It’s all about the details!

It’s all about the details!  That is what I learned in Sandra Leichner’s class when I attended TESAA last month.  This is the block we worked on in class.

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Sandra’s quilts have an almost life-like quality to them, thanks to the incredible details, which include embroidery with just a single strand of thread around berries, fabric paint and choosing the perfect fabrics.  You can see Sandra’s beautiful quilts here.

I like to use Ultra-Suede for really small, intricate shapes, like  calyxes. I purchased some packages of Ultra-Suede from Faye Labanaris, one of the wonderful merchants at TESAA.  Check out her website here.  If you have any question at all in regard to using Ultra-Suede, make sure you take the time to watch her video. It may just be the best 10 minutes of your day!!  Of course, I would have liked one of everything she had for sale, however, I played it safe and chose a green package and a gold package.  Each piece measures about 3″ x 6″.  As you can see, you get a lovely assortment in each package.

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When using Ultra-Suede,  simply cut out around the shape (no seam allowance is necessary).  I stitch it in place using the same applique stitch I use for “normal applique”.  Don’t tug your stitches too tight or you will end up with “dimples” around the edge.

I started to think about what I learned in Sandra’s class and thought I might try embroidering around the calyx, just to give it a more “finished” look.  So, I used just one strand of embroidery floss close to the same colour as the Ultra-Suede.

This is a picture when the Ultra-Suede is just glued in place.

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This is it after it is stitched with thread.

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And, after the embroidery.  See?  It really is about the details!!

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As you can see, I have been plugging away at the border of Friends of Baltimore.  I am working on one side of the border at a time, just to make the stitching a little more manageable.

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And, I am working away (slowly, but surely) on Rita’s block.  I have an awesome plan for this block!

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Til next time…

Kerry

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Back from TESAA!

Where does the time go?  I have been back from The Elly Sienkiewicz Applique Academy for almost a week, and I am still overwhelmed.  It is so hard to get back to my normal routine!  I am happy to report that hand-applique is definitely alive and well.  I am actually going to go out on a limb and say that hand-applique must be on the upswing, judging by the amount of first time attendees at the Academy.

The first class I took was with Rita Verroca.  Not only is she super-talented and willing to share everything she knows, she is the one of the nicest people you will ever meet.  Check out those cowboy boots!

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This is a quilt designed by Rita.  It is called Album of Roses.  As you can see, Rita has a unique style of choosing fabrics that make her quilts stunning and one-of-a-kind!  Yes…it is hand-quilted!!

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This is a picture of the quilt block we were working on in class.  It is part of an ongoing series of blocks Rita is designing depicting early American history.

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This is what I have accomplished, so far.

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There are some really teeny, tiny pieces in this block!

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Til next time…

Kerry