Monday, May 18, 2015

Liquid Stitch and Applique

Back in 2009 I had a short post about Liquid Stitch and applique.  Since then I have continued to work with it and finally I am going to publish a pattern where it is the primary method used in the quilt contruction.  Hand applique is still my preferred method of applique because I thoroughly enjoy the relaxation that I have while doing it.  I love the look of hand applique and when I use machine applique I still like that look.  I feel that all my patterns can be used with any applique method and that everyone should use the applique method that they like to use.  The quilt that I am working on is an ABC quilt that has 13 appliques that are found in Hawaii.  But all can also be found else where.  It will be a cute childs quilt.

Back to Liquid Stitch.  I dilute it some so that it soaks into the fabric a little better and it is then easier to work with.  By covering the very edge of the fabric it almost eliminates any fraying while you stitch.  I have only had a few threads that have come loose while stitching.  When it is dry it is soft enough that you can hand applique it or machine applique it.  In this quilt I am doing raw edge applique using a blanket stitch but I have also used it in applique with turned under the edges.  More later when I have the quilt completed.

Applique is applique is applique.  Use the method that you enjoy because there are no wrong methods there are only many right methods.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

At the machine today!

Today I am working on my second Sunny Gecko wall hanging.  This one has a darker background so that it looks more like the ti plant is in a group of plants.  The gecko now seems to be hiding among the leaves.  I think I like this coloration better than with a light background and I wonder what you think!!  The gecko doesn't stand out as much but they don't when they are looking for insects to eat in nature, so maybe it is a little more natural.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Sunny Gecko - New quilt pattern

Aloha everyone!  Just hot off the press is my newest pattern, Sunny Gecko.  This is a delightful small wall hanging of a gecko sitting on a colorful Ti leaf waiting for its next bug meal.  We have many geckos in Hawaii and the green day glo geckos are quite colorful.  The red spots on them vary from individual to individual.  They seem to love to come into the house and leave little presents all over.  Why can't they stay outsiede where the bugs are??   This is a picture of the first one that I made.  If you check my website you will see it computerized in a different colorway which I think will be stunning! 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Seahorse World

My new Hawaiian applique pattern is done!!!  Seahorse World.  Four seahorses hanging around the ocean floor among the sea grasses and coral.  I love this square wall hanging that is small enough that you don't need a big wall for it.
 I made this 36" square but you can widen the border easily and it would look great.  Go for the width of the fabric that you choose for your applique.  I had a beautiful yard of hand dyed fabric that I wanted to use so that is why mine is 36" square.   It has been a while since I took time to do this much hand quilting and I forgot how much I really enjoy hand quilting.  It is so peaceful and relaxing!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Brightly Squared - latest quilt

I have just finished another quilt using my pattern Brightly Squared.  This is such a nice pattern to put together.  In this quilt I used one tropical fish fabric for all the bigger squares.  This quilt was to remind me of looking into an aquarium, maybe the white should have been another blue!!  Since I am having such fun playing around with this pattern this will not be the last time I show you a quilt where I used this pattern.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Beaded Butterfly

My pretty little butterfly.  I beaded this butterfly up and it is ready to sew on to a purse.  The design of the purse has not been decided the ideas are still in my head.  Just another way to use one of the butterflies in my Butterflies For Amy Two pattern.  This purse will go along with me for showing to my class on the Stitchin' Heaven cruise that I am teaching on in Sept.  I will be on a plane to Vancouver in three weeks!!
Now for the finished purse.  I didn't use a pattern, just started cutting and sewing.  It probably would have been a lot easier if I had used an actual purse pattern!  But it works.  I put a pocket on the back and a divided pocket inside.  There is also a zipper under the flap.  It is all ready to go on the cruise.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Butterfly Tote Bag

I just finished making myself a new tote bag.  Since I will be teaching Butterflies for Amy Two on the Hawaiian cruise in Sept.  I put a butterfly on the tote.  It is a really big tote which will be perfect for me to carry most of my class needs.  There are two small pockets on the sides, one deeper than the other and three pockets inside.  It should be perfect for my trip!  This is not a pattern.  I just improvised as I went along!  I wouldn't want someone to critique the construction!!