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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Welcome To The North Pole

I am posting a little progress on the class we have been running using applique designs from this book: Welcome To The North Pole.

In the first lesson participants learnt how to "build" their houses from fusible web before fusing them onto the backgrounds in strips.
This time participants learned how to use the free-motion foot on their sewing machines for the applique.

Everybody's strips look so very different, I just had to show you some inspiration.

Next lesson students will learn to machine quilt the strips and join them.

The very last part will be EMBELLISHING!! yay!!

Everyone's work is just stunning.

We are very lucky to be able to share these images with you.

All participants own a copy of the book from which the images have been taken.

Next time we will see even more strips fused and appliqued on. I just can't wait.
Let's get these quilts made before Christmas!!


Kerri said...

I am doing this quilt too by fusing. I was wondering if you are stitching around each small piece or just around the whole fused piece? It seems too difficult to go around each small piece and I was thinking it might tear up the pieces. What are you using for thread? What are you using in the bobbin? Thanks for showing this. I just love this pattern.


Bizarre Quilter said...

I made the class sample by fusing, then free-motion machine applique around each shape twice to secure it in place.

The fusible web we sell (doesn't really have a brand name) stood up to this treatment without tearing.

I loved using good quality rayon machine embroidery thread (such as Madeira or Raiman)when I had it to match or complement the colours. It adds sheen to the quilt.

Otherwise I used 100% cotton threads, Signature is my favourite and they make variegated threads too, or a metallic thread with a leather machine needle (very large eyes).

I used cotton in the bobbin at all times. Different brands of sewing machines have different preferences.