Machine applique, Quilt Guild, Quilting

Tips, tips – so many tips

Tuesday evening our Guild held it’s annual dinner and we were  treated to a presentation by Barb Robinson.  Barb’s trunk show features many of her beautiful quilts.  In addition she gave us a handout noting her favorite tools, batting, fabric and tips for rotary cutting, piecing and pressing.

One of the quilts in the trunk show features her hand-dyed fabrics.  These were pieced  into 9-patch blocks and then put together with strips of a bold tulip fabric.   Quite a dramatic Quilt!

Hand-Dyes & Tulips

In addition I was interested in the stitch and thread she uses when  machine appliqueing.  The small zig-zag stitch and invisible thread looks like the perfect way to almost invisibly attach the applique pieces  to a background.

Machine Applique

It gave me a good preview of this technique.  I’m thinking that I may finish my autumn leaves quilt the same way.

One of her many tips was how she washes fabric.  I always wash my fabric before it is stored away.  I just like the feel of the fabric after the sizing has been removed.

I’ve always thought that fabric should washed the same way it will be washed when the quilt is finished.  Instead Barb suggests that you run fabric through the a warm rinse cycle only, adding  a Shout Color Catcher with the fabric.  The will ensure that the fabric shrinks and bleeds thoroughly.  In addition, she suggests that you only dry the fabric until it is almost dry; not crisp dry.   This will eliminate the need for ironing.  The material can then be folded and put away.  Sounds like a good idea to me!

There is always time to quilt!
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