Where do my pattern names come from? Finding a pattern name that hasn't been used is quite a challenge. In some respects it is easy. I can just open my internet browser, type in the name such as "The Iris Quilt" and I can see if any patterns already have that name. Invariably there are several. I solved the problem by adding a family member's name or a friend's name to the quilt name. "Leola's Irises" is a unique name. Once I got started I continued to use proper names even if the quilt name was unique. It became a way to honor my family and friends. By the way, Leola was my mother.
Skinny, Skinny Stems
We have all seen them. Skinny, skinny stems. They are beautiful and they invariably pull oo's and ahh's from all who see them. We also usually find them intimidating. We are sure they must be difficult to make. I've placed a ruler on the skinny stem below along with a thimble to give you an idea of proportion. This skinny stem is just 1/8" wide. Actually I've made them even narrower. The Beginner's Class will see a demo of the making of a skinny stem the QuikPrep Applique way. The intermediate class will actually make a skinny stem. The students I have taught this to thus far have all said it was the easiest of the techniques that I teach. Almost all were successful the first time. You won't know if you will join this club of successful appliquers unless you come to class to learn the trick. I hope to see you there.
Remember Your Knots
Don't forget to learn the two knots that we will be using in class. These knots will not be taught in class. You will be expected to learn them before class.
1 - fat quarter of light colored tone-on-tone fabric (could be a good quality muslin) scissors 1 - spool size 40 or 30 light colored thread 1 - spool size 40 or 30 dark colored thread Pins #2 lead pencil 1 - Size 5, 6,7 or 8 needle (should easily take the size 40 or 30 thread)
Each workshop participant will purchase a $20.00 kit. You will receive the following in the kit: (All classes) 1 - Spool taupe silk thread 1 - Packet needles 1 - Pattern (varies by class) 1 - Applique turner (orange stick) Class handout
This is the last of my introductory newsletters. It won't be long until we are climbing into our pickup and heading your way. See you soon.