Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Applique experts!

The session started with show and tell - and what a lot there was!  Betty set the tone by showing her sampler using blocks from the last three sessions.  The centre is bargello, each end is made of Scrappy Triangle blocks and the borders are curves.  The controlled colour palette makes it all go together well.  Fantastic!

I thnk this was Betty's too.  She couldn't make the middle match, so cleverly added a strip to match the border.  

This one is Julie's, with the beautiful waterfall colours.
 Rachel used a jelly roll, and has made it into this single bed quilt.  She has wadded it already so is ready to quilt!

Julie brought her curves made into this lovely cushion - beauty and utility combined!
 Debbie finished her bargello and has made another!  The fabrics are very muted and suitable for a baby quilt.  She used a variety of fabrics, including some white satin, which she said was very tricky to work with!  (That's why we like working with 100% cotton!)

Here is the back of the quilt - beautifully crocheted.

Hazel is so innovative, and has made her bargello into a Trip Round the World!  She didn't want it square, so added strips at either end to make it rectangular.  Stunning!

Now for the business of the day.  I showed how to use fusible web and anchor it with a close zigzag.  I encouraged everyone to try the technique (especially innies and corners) by appliqueing a heart.  One or two sensible people made a couple - good to get the technique firmly under your belt!  Julie and Rachel decided that they wanted to make small designs for bag pockets.  Aren't they sweet? 

Kate went for the whole design.  What fabulous colours!  She is off to New Zealand for a holiday this weekend, and has decided to blanket stitch round the edges while on her journey.  Good use of time.

Rosemary has used colours which remind me of spring - very fresh and bright.

Margaret had a Teflon presser sheet and was laying her pieces onto it.  She was kind enough to let everyone have a good look at it, and wish they had one too!  The design was rather complicated, but hopefully will give a good result.

Debbie designed her own design with these lovely hearts and flowers.  Beautiful.

I'm so annoyed with myself that I don't have more photos.  Pauline and Emily chose the basket design and nearly got it completed; Hazel used Laura Ashley fabrics for a claasic look; Sian had background fabric which was hot orange - fabulous; Aimee changed the design to holly leaves, poinsettias and a robin.  Such creative people!  Can't wait for show and tell in September.