Broken Leg Applique

Broken Leg Applique

Easy “Broken Leg” Applique
I consider myself a “piecing quilter “, not an applique quilter. But when you are desperate for a project and can’t get out of bed…You acquire new skills. I must say this is not the first time I have broken a leg and the last time I did , my good friend Amy, who is an amazing appliquer,told me that  now that I couldn’t get away from her, she was going to teach me.   So now I will teach you! There are amazing tools and helps out there, but not having them ,shouldn’t stop you from doing what you need to survive! and to survive I need to SEW!

Start with an easy picture..A coloring book works nicely. Make the lines darker so that you can see through it to trace. This is because we don’t have light boxes in our beds!

Coloring book page

Coloring book page

Also lightly trace it on to your background square as this will help with the placement.

Then trace each individual part on to scrap paper.

Trace all pieces

Trace all pieces

Then you have your children, grandchildren, or husband gather up scraps of fabric and put them in a bag by your bed.
Then you want to choose the fabric you want and using your paper pattern you trace around it.

Scrap Bag!

Scrap Bag!

I do have an applique board that my husband made for me that makes the tracing so much easier. To make the applique board, You take a piece of fine grit sandpaper and glue it to a piece of wood. This becomes your drawing table and holds the fabric in place making it easy to trace.

Easy to make applique board

Easy to make applique board

You trace your entire piece and cut out about 1/4 inch on the outside of the trace line.

Trace around piece

Trace around piece

Now comes the fun part…since I don’t keep freezer paper in my bed, I don’t use it and I also don’t have an iron so we finger press.

Finger press

Finger press

Take your cut piece of fabric and fold it on the traced line and press down with your thumb nails. Do this all around the fabric. Having this edge finger pressed down will help with the sewing.

Lay your fabric pattern down on the background fabric and loosely pin in place.

Loosley Pin

Loosely Pin

Choose thread that matches your applique fabric and bring up your thread out through the fold.

Needle turn and sew

Needle turn and sew

Use your needle to fold under the 1/4 edge. Bring you needle up thru the fold of the fabric and STRAIGHT down to anchor the stitch and continue sewing. So you fold, bring needle thru the fold, straight down and anchor and come back up thru the fold . You stitches should be about 1/8 of an inch apart.

Stitch

Stitch

I generally start placing pieces from the bottom and work up, or inside and work out. And after awhile you will have a completed applique.

Finish it up

Finish it up

Another Disappearing nine patch…

Another Disappearing nine patch…

Okay, so the truth is out.  I LOVE the disappearing nine patch.  I have been raving about it like a crazy woman in the shop.

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Seriously, is this not the BEST boy quilt you’ve seen in a while!?!?

Another thing that I just adore is when someone I have talked to about it, brings  back something she’s made and shows off her quilt top!  Those things combined equals the best.day.ever!!  ;) This amazing lady (who chose to conceal her identity :) ) has already made two of these quilts.  (yes, I said two..and I think she’s planning on a few more!)  Her first was with the Soiree charm pack (Lila Tueller) and it was so darling!  Well, I just about had a fit when she brought this quilt in…..using our new Micheal Miller fabric and some bright Moda fat quarters!  I love how BOY it is….and how bright and fun it is!  Thanks Mystery Lady for stopping by to give me my very own show and tell!!

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Me and the disappearing nine patch = Best Friends

So, thanks again for stopping by to say hi and don’t forget to sign up for our giveaway…..and join us in the forums!!

{I promise we don’t bite…not too hard anyway!}

May Giveaway Day!

May Giveaway Day!

We’ve all enjoyed a little Sew Mama Sew and we thought we’d share the love by participating in their May Giveaway Day!

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I’ve been hard at work
making these fabulous cupcakes designed by Sandi Henderson!

They are so fun!

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I couldn’t resist making myself one so they wouldn’t all have to leave me!
I think everyone needs a happy spot like these for their sewing room!

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This is the star of the cupcake show today!

With a little of Sandi Henderson’s Ginger Blossom, and some of Amy Butler’s Daisy Chain, how could you go wrong?!

On to the details -

  • The contest goes until May 31st
  • To enter all you need to do is leave us a comment!
  • If you want more chances to win go join up in the forum and start chatting!  How much easier can it get?
  • You will get one extra entry for every comment you leave, from now till show time on the 31st!
  • You will get 2 entries for every New Topic started that gets people talking! Plus an entry for every comment in your Topic!

So as you can see I’m dying to give away chances for this prize and you’ll get those chances simply for talking!  So leave us a comment and swing on over to the forum and let us know how you feel about quilting or whatever it is that you want to talk about!  Chances are someone else wants to talk too!

KC Star fun!

KC Star fun!

I’ve been having a great time working on the Kansas City Star Quilt!

This is a quilt pattern that is provided free through the Kansas City Star newspaper on a monthly basis.  They do a new one every year and the patterns usually have a historical link of some kind.  I’m really excited to see the new blocks each month.  I’ve been using the provided fabrics from the Missouri Star Quilt Company, and watching Amy’s (our resident applique specialist!) sample blocks closely, and working hard to try to stay at least close to on time! Hahaha!  I’m already two months back since the May block just came out :)

These blocks are done in period style fabrics, I’m thinking it would be pretty cool to see one done in brights just for the fun of it!

This is my January Block

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and  February’s

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and March

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April and May are still in the bag.  :D

I’m working on it, but it’s exciting to know that when I’m through I will have a serious treasure, that would have been quite an ordeal to attempt if I was picking up the pattern as a whole and trying to do it all at once.

Not impossible

I know :) but very intimidating!

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday!

That means it’s time to announce a winner of our Fabric Free for All! Congrats mdmickey! The Beautiful Lake View pattern by Threaded Pear Studio will be headed your way soon!  We know you’re new to quilting, so hopefully this will be useful.  Happy Quilting!

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The prize for this week’s topic is an American Primer Charm Pack.  So come join us in the forum for your chance to win!

If you don’t know what the heck we’re talking about (you’re not alone,) let us explain!  Each week we have a giveaway for ANYONE who responds to a simple question we ask on the community forum.  All you have to do is be part of the discussion and you’re automatically  entered to win.  Add a pic to your post and you double your chances!

For full details about the Weekly Giveaway, click here.

To learn how to register and use the forum, click here.

There’s a new giveaway up RIGHT NOW, so come join the conversation! See you there!

~Misty