Tuesday, August 18, 2015

BLACKBIRDS - RAW EDGE APPLIQUE

I am in the middle of doing a class with the designer behind Don't Look Now, Kellie Wulfsohn.

Kellie has opened a beautiful shop in Fairfield called  Cutting Cloth and is running a Raw Edge Applique beginners class featuring her 'Blackbirds' design



It looks easier than it is (well for me anyway).  Going around the leaves three times ensures that you catch in the raw edges, I think I needed to go around a few more times especially on the curves.  Practice makes perfect and by the time I got to the birds and trunk, I felt a little better.


When all the leaves, birds and trunk  are on....phew took a while, then you sew the branches, leaf vein and birdies legs.



Its very important to hold a good tension on the material while you are doing the applique and my new quilting gloves helped a lot. This will ensure that your quilting will turn out without bumps (I hope)


Tomorrow is my last class and we are going to tackle the quilting.  I've been practicing drawing swirls all week and even had a practice on the machine.


I am not so sure how I'm going to get those swirls in between those little leaves?? but I am sure Kellie will hold the secret.  She has been a terrific bubbly teacher and very patient with us all.  Her teaching room is ideal and last week she even had fruit and fudge to try and inspire us......

I'm looking forward to tomorrow and if my project quilting is worthy, I might even post another picture of the finished job.

Bye for now





14 comments:

Christine Barnsley said...

Hello Dawn! How lucky you are to be able to attend one of Kellie's workshops. I love her style and your applique and quilting look great. Are the applique shapes outlined with free motion stitching? Hope you have lots of fun with your last class! Christine x

Christine M said...

You're doing a wonderful job of raw edge applique, Dawn. I was lucky enough to do a class with Kellie when she came to our guild a few years ago. Of course, I haven't finished my symposium piece yet!Your quilting looks good. Much better than mine.

shez said...

Hi Dawn ,wow this looks fantastic and i love your FMQ,you are so clever my friend xx

Linda said...

Dawn how fun! It's looking gorgeous. I have the same question Christine had about are the shapes outlined in FMQ? Glad you are having a good time. Fruit and fudge sounds good. ;)

Helen said...

Wow Dawn it looks fantastic, I am so excited for you. Thanks for posting your progress it has given me more food for thought. I hope you post your finished quilt I'm sure it will be fabulous!!

Raewyn said...

This looks great - it sounds like a wonderful class... have fun with your background fmq-ing, it looks to me like you have it sussed :-)

Donna Spiller said...

Looks amazing Dawn... great job

Seams Sew Together said...

WOW!! This looks fabulous for your first time cant wait to see it finished, its
looking beautiful and your swirls are pretty cute too.

Dasha said...

Your raw edge applique is fabulous Dawn, and I am totally envious of your efforts with the swirls. From where I am sitting they look awesome!

Renee said...

Oh wow! What a gorgeous quilt! It is absolutely lovely.

Debra said...

What a beautiful job you are doing! I would have never guessed you were a beginner. Love this design and all the intricate leaves. Is there a stabilizer behind the applique or are you appliquing through the batting and backing? Great choice of colors!

Diane Sloan said...

These look great...the colours are so fresh. I love the effect of raw edge applique; the more confident you become the more fun it is. Beautiful work.

Cheryll said...

Hope you enjoyed the class... the project looks wonderful. Hugs xox

Jo said...

Good work on your raw edge appliqué and quilting... Looks good

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