Wow! What a busy week. Thursday we went to Carola's Quilt Shop in Gibsons Landing for TopStitchers Club. Saturday we were at the Richmond Cultural Centre teaching Fearless Free-Motion Quilting to the ladies of TAGOR, Textile Arts Guild of Richmond.
Thank you ladies of TAGOR, we had a wonderful day.
There was a big snow storm here on the West Coast it provided the perfect backdrop and ingredient for a day of snow dyeing on Monday with my friend Sandbox Sue. We affectionately refer to each other as Sandbox Sue and Sandbox Shelley as you can usually find us dyeing up a storm inside or out, weather permitting, when we are together.
Tuesday I spent a fun day with Brenda, my energetic sewing, knitting, designing buddy. We designed 3 1/2" Courthouse Step blocks on EQ6 and proceeded to stitch some up along with more Bear Paw blocks. We love to work with reproduction fabrics and got hooked on them while gathering fabrics for our Dear Jane quilt...I have 90 Dear Jane blocks finished, Brenda has 200 finished. I have over 280 Bear Paw blocks on my design wall and now a Courthouse Step block...progress is being made. For me it's not about the finished quilt it's about the journey and the friends I meet along the way.
Now for this weeks Things That Work...
Back in the office today to discuss fusible webs. My favourite fusible web is Trans-Web. I love working with Trans-Web for fusible machine applique, as the paper is easy to remove, it comes off the fabric in one piece, it is not sticky, the fabric remains soft and supple and the glue does not clog my needle when stitching. I have had lots of experience with many fusible webs and Trans-Web stands out over all. If Trans-Web is not available at my Local Quilt Shop I will use Wonder Under in a pinch. With Wonder Under the fabric remains soft and supple but sometimes the paper is hard to remove and comes off a little bit at a time. Give Trans-Web a try with your next fusible machine applique project. I don't own shares in the company that manufactures Trans-Web...I just happen to love the product.
If you have questions about how to work with fusible webs or how to machine applique please contact me here or at firstname.lastname@example.org I'm always happy to lend a helping hand.
Next Wednesday I will talk about my favourite sewing machine needles. Until then...