Tuesday, April 3, 2012

WIP Wednesday # 12 reverse applique, a new tutorial and a challenge

Wednesday has come again and I have some fun things to share from my sewing studio this week.  I spent some time last week making 4 reverse applique letter pillow covers for my Sister in Law's birthday- which is tomorrow.  I am super excited to see what she thinks of them.  They spell out HOOD because she just bought a new vacation home in Hood River OR, and I thought it would be really fun to have these on her new couch.  I thought of so many other fun things you could do with these reverse applique letters that I decided to make you all a tutorial- It isn't terribly hard, but if you have never done reverse applique then there are certainly a few tips and tricks that might help out.  My Tutorial is Here.  I also got up the gumption to try my hand at a paper pieced Circle of Geese block- thanks to Tartankiwi's gorgeous block she made.  She and I got to chatting about it and I confessed I was scared to try something so challenging, having never one paper piecing before- she challenged me to try it and promised I could do it.  I did try it, an though it wasn't easy it was very gratifying to get that lovely block done- I am very proud of it an think I will turn it into a tiny quilt wall hanging for my studio to remind me to challenge myself to conquer what scares me.  Thanks to you Juliet for encouraging me.  Here are some pics of my pillow covers and my block- I apologize for the wrinkly pillow covers- I need to iron them before wrapping them up- they have been folded for a few days now and are looking a bit crinkled!





My finished projects are the Circle of Geese Block and these HOOD pillows-
In Progess- My first customers quilt- making lots of progress but not done yet.
As Always I am linking to Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday
Also my dear friend and fellow blogger Marisa is giving away one of the aprons from my etsy shop as well as a few others goodies on her blog this week- if you would like to win an apron or are interested in tons of great gluten free recipes please stop by her blog and have a look!  The Food Sensitive Foodie

10 comments:

  1. Oh well done, your circle of geese looks wonderful! I am so pleased that I was able to have a small roll in encouraging you to give it a go... who knows where you'll go next, there'll be no stopping you!!!

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    1. oops! That should be role not roll! Sleep deprivation due to a sick wee boy is affecting my typing ;-)

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    2. Thanks so much Juliet- I have to admit this was my second attempt, the first had one side seam that was a bit too short, but it was all fun and a great learning lesson, the second block (pictured) went together really fast. I have to admit I love quilting more then piecing, so this was a bit of an exercise in patience, but well worth it- and you are right, with this new skill of paper piecing who knows what will come next. You were the only role in my trying this out, so thanks so much for your encouragement!!

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  2. Your Circle of Geese is lovely, and the pillows are awesome!

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    1. Oh thanks so much- both were great fun!

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  3. I love your circle and geese. I've been wanting to make one but I always give up, I think it's too difficult.Well done!

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    1. Oh thanks so much- I have to agree it is a bit tricky- my first attempt didn't go so well, the second time I cut up one of the template sheets and cut out all 4 blocks worth with quarter inch seams added- this made it much easier for me, I also traced the templates on tracing paper, which made it see through and easier to manage, as well as easier to remove the paper- without these extra steps I wouldn't have found success, maybe if you try these things it might make it a bit easier for you as well... hope you give it another go and get it all finished and give yourself a big pat on the back like I did- feels good to conquer it!

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    1. Oh thanks, can't wait to give them to her tonight and see if she likes them as much as I do!

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  5. I love the Reverse Applique pillows, they look really nice. I've bookmarked your tutorial for later use! Beautiful Circle of Geese block, it is one of my favorites!

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