Are you excited as I am about seeing all these quilts and sewing projects this week in anticipation of Quilt Market? Audrey Yeager here today to share two quilts using fabrics from Blend and lots of DecoFoil™ products, too.
First up is a quilt using the Affinity Collection Fabrics by Jessica Gonacha Swift.
At first glance of this collection, I immediately thought of fall and felt the teal is a great contrasting color to the greys, yellows, pinks, and orange. And I thought adding a bit of Gold DecoFoil™ would really add some sparkle and glow.
First, I ironed on some Heat N Bond® Lite to the back of the fabric, so that I could adhere it to my white background. Then, I added iCraft® Deco Foil™ HotMelt adhesive to the TOP of ONE fabric so I could later add my gold foil.
I found a leaf cut file from the Silhouette American store and used a fabric blade to cut the leaf shapes from the fabric. Since there were 9 leaves, and each leaf had 9 segments, I cut 9 different pieces of fabric and just mixed them up to get a more scrappy look.
My background white blocks measured 12"x18". I creased them down the middle lengthwise and arranged my leaf segments around the crease and ironed them on. Note that the paper for the Deco Foil™ Hot Melt Adhesive was STILL ON the fabric segments that were going to receive the Gold Deco Foil™. If you added the gold foil first and then tried to iron the piece on, the gold would have have the sheen to it as it would melt in with the adhesive. So it is important to iron on your applique pieces FIRST and then add the Foil.
Once my pieces were ironed on, I removed the paper from the fabric pieces with the Deco Foil ™Hot Melt adhesive and applied the gold Deco Foil™. Then I appliqued around each leaf segment with a zig zag stitch and some matching threads.
Finally I added a scrappy border around the edge of the quilt and I basted my quilt with Spray N Bond® Basting Adhesive. I quilted with a loose wavy line in between the leaves. I chose not to quilt over the leaf segments because I wanted them to stand out more.
The holiday figures in each print really stood out to me, and I wanted to highlight them in the quilt. So I went with a classic Economy Block, where the center of each block is a fussy cut image from the different prints in the collection. I alternated the blocks with colored and white triangles on the outside to form a secondary pattern.
Once I fussy cut each center square, I found used my DecoFoil™ Liquid Adhesive and covered many of the little parts in each image: a ribbon, the reflection on the ornaments, the swirls and other shapes in the flowers, and much more.
So I've been bitten by the quilting bug and have been down in my dungeon working on all kinds of projects! It's safe to say that I'm becoming obsessed, just as I have with every other crafty endeavor! I am going to start adding some quilty posts to my blog and make a new tab specifically for quilting and sewing projects.
Anyways, I stumbled across Ms Midge's blog and saw a post about a Cotton & Steel Charm Along. I just happened to have 5 charm packs of Cookie Book sitting in my cupboard that I hadn't cut into yet, so I decided that this was a sign that I needed to!
I sat for a while and thought about a fun design in my head and sketched it out in my notebook.
The first star took me quite a while to make because I was trying to figure out measurements and lining up seams, which was really tricky because I was cutting pieces at a weird angle. I never got them to line up just right, so finally I just decided that the points would just remain off set throughout. Being consistently inconsistent actually makes you consistent, right?
So I've made 9 out of 16 stars. each block is 8" unfinished, which will make each star 22 1/2" across and tall once finished.
I am really loving where this is going and the colors of this line are one of my favorite palettes...that GREEN.....omg I just LOVE IT!
If you find a unique idea on my blog, use one of my sketches, scraplift a page, create something from a tutorial, or Pin a project, please give credit where credit is due and I will be sure to do the same for you!