section” is now complete (except that it still has to be stitched lol)img_7156.jpg

Now it is time to start adding some flowers.  The flowers are all created in the same manner.  Before I started gluing this flower in place, first I had to add the bias stem.  Remember to glue the background, as opposed to the bias stem.IMG_7155

So, first I place the light purple petal in place.  Then I added the tiny dark purple section.  And then I added the larger purple petal.  IMG_7159

Then I added the tiny dark purple section.IMG_7161

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Can you see the beauty of drawing the seam allowance on each piece?  Now I can see exactly where my last piece goes…and no raw edges!IMG_7163IMG_7164

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This photo shows everything glued in place…except the Chickadee.  Which I am going to go and do right now!  Just a note:  You don’t have to wait until every piece is glued in place before you start stitching.  Usually, I prep a few pieces, or maybe a section, and then I go and stitch it.  I would rather not leave all the stitching til the end.234

Til next time….

Kerry