Hissyfitz Designs

A Light-hearted Look at Appliqué Quilts by Sandy Fitzpatrick

Machine Applique

Welcome to My Little Corner of the World!

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Teapot stitching If you are new here, I'm glad you found your way to my little corner of the world. I'm participating in a Blog Tour called BERNINA Ambassadors - Telling Our Stories, and today is the day that I get to tell mine. If you are a regular reader of my blog, you may already know a few of these little tidbits but sit back and relax as we get to know each other.

My name is Sandy Fitzpatrick and I am a pattern designer, teacher and lecturer of machine appliqué and free-motion quilting. Sewing has always been a passion of mine and I get no greater joy than teaching and sharing my techniques with others.

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I became an official BERNINA Ambassador about two years ago, but I've actually been a BERNINA advocate for almost 40 years! I had previously owned another brand of machine which "gagged" whenever I tried sewing over elastic. Since I was making clothes for myself and my children at that time, it was really frustrating trying to find a "work around" to my stitching problems. When I had the opportunity to sew on and purchase my first BERNINA I thought I could hear angels singing, as all of my stitching issues seemed to vanish. I couldn't believe that a machine could make that much difference in my sewing capability. As Ambassadors we also create great tutorials on the We All Sew blog. Here are a few links to some posts which I have previously written.

Stitch Tape Measure Style

Mantel Cover

Make It Merry Holiday Coasters

Decorative Stitching with the BERNINA Tailor Tack Foot

For years, I made my own clothes and, as my children came along, I made hand smocked outfits for each of my three kiddos. This worked well for a number of years. With two girls and a boy, I would make coordinating smocked outfits for Easter and Christmas along with the normal "church" clothes for the rest of the year. When our son was about four years old, I made coordinating sailor outfits for Easter. On Sunday morning when it was time to get ready for church, my son refused to put on the knickers and smocked shirt that I had so lovingly made. Frustrated, I stomped downstairs and told my husband, "You go talk to him!" About five minutes later, my son came strutting down the stairs, proudly wearing said smocked outfit. "How did you do that?!" I asked my husband. He said, "I told him I'd give him a dollar if he would wear it to church." Let's just suffice it to say that I never made him another smocked outfit.

When my kiddos outgrew these smocked clothes, I had to find another direction in which to focus my sewing. I decided to try quilting, and found my new passion. I began by making traditional quilts, but soon realized that appliqué was more forgiving and I didn't need as many math skills.

It didn't take long for me to realize that I enjoyed creating my own appliqué patterns. When friends started asking me to create patterns of my designs, I realized that perhaps I could turn my fun little hobby into a business, and Hissyfitz Designs became a reality.

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I currently have a line of patterns that are a little outside of the box. I once had a customer tell me that I didn't even know where the box was. Hmmm... I guess I'll take that. Anyway, you may find me vending and teaching at quilt shows throughout the U.S. As we speak, er, I mean type, I am teaching and vending at A Mountain Quiltfest in Pigeon Forge, TN and next week you will be able to find me at AQS Quiltweek in Lancaster, PA.

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I am currently working on new patterns for Quilt Market in St. Louis in May so keep a lookout to find them at a shop near you.

I hope you enjoy learning about the other participating BERNINA Ambassadors on this little blog tour. Simply click on the names below to get a peek at who we are and what we are all about. Remember that if you are looking for teachers for your guild or local shop we have lots of knowledge and enthusiasm to share!

Monday March 20 Lynn Carson Harris Kelly Ashton Diane Doran Melody Crust

Tuesday March 21 Kathy Delaney Christa Watson Mandy Leins

Wednesday March 22 Sandy Fitzpatrick Beth Ferrier Cheryl Sleboda

Thursday March 23 Annie Smith Lori Kennedy Kari Karr Catherine Redford

Friday March 24 Joann Sharpe Cherry Guidry Jenelle Montilone

Everyone loves a little free gift! If you have stuck around long enough to get to the bottom of this post, I have a free pattern for you, just by clicking here.

Stitch it Up!

Enjoy!

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Sometimes a Girl Just Needs a Makeover

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flamingo-new Do you ever have one of those days when you look in the mirror and decide it's time for a little change?

As a pattern designer, we get to make those decisions when it's time to reprint a pattern. This Flamingo Frolics pattern is not new. However, it still remains popular and when I began to run out of the pattern, I had to make a few decisions. Do I keep it in the line, or not?

Since it was one of the first patterns I designed, I decided to give it new life by remaking the quilt in updated fabrics and redoing the pattern completely. It is now much easier for you to create, as all the pattern pieces are drawn out separately and ready for you to trace onto fusible web. There are new instructions and a guide sheet showing pattern placement.

There is a constant swirl of new pattern designs in my head and I'm working hard to have some new ones ready for Spring Market. But, for now, welcome back girlie, good to see you "keeping up with the times"!

Sandy

 

Amping Up the Travel and Stitching

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It's been a whirlwind of traveling, vending, lecturing and workshops the last couple of months and I'm finally able to sit down at the computer long enough to share it with you! In September I attending the AQS Chattanooga show to vend and teach. The show quilts were spectacular again this year and I particularly loved the display of Lion King Challenge quilts made from Cherrywood fabrics. Lion King Challenge

I had the privilege to teach Free-Motion Quilting to an incredible group of ladies and gentleman and it was such a pleasure to be able to teach in a classroom where my favorite BERNINA sewing machines were provided.

 

Chattanooga Free-Motion

 

Free-Motion Fun

The last week of September found me on my annual trip to the beach with my Mom and four sisters. Sorry no photo of us "hot babes" on the beach! This is a trip we have been doing for a number of years and I think this was our tenth trip together. Since we are spread far and wide, it is a great opportunity to get together and "catch up". There is definitely a lot of laughter and fun during our time together.

After I returned home I had a few days to prepare for a workshop and a lecture in Little Rock for the Arkansas Quilter's Guild. Just look at what these wonderful ladies accomplished!

 

Arkansas Quilter's Guild

 

Gorgeous Gourds

 

Lecturing

I traveled on to Benton, AR the following day to teach another Machine Appliqué class to the Saline County Quilt Guild and found myself among another fantastic group of ladies, so eager to learn. Not only did they learn some great techniques to make their machine appliqué easier, on the second day of the workshops we experimented with wire, bleach pens, and all kinds of fun stitches to create texture on future projects with my Amped Up Appliqué class.

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Frog Days of Summer

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All in all, it has been a wonderful few weeks. There is just something to be said about doing what you love and teaching it to others. Nothing better than experiencing the thrill of accomplishment along with an eager student! I hope you are able to spend some quality time with your new creations soon!

Sandy

Stitching Out Loud - Using Your Tailor Tack Foot for Decorative Stitches

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Have you ever started to applique a project and felt that it needed a little extra something to make it sing? Sometimes we get stuck in a rut with applique and continue to use the same stitches, satin stitch or blanket stitch, for the applique process. Why not try something new? We have so many wonderful decorative stitches on our machines and they are just sitting there patiently waiting for you to discover how wonderful they can be! Stitching Out Loud

Occasionally, I like to jazz things up a bit by trying some of those stitches. The process is the same as any other fusible machine applique. Once you have your pattern pieces fused in place, simply stitch along the edge of your applique piece with something a little more fun and exciting. When you are ready to start your stitching, be sure to use a foot that allows you clear visibility. On the BERNINA, there are a couple of feet that I love to use. Foot #20 is usually my “go to” foot because the view of my stitches is totally clear. When you are doing any type of applique you want to be able to see your stitches without any obstruction. Especially when you are using a decorative stitch, you want to be able to see exactly where your needle is coming down for the next stitch so that you can turn a corner or follow a curve and still have your stitches looking the best that they can be.

Read the rest of this article on the BERNINA WeAllSew blog here.

Loving Lancaster

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Last week I was able to spend a few days in the lovely city of Lancaster, PA while attending the AQS show. It was a very busy week with two lectures, teaching a class on machine applique and vending. After setting up on Tuesday we were able to spend some much needed "down time" taking in the idyllic sites of the surrounding area. We love the Central Market which was first established in 1730. It's the oldest farmer's market in the country and has such a great selection of food, flowers, and crafts. Definitely the best baklava I've ever eaten and the tastiest sandwiches on homemade bread! Central Market, Lancaster, PA

As we toured the peaceful Amish countryside we went in search of one of the local covered bridges and enjoyed the sites of a simpler life.

Neff's Mill Bridge 1824

Amish Life

My class on machine appliqué was such a treat. It's always fun for me to be able to show that there really is nothing to fear with appliqué and that it really can be so much fun, almost like playing with paper dolls. The students were a delight and we even had the joy of having an assistant, as Pumpkin the service dog, joined us for the class. Since Pumpkin has been trained to turn on lamps at home by pressing down on a foot control, we did get quite a chuckle as she decided to take a few stitches on the machine, thinking she was doing us a favor by turning on the lights.

Woo Hoo!

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There were some absolutely exquisite quilts in the quilt show....

Celebration

Celebration by Lynne Taylor of Cape Girardeau, MO

The Minotaur

The Minotaur by Marilyn Belford of Caldwell, NJ

Spanish Arches

Spanish Arches by Lenore Crawford of Midland, MI

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Bouquet by Katie Pasquini Masopust from her Paintings in Quilts special exhibit.

Now that the show is over, I'm spending some much needed "grandma/honey" time with the grand girls in NJ. We've managed to work in a few art projects of our own.

Emma's cake

Painting

Create!

Hope you are spending some time creating something of your own!

Sandy

And the Winners Are...

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Thank you to everyone for stopping by my blog during the 100 Blocks blog tour. Five winners were randomly chosen and they are...

 

Debbie Rhodes won a Ha Bum Hug pattern
Karen Thurn won a Cruisin’ pattern
Connie Cain won an Action Jackson pattern
Brenda E won a copy of 100 Blocks Magazine, Vol. 11 which will be mailed from Quiltmaker
Michelle Mullikin won a copy of 100 Blocks Magazine, Vol. 11 from me
Congratulations to all the lucky winners! They have all been emailed and I am awaiting mailing addresses to send out their loot.
I'll be hitting the road again on Tuesday as I head to Spring International Quilt Market in Minneapolis. I have five new patterns that will be debuting for shop owners. You guys already got a sneak peek at two of them, Ha Bum Hug and Flurrious Fun.
I'll be posting the other three designs when I return home. Right now I am up to my eyeballs with lists of things to take to Minnesota!
Hope you all had a great Mother's Day!
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Three Down, Four to Go!

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Emma and her quilt I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “The cobbler’s children have no shoes.” This is a phrase that is well known around our house when it comes to getting something done that is sewing or quilt related.

As a quilt designer you would think that my children and grandchildren would be unable to move in their beds at night from the weight of all the quilts I have made for them, right?! Ha, unfortunately this isn’t even close to reality. My own children do indeed have quilts or wallhangings which I made for them many years ago, before I even started designing quilts. When my two daughters got married, the plan was to make a quilt for each new grandchild as they came along. This worked pretty well for the first couple. Kate received a quilt designed especially for her, which resulted in my Cutie Patootie pattern. Jackson followed shortly thereafter and so did his quilt, which eventually became the Action Jackson pattern.

However, the grandchildren didn’t end there. Both of my girls continued having babies and now I am WAY behind on the quilts. Kate now has two sisters, Emma is five and Claire is two, and Jackson now has three brothers, four year old Gavin, and two year old twin brothers Ryan and Dylan.

It would certainly be easier to accomplish my goal of supplying quilts to each of these kiddos if I could simply go to my local quilt shop and pick a pattern from the rack. However, my girls seem to think that each of these wonderful children deserves their own original quilt designed by “Honey”, and I must admit that I agree with them.

Poor Emma has been waiting patiently for her quilt for several years now. I had been working on it sporadically but just hadn’t set aside the time to get it finished, until recently. The layout is similar to Cutie Patootie except that it is upside down, I didn’t feel the need to “reinvent the wheel” here. The designs inside the blocks are all different except for the monkeys. I’d originally planned something else for that particular block, but one of Emma’s favorite things is monkeys, so I just used the block from Jackson’s quilt instead.

Emma's-Quilt

This summer we had a great time with the grandgirls as they stayed at our house for two weeks while their parents went to Europe. Before they arrived, I had finished the quilt top and had it layered and pinned for quilting. While they were here, I would find a few free minutes now and then to sit down at my machine for some free-motion quilting. The girls knew that I was working on Emma’s quilt and I had promised her that it would be finished in time for her to take it home with her. One day Emma stood watching me as I was stitching away on the quilt and she said, “Honey, can you just stay up all night until you are finished?” Well, that didn’t happen but I was able to have it ready for her by the time she left.

Emma was pretty excited about her new quilt. Courtney, my daughter, said that she was showing it off to her friends the following week and she overheard her say, “This is the quilt that Honey made for me. She’s old, but she’s not dead.”

Ha ha, aren't kids great!

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You Finally Made It!

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I hope you have been having a great time on the 100 Blocks Magazine Blog Tour! I'm glad that you found me here in my corner of the world. I have a little post-it note stuck to my computer screen that says, "I live in my own little world but it's okay, they know me here!" So welcome, sit back and relax and enjoy a few minutes with me. Image

I am excited to have a block in this wonderful magazine once again and hope that you will find it is just what you need to make up something quick for the holidays. My block is called "Shine a Little Light" and it actually has a little bit of special meaning to me as we place candles, just like this, in all of our windows for the month of December.

This block would be lovely if you combined three of the blocks together to make a table runner or even use it to make a mantle cover over your fireplace.

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Since I like to do things a little differently, I'm also showing how you can make a simple wallhanging of a window and add the candles to the windowsill. For a little special touch, I added the moon and a silhouette of Santa and his reindeer flying off into the night.

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If you would like to make a similar wallhanging, I'm offering a free download of the Santa and reindeer silhouette called "Santa's Flight" as a free pdf that you can print out on your own computer. In order to get the free download, you just need to sign up for my newsletter. Don't worry, I only send one out when I have a new design coming out or if I have some quilt related news to share, so your inbox won't be overrun with emails from me. I'll be sending out a newsletter next week with a link for the free download.

Sign up for the newsletter here. newsletter-button I also have a couple of giveaways for you here. You can win one of three of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Magazines, I'll be sending out two magazines and Quiltmaker will mail out the third. I'll also be giving away three of my patterns. To win one of these six prizes, simply go to my website, decide which pattern you would like to win, and then come back here and tell me which one you would like, by leaving a comment below. Six lucky winners will be selected Monday morning and I will contact the winners to get a mailing address.

If you haven't already "liked" me on Facebook, please do so, as that is the quickest way to see what's new in my world. Click here to be added to my Facebook fans.

Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

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How to Add a Flange to Your Quilt Block and Mount it on a Canvas Frame

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16Finished-block Many of my patterns have an additional little design element that's called a "flange". This is actually just an additional strip of fabric in a contrasting color to add a little zing to the design. However, it not only adds that little pop of color but also has a very useful purpose! It allows you to lift up the flange on your finished project to begin free-motion quilting in an area so that no one call tell where you began. After you have done all of your wonderful quilting, you can then end your quilting by lifting up the flange again and secure your stitches underneath. Again, no one will be able to tell where you ended your quilting! AMAZING, I know!

I decided to add a little tutorial on my blog so that you, too, would have the knowledge to add a flange to your projects and give them a little extra personality. The design I'm using is called "Stitch" and can be purchased on my webpage.

The first thing you need to do is complete the stitching on your particular appliqué block.

1Stitch-block

For this block I decided to stretch it over an artist's canvas. I purchased a 12" blank canvas from my local art supply/craft store.

Canvas-back

Since I started with a 12 ½" finished block, I needed to determine how much to trim off the block in order to add the flange and have the block wrap around to the back of the canvas. I wanted my flange to be 1" inside the edge of the canvas so I trimmed my block to 10 ½".2Trim-Block

Next, I cut one strip of fabric 1" x wof (width of fabric).

3Cut-flange

I then placed this on my ironing board in a little pile and added spray starch to it.

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Next, iron this little strip of fabric, wrong sides together, to create a long strip of fabric that is ½" wide.

5Press-flange

Now, cut four of these flange strips 10 ½" in length.

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Line the raw edge of the first strip up with the raw edge of the top of the block and sew it on with a ¼" seam allowance. Then continue to sew the flange strips onto your block. I usually sew the top and bottom on first and then the two sides.

Stitch-flange

When the flange has been added, you need to determine how wide to cut the border strips to add to your block so that it will wrap to the back of the canvas. Center your block on the front of the canvas and measure from the edge of the block to the back side of the canvas and add ¼". My measurement was 3" so I cut two strips of background fabric 3" x wof (width of fabric).

Measure-to-back

I then cut two strips 10 ½" in length because that is the size of my block, and I sewed one border to each side of the block, again using a ¼" seam allowance, encasing the flange between the block and the border fabric.

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Remember to press your borders away from your block each time you sew one on. The folded edge of your flange strip will be towards the center of your block.

Press-border

Now that your side borders have been added you need to cut two lengths from your border fabric to measure 3" x 15" and add these two borders to the top and bottom of your block. When all the borders have been added, it's time to layer your block with backing and batting and do some fun quilting. If you aren't sure about free-motion quilting, you can always do some straight line quilting or cross-hatch quilting.

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After quilting is finished, trim your block to 15" square and staple it to your canvas.

15Staple-to-canvasCenter your block on your canvas and pull the fabric to the back a little at a time and staple with a heavy duty stapler. Start in the center of each side so that you can determine that the block is centered and square and pull the fabric tight. The corners can be a little tricky, so fold the corner up at a diagonal and then fold the sides over it. Then continue to add staples around the block every couple of inches.

What a quick and easy way to give a block more personality. You can also add a flange to an area on your quilt that needs a little extra pop of color!

How to Use an Applique Press Sheet

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Since all of my applique designs are done using the fusible method, I thought a post on how to use an applique press sheet might be helpful. If you like to applique by machine using this method you already know how valuable an applique press sheet can be. I will admit that as I am sewing and working in my sewing studio it usually looks as if a tornado has passed through!  However, I can usually lay my hands on my applique press sheet at any time. It is a tool I can't live without so I always put it where I can find it. The main advantage of this wonderful product is that it has sort of a "teflon" finish to it that allows you to press all the pieces of your applique design together as one unit, let it cool, and then peel it off and place it in the proper position on your background fabric. If you have ever fused a design down, one piece at a time, on your backgound fabric you may have run into issues of it not being centered or in the specific place you wanted, or maybe it wasn't straight and was leaning one way or another!

Hopefully these instructions will help you to understand the process and make your life easier. 

First of all you will need an applique design...

Trace your design onto fusible web, my particular favorite is Heat 'n Bond Lite. 

 

Be sure to leave approximately 1/2 inch between each pattern piece. Number each piece accordingly just inside the drawn line of each piece. It may also be helpful to write the fabric color on each piece along the inside edge.

 Roughly cut your fusible web pieces apart, leaving about 1/4 inch outside the drawn line.

I like to trim out the center fusible area on large pieces so that there isn't a build up of fusible which can make your design too stiff.  To do this, simply cut the center from your fusible web, leaving approximately 1/4 inch from the inside drawn line.  (This is why you label your number and fabric color close to the inside drawn line so that it won't be cut away during this trimming process.)  Be very careful with larger pattern pieces so that you don't distort your design when you begin to iron this "strippy" piece down.

Lay each piece on the WRONG side of the appropriate fabric and fuse.   Be sure to check the iron settings for your particular fusible web as they sometimes vary.

Cut each of your pieces out on the drawn line.

Although my patterns are reversed for you to trace your design onto fusible web, you do need to flip your pattern sheet over and use a light box or sunny window to trace your design on the back of the pattern sheet for the next step.  This will ensure that your design will look the way it should when you are ready to fuse it to your fabric and you can place this under your applique press sheet as a guide for fusing.

Lay your applique press sheet on your ironing board and place the pattern sheet underneath so that your drawn design can be seen through the press sheet. 

Remove the paper backing from your pieces and begin layering your design by placing the piece that is the farthest away from the top down first, lightly press in place.

Continue to add pieces , making sure that no gaps are showing.

When all the pieces have been fused in place, let your design cool and then peel it from your press sheet.

Now lightly press your background fabric down the center both horizontally and vertically. 

This will give you lines to center your design.  When you are happy with the placement, fuse in place.

My favorite applique press sheet is by Bear Thread Designs. It is sturdy and has served me well for several years.

I hope you find this little demo useful and begin your own love of fusible applique!

Quiltin' with Friends

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Our bee recently went on our yearly "bee-treat" and had a wonderful weekend full of laughs, relaxation and sewing! I think we determined that this was our seventh year to go away together (it would have been eight except for the fact that we cancelled our retreat four years ago when I had a skiing accident). Anyway, we always look forward to our time together. For the past two years we have gone to Oak Island and stayed in a gorgeous beach house owned by a relative of one of our members. We waste no time getting machines and tables set up so that we can get down to some serious sewing and quilting.

This year's retreat was also a deadline for a project we had been working on individually. We got the idea from Quilting Arts magazine as they published an article a few months ago asking for small quilts that portray your inner animal. Since these quilts were small, usually 8 1/2" x 11" or something close to it, we figured this would be an easy and fun project. Giving ourselves several months to work on them also helped, however, there are always a few of us who literally wait until the last minute! I must admit I am one of the procrastinators but managed to meet the deadline by finishing my quilt at 11:30 p.m. the night before the reveal! Unfortunately I could not think up an animal that was a procrastinator but did manage to come up with something  that I felt was a close depiction.

 

I decided my inner animal had to be a duck. When I asked my dh why he thought I picked a duck he said it was because I let things roll off my back and don't get too upset about anything. Although that is a pretty accurate description, the real reason is because, like a duck, I may look calm on the surface but underneath the water I'm paddling as fast as I can! When we had our "reveal" moment, the quilts were removed from a bag and laid on the floor one at a time so that we could guess which animal matched which person. What fun it was to see just how well we knew each other.

 

This cute little quilt  belongs to Shirley. She said she had a hard time coming up with just one animal that depicts her so this is Shirley flipping her lid! As you can see it says, "Itz a ZOO in here!" She says that pretty much sums it up with all her ideas just screamin' to get out.

 

 Julianne created this great little quilt of  a Mama Hen. She said she longed to create a cheetah, based on her love of running and racing but she was sidelined from running due to an injury during the challenge time (notice the cheetah shaped cloud). She decided that she is really a Mama Hen with her four chicks around her, who dreams of being a cheetah. The hen is sitting on a quilt that Julianne made, which was photographed and transferred to fabric for use in her little quilt.

It wasn't too hard for us to guess that this was Carol's quilt. We are always accusing her of putting things away and forgetting where she put them. The great thing about this little quilt is that behind every leaf is a picture of scissors, thread, measuring tape or some other sewing tool. She certainly nailed it with this one. Also, notice the question mark above the squirrel's head? That's Carol, always looking for something and as she says, tries things by trial and error! :)

 There was no doubt who this little gem belonged to when it was revealed! Lori is a Hokie through and through and has sewn every bag pattern known to man! Although the rest of us weren't really sure what a Hokie was, we learned that it is actually a turkey. Lori says the Hokie Bird is loyal, studious, loves fall weather and college football, and bleeds maroon and orange. She did a great job on this little bag, the back of it even has turkey feathers for a tail!

Last, but certainly not least, is Tina's lion quilt. She says the traits of a lion are independent, strong, and fiercely protective of family and friends. What a beautiful job she did of collecting just the right brown prints for the lion's mane. It's no surprise that Tina chose this strong and gorgeous creature as she, herself, earned her black belt in karate this past year. You go girl!

We still have one member of our bee who is working on her inner animal. Hopefully Ann will have her quilt ready to post soon.

Gotta Love Machine Applique

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What a great class and a great group of ladies I was able to spend time with in February!  The ladies of the Meherrin Quilt Guild in Emporia, Virginia were such fun and so easy to work with. It's always wonderful to be able to share my machine applique tips and techniques with ladies so willing to learn. We were able to accomplish so much because they were so well prepared and knew how to use their machines! I know this sounds funny but I often have students who come to class with a machine they recently purchased and don't really know how to thread their machine or wind a bobbin. Using my Gorgeous Gourds pattern, these ladies came up with some beautiful fabric combinations.

We also had a great lunch provided by one of the guild members. Delicious chicken, twice baked potatoes, carrot salad, bean salad, and delicious dessert of cherry cobbler all made in their on-site kitchen! It smelled so yummy as it was cooking and was so, so good!

Thanks ladies for such a wonderful day!