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Saturday, January 29, 2011

In the Studio: Applique Design

Redbud Guild Mystery Quilt

The Redbud Guild is doing a Mystery Quilt.
For those of you who aren't quilters, a mystery quilt
is a quilt you will make over many months. 
Each month you are given new instructions.
You don't know what the quilt will look like
or where the the fabrics will go.
This is the point we are at and that center
area has an applique design.  The called for
design was not my cup of tea so I designed my own.

I start with a sketch.

Enlarge the design on a copier and
check to see if the size is right on the quilt.

I clean up the enlarged images.
I can hear people saying, but Ellen, you
could do this on the computer in minutes.
And yes, I could, but for me there is always
an unbridled joy of putting pencil to paper.

I make templates of each shape.

Trace designs to the paper side of an
iron-on bonding sheet.  Iron on to the
fabric and cut out the shapes, remove paper.

Place in position and heat set in place.
Finish edges as desired.  I'll post an update
on this quilt once we finish the "mystery".

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