Category: Quilting

Bias tape for applique stems « Ann Champion’s Blog

I’m happy to report that my back ground fabric has arrived for my Princess Feather applique project and I’ve started the applique! As I was making the bias tape for the stems and vines..I thought I’d post how I make it..just in case anyone doesn’t know how it’s done.
I decided to chuck the brown fabric that was sent with my kit aside and changed it for this green fabric called Floret. I liked the variety of greens in it and thought it would look nice with the greens in my other fabrics. To make the bias for stems and vines first you make a cut at 45*. Once you have the correct angle established you just go along and cut slices from it, lining up your ruler with the edge. I need 1/4″ bias pieces so I cut my strips at 1/2″. This gives you a seam allowance to turn under. Why do we cut it on the bias? Because the fabric...

Roseville Album-top left corner « Ann Champion’s Blog

I’ve gotten the top left corner block done on the Roseville Album. 
I didn’t add anything or take anything away on this one.
The hardest part was getting the lavender ring in place.  It wanted to go askew.
I haven’t trimmed the block down yet.  I still have to trim the side panels too.  I pinned it in place to see how it looked.  The trimming can wait for another day!
I need to get the next block traced out so I have some hand work this evening. 
Tags: Brandon Mably fabrics, hand applique, Kaffe Fasset fabrics, Kim McLean's Roseville Album, Phillip Jacobs fabrics, Roseville Album top corner block

Merry-Go-Round a half hexagon pieced quilt « Ann Champion’s Blog

I fell in love with a pieced half hex quilt that was on the cover of McCall’s Quilting Magazine ..the Oct 2008 issue. It’s called Merry-Go-Round and is a pattern by Sandy Klop. If you don’t have this magazine and you’d like the pattern, you can order back issues of the magazine or it’s readily available from many shops..just type it into your search engine?

The pattern gives you the info to order an acrylic 60* triangle template…but gives a download here on their site for a paper template. I already have a 60* diamond template, so didn’t see any need to order a special template for just this project. I also saw that the one that could be ordered had no markings… which would be useful for lining things up. I downloaded the paper template, cut it out and taped it to my diamond template because it has a line on it for...

Princess Feather applique « Ann Champion’s Blog

I’m just starting the applique for my Princess Feather  project and thought I’d show how I do it..because it’s different from the way I’ve seen anybody else do it?  I came upon this way of doing applique years ago when I was trying to learn on my own.
First, I have to trace the placement of my pieces onto my background fabric. I have a light table, but it’s smaller than this 30″ block and I wanted to see the whole thing as I traced…so I taped the pattern to a window..then taped the fabric, which I had folded and pressed into quarters..lining up the center mark on the pattern with the crease I had pressed in the fabric. I traced where everything went with a fine lined blue wash out marker by Clover.
I decided to stitch the stems down first, so I laid my bias tape on top of the line I traced onto my background. I pin the...

Glass City Quilt Commission show « Ann Champion’s Blog

Every two years the Glass City Quilt Commission puts on a show that’s judged by NQA accredited judges. This is the show that’s nearest to where I live. I try to go each time they have it and have found it to be a very good show, well organized and lots of quilts of high quality. This year I decided to enter some quilts for the first time, just to see how they’d do, for the comments that are sealed and given at quilt pick up time giving a “grade card” of your work and where they think you need improvement, and for the photo op. It’s hard for me to get a good full view pic of bed sized quilts and I wanted them for my records. I thought two of my quilts were pretty good..and the other two, as the maker… I knew they had flaws, but wanted the chance to get good pics so I entered them.
As I entered the Auditorium there were...

Roseville Album block 5 « Ann Champion’s Blog

I’ve gotten block #5 finished.
I wanted the Rose on the right hand side to be a bit darker, so the color placement will mirror what’s going on in the block on the upper left.  The fabric I have doesn’t have a full Rose, so I used two peachy pinks.
Can I let it sit as is? Well…I was already second guessing the two Strawberry shaped pieces in the center.  As I started choosing fabrics for the next block I kept going back and looking at #5.

I’m going to mirror the color placement on block #6 with the block on the left hand side.
I decided to order a piece of the fabric with the darker Rose.  I ‘ll see if fate gives me the full Rose?
I really liked the shape of the urn on this one. It reminds me of a spider.
One thing is clear…I’m going to have to reposition the blocks soon or I won’t be able to get a full pic? 
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Roseville Album block #8 « Ann Champion’s Blog

I’ve gotten block #8 finished.   I added fabric under the urn so the color would show through when I did the reverse applique.
I added a dark red under the three main flowers too.  In Kim’s version she has the background fabric show through rather than having a color.   I added fabric for an opportunity to add a bit more color.
The urn took a long time.  I added the circles on top of the urn fabric rather than doing them as reverse applique.  I can see the dark shadowing through just a bit..so I may cut away that fabric just under there?

Here are the blocks together.  Please forgive the bad photo. The blocks aren’t hung straight.
I started with the fruit bowl block in the center and worked in a spiral out from there.   I found that each block got harder as I went along.
I what order Kim did them when she designed the...

Applique quilts « Ann Champion’s Blog

This block has reverse applique in the urn and one of the flowers. The pattern doesn’t have fabric in the cut out areas of the flower, but…it’s a nice opportunity to add a bit more color to the quilt?
When doing reverse applique,  I baste the fabric that will peek out from the top layer to the background.

I get the size piece I’ll need by tracing the area that will show from the pattern. I draw it onto freezer paper, then cut it out.
I iron it to the top of the fabric.  I add a generous 1/4″  seam allowance to the piece and cut it out.
I lay the piece in the area it will go and baste to the background being sure to keep my stitches near the edge, so I’m sure those stitches won’t show when I do the reverse applique.
With my piece basted down I’m ready to add the base of the flower.
I have the freezer paper template...

Roseville Album block 6 « Ann Champion’s Blog

I’ve finished block #6…twice!
I said I wasn’t going to make changes to anything I start second guessing until I see how it sits with the other blocks.
Block #6 just wasn’t making me happy.
I pinned it up to the design wall and let it sit over night.  By the light of day it didn’t look any better to me.

The center flower seemed too dark..and the center of the flowers on each side of it seemed too close in color?
I wanted the right and left upper flowers to mirror the color of the block on the far left side a bit more.

I changed the fabrics that were bothering me and I like the effect a bit better.
If I could quit changing my mind..I’d be farther along?  LOL
The newer version seems a bit lighter and brighter..and adds in a bit more color?
On to block #7!
Tags: Antique quilt top, block 6, Brandon Mably fabrics, hand...

basting applique « Ann Champion’s Blog

I’m just starting the applique for my Princess Feather  project and thought I’d show how I do it..because it’s different from the way I’ve seen anybody else do it?  I came upon this way of doing applique years ago when I was trying to learn on my own.
First, I have to trace the placement of my pieces onto my background fabric. I have a light table, but it’s smaller than this 30″ block and I wanted to see the whole thing as I traced…so I taped the pattern to a window..then taped the fabric, which I had folded and pressed into quarters..lining up the center mark on the pattern with the crease I had pressed in the fabric. I traced where everything went with a fine lined blue wash out marker by Clover.
I decided to stitch the stems down first, so I laid my bias tape on top of the line I traced onto my background. I pin the...