The Grace Company and Sue Pelland Designs have teamed up to to make a new style of Grace True Grips. I have been using Grace True Grips for many years, I have never found a better product for keeping rulers from slipping when rotary cutting. Cutting curves can be tricky at first, and slipping is a major problem without the true grips. I use them on all my Leaves Galore and Hearts and More templates to keep the tools secure when I am cutting around the curves.
Blog - Tag: appliqué
In the second blog post about Community, I want to talk a little about Online Communities.
An excerpt from Rotary Cut Applique with the Leaves Galore Templates.
Fabric choices for Fusible Applique:
My friend Sherri Noel has just published a new book, "Text It". Sherri and I have been in the same quilt guild for years and have so much in common as quilt designers. When she asked me to make a quilt from her new book and blog about it, I knew I was going to make the "1 Sheep" quilt! After reading all about "Counting Sheep", tell me the one thing that helps you relax before bed in a comment below to enter the give-away! Tag a friend in the comment for an extra chance to win!
So, now that the BOM quilt is finished (and don't forget the big reveal day and sign up for the Quilt-Along is January 1!) what will I work on next? I have so many ideas, but nothing is fully formed and ready to jump right in. No fabric is calling to me, and no fresh idea is nagging at me, waiting to get done. I guess I am in a Quilting Slump!
But I'm terrible at keeping secrets from you! The BOM quilt is finished! It is 11pm and I just stitched on the outer half square triangle border. But I couldn't show you a photo of the quilt, even if I wanted to!
I sew in my basement. The ceilings are very low and the sewing room is very small...and the quilt...well, it's a big one! It is pinned to my design wall, trailing on the floor and spilling over around the corner on a second wall.
Over the years I have been slowly learning how to use the Electric Quilt software This week we installed an upgrade to our EQ software, EQ8. Kari Schell is my EQ expert. I met Kari at CABS, the Creative Arts Business Summit that I went to last year. The best thing about CABS was meeting such wonderfully knowledgeable people. In the last year, my knowledge of drawing appliqué blocks has grown by leaps and bounds with Kari's guidance.
Since it is Christmas time, I want to share this pretty quilt with you! One time at Quilt Festival in Houston, I spotted an antique quilt that I really, really wanted to buy.
Our latest holiday pattern using the Hearts and More templates is Christmas Baubles. This pattern is quick to make if you need a last minute handmade gift.
Wouldn't it be fun to cut circles out of fabrics containing your favorite animals? A kitty tree would be just adorable! Nancy Sullivan, one of my Certified Instructors, made her pretty quilt using bright red cardinals in some of the circles.