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Date: 11/20/12 7:59 AM

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Santa's Workshop by Riley Blake

I fell in LOVE with this fabric as soon as I saw it! About the same time I saw MSQC's tutorial for a circle quilt, so I thought it would make a great one!

I got a charm pack and a layer cake, and realized the fabric is even CUTER in person, AND the pre-cuts will NOT work out for me in that pattern. So me and my inability to narrow a design down, I couldn't decide WHAT to do, so I ordered some yardage of my favorite prints hoping for inspiration.

Got that in and STILL had a terrible time deciding on a pattern, I LOVE this fabric and wanted to make sure I was using it as best as it could be used. I still had the circle applique in my head, so the only sure thing I had was "applique". I realized I needed different background fabric for applique, that was what I didn't 'bond with' on my current (weak) design, so I ordered MORE yardage. (Hubby will NEVER know how much I spent on this quilt!)

Fabric sat on the shelf for months. Christmas is coming! Ugggg...decided I prefer the cute fabric in a quilt vs sitting on my shelf, and then I found pictures of the CUTEST Christmas appliques! YES! Finally HAPPY with the appliques, not just circles but Christmasy things!

I kind of sort of have an actual quilt planned out, well at least I have the appliqued squares planned out. I need more to make it bigger, but I will worry about those after the appliqued ones are done.

I am highly doubting it will be done for Christmas, I have a quilt to make for my daughter's boyfriend also. But I don't mind because at least the fabric is not sitting on the shelf anymore!





album of progress so far:
Doodlebug Christmas
-- Edited on 11/20/12 8:01 AM --

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Date: 11/20/12 9:18 AM

How cute! I have yet to try applique. One of these days I plan to.....probably after I do a Dresden quilt. :)

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Date: 11/20/12 10:11 AM

That is going to be absolutely adorable!

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Date: 11/20/12 10:15 AM

yes I concur, love the christmas tree applique

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Date: 11/20/12 10:56 AM

Very cute fabric!! This is going to look fantastic!

You did a great job on the appliqué!! The lines are so even!! Can you give any tips on appliquéing? My flower on my denim quilt that I appliqued didn't turn out as well as I hoped---but that's ok---you cannot tell it from afar!

Such a fun piece! Thank you for sharing!

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Date: 11/20/12 12:20 PM

C n B -

I love both the fabrics and the appliques. I want to try my hand at applique. Since you're obviously good at it, could you suggest a good basic applique instruction book or website I could take a look at?

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Date: 11/20/12 12:35 PM

Boy did this come out beautiful! Your work is impeccable, and the fabric is too cute.

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Date: 11/20/12 4:50 PM

Quote: Honeybee
Very cute fabric!! This is going to look fantastic!



You did a great job on the appliqué!! The lines are so even!! Can you give any tips on appliquéing? My flower on my denim quilt that I appliqued didn't turn out as well as I hoped---but that's ok---you cannot tell it from afar!



Such a fun piece! Thank you for sharing!

This is my first big applique project. I have done some small things and hand applique, but never appliques so big!

What I have found to work best so far:

#1 Misty Fuse! LOVE this stuff!

I cut a piece to fit my fabric, put it on the wrong side, put both on the teflon oven liner, fold the liner over it, iron, let it cool. The fabric peels right off the teflon liner, fusible now attached to the back and any excess just wipes right off the teflon! No sticky stuff on the iron. I just ordered another teflon sheet because this one is getting beat up! I got 2 so I can lay one on top without having to fold it over onto itself anymore.

#2 Stabilizer!

Don't be tempted to skip the stabilizer! I have in the past, thinking the fusible stuff would be enough, and ended up with tunneling on my backing fabric. Stabilizer solves that! I do not have a favorite yet, I am too new to using it. I used some that was not-adhesive on the tree, so I used a fabric glue stick to hold it down. I will NOT be using the glue stick again. I hate gooey sticky stuff and it was gooey sticky when I took the stabilizer off.

So far these are the only 2 things I have done differently from my past attempts, and it is working well!

Can't say enough about the Misty Fuse and teflon sheet! For the ornaments that have a layer of fabric on top, I put the ornament with the misty fuse already on the back of it onto the teflon sheet, ironed the little bit on, waited a second for it to cool, and it just peeled right off the teflon so I could put it on the background fabric!

The other thing I did differently this time was use the applique stitch on my machine instead of the normal zig zag. I can NOT! believe I didn't even realize the machine HAD an applique stitch. DUH!
Less fiddling this way, easier to adjust.

Forgot! Little SHARP applique scissors and small SHARP! straight scissors.
-- Edited on 11/20/12 4:53 PM --

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Date: 11/20/12 4:51 PM

Quote: Kippysan
I love both the fabrics and the appliques. I want to try my hand at applique. Since you're obviously good at it, could you suggest a good basic applique instruction book or website I could take a look at?



Kippy

Not really, I think Youtube is the best source, just type in machine applique!

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Date: 11/20/12 5:01 PM

2 newest! Not fused to the background yet. The round ornaments still need to be decorated!




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