The journey to participate in this blog hop has been interesting to say the least… It’s been months since I was first asked by Tammy from Tamarini’s to participate in this event. I was to have my project ready for Fall Market in Houston and because I was in Italy the box took forever to arrive with the fabrics… It was sent via priority mail express, but still for some reason took 3 1/2 weeks to arrive which almost never happens with priority mail when going to US military bases.. It takes 2 weeks for normal priority mail, and 1 week for priority mail express. The only reason it would take longer is if for some reason customs might decide to hold on to it.
During the time that Tammy had asked me, my husband had also been offered the job here in Colorado, so all of a sudden, while waiting for the package to arrive and arranging for movers, and getting things ready to go, I was frantic about whether the package would ever arrive. I had everything ready, my pattern, the cutting files, the embroidery files and all I needed was the fabric to arrive. The package finally arrived a week before the movers were to arrive. I had to back out of doing the project for market, but Tammy said it would be ok to participate in the blog hop, so here I am today with my project. I managed to finish the project just in time for the movers to pack everything up. I had it in a pile of things that were to come with us on the plane, but unfortunately, the movers packed that pile.
Many of you who follow me know the rest of the story, it took our stuff over 2 1/2 months to arrive from Italy and arrive here in my home. I went all that time with just 3 pairs of pants, and 5 tops, with 2 sweaters and no winter coat… All because of the pile that the movers were not suppose to pack. I was so tired of wearing the same old clothes all the time I was actually happy to see boxes fully of all our household goods. I was lucky that my sister had a winter coat that I kept at her house for when I visited the states, thus I picked it up to wear at Thanksgiving.
So, my project comes from artwork I found last year that I fell in love with. I wrote the artist asking for permission to create quilt patterns with it and she kindly granted me permission, so this is my project:
Artwork for this pattern is from LeCoq Design
from her Zodiac Astrology Collection The above is Aquarius from that series
When making this pattern, I decided to try a fusible applique technique with some fusing called Appli-Stick or Quilters Select from Floriani and Alex at The Quilt Show.
The hairy side is fusible, as is the glossy once you remove that paper.
I never found out if it creates a permanent bond, but it does create a temporary re-poisitonable bond which is pretty darn cool.
You draw your shapes on the hairy side of the paper (at least that’s what I did and gathered from the instruction that it’s correct), cut it out, then apply it to your fabric.
You can score also with any sharp object,
just be sure you don’t press so hard you cut your fabric.
I didn’t want to cut all my shapes out first only to have to cut them out again, so I just chose a section with all the shapes for one fabric. (I always separate my shapes to go with there assigned fabrics first)
Get your fabric ready, and “score” the glossy paper side.
I was able to do this with my fingernail, what I had a hard time with was using the edge of the paper to get it to come off, never did get it to come off until I scored inside the shape and then it all came off easily.
put them onto your placement guide, and start to get everything in place.
If you need to move the shape, it’s easy still to lift if off the fabric
I did a test of repositioning and it was still going strong at 4 re-positions.
I will offer this pattern for sale later in February.
There are some amazing projects in the rest of this hop, please stop in and visit each blog and just even say Hiya!!
The Coastal Mist Blog Hop Schedule
1/24/17 Jessica Stewart Izzy & Ivy Designs
1/25/17 Susan Emory Swirly Girl Designs
1/26/17 Connie Campbell Freemotion by the River
1/27/17 Katie Laughridge Live Originally
1/28/17 Julie Stocker Pink Doxies
1/29/17 Linda Pearl One Quilting Circle
1/30/17 Laura Conowitch LC’s Cottage
1/31/17 Cheryl Schenck Unspooled
2/1/17 Marian Pena Seams to Be Sew
2/2/17 Vanessa Fromm Fabric Confetti
2/3/17 Ebony Love Love Bug Studio
2/4/17 Erin Sampson Aurifil