Wednesday, February 24, 2010

What's Up Wednesday! February 24, 2010

This week I have been playing with quilting techniques and paper. I have appliqued fabric to paper in layout featuring my daughter. I have also appliqued paper to fabric on a pouch I made for my Copic markers. I'll try to post that tomorrow when it's done.

To applique the fabric to the paper, first plan what you want to do on scratch paper. You can draw it yourself or check out ideas from quilt magazines, books, or online. Next, fuse a lightweight pellon interfacing to the back side of the fabric. Trace and cut out the shapes from copy paper or freezer paper. Use these shapes as a pattern to cut out the shapes from the fabric. I used a glue stick to hold the fabric pieces in place while I stitched them down. Use a mid-width zig-zag to stitch pieces down. Remember to change your needle before you stitch on fabric again....paper really dulls the needle quickly!

I made some fabric flowers (Check out others from my "12 Days of Christmas Projects" back in December!), but you could use paper or "store bought" fabric flowers.

Have Fun!



  1. Oh would sooooo luv a color class!

    Your video was a hoot where you talked about dropping the sticky on your daughter's face!!! Fortunately, it worked out perfect! She's adorable with the butterfly on her face....looks like it belongs there!!!

    The fabric you dyed is so beautiful! And I love how you're showing some fabric & paper. I haven't quilted in a long while, but used to do some mini quilts when my kids were smaller. My friend who used to be my 'teacher' more or less and get me out of tight jams moved away and then when I'd get stuck....I'd get discouraged so I kind of got out of it. Anyhooooooooooo....I digress....hoping to see your youstream thing on Saturday but my daughter is coming home this dunno. My daughter is going to start applying for jobs in Seattle area!!! Her boyfriend lives there and she's much more attracted to the green & rain of Seattle than the broken pavement and drive by shootings of Gary IN where she teaches for some strange reason!

  2. I Love this Laura, my MUM, and Grandmother loved to sew and quilt, my mum being the eldest, and loved to knit and cook got those jobs, ... My aunty Mum's sister, got to sew. In those day, families were 10 - 15 kids. They had to make do with what they had, thats were I have come from. Thank YOU, U have helped me TREMENDISLY!!!!!, cause there is going to be a time we will need it!!!!

    Arohanui XOX

  3. I just saw you video on the Tall Envelopes, It was awesome! How do you come up with such great ideas?? You are a paper inspiration to me. I am a new scrapper and I love all the wonderful things that I can create with paper. Thanks so much for sharing with all of us! Keep up the great work.

  4. I love this project, I saw the YouTube, and you always make things look doable. our little girl is precius, god bless.