Hey! This is my first official post that I started here on Craftster!
In August I had the good fortune of making my first applique quilt top in 5 weeks due to a class I was in. Its only about 44 x 44 in size, but its got lots of pieces for a first applique. Its Baltimore album style as well with the black as an Amish homage.
That's the finished top. I plan to edit this post once I get the thing quilted, but first I have to learn hand quilting.
The process of applique is the really long (and a little bit tedious) one. You have the freezer paper templates of all your pieces, then you glue the fabric edges down to the freezer paper with washable glue, then you glue it to the background with washable glue, then you sew it, finally you cut out the back and remove the paper. I rather like the results so I am okay with the long process.
These are all the pieces in baggies on my ironing board.
This is the backgrounds with the bias bars starting to be basted in place. I used a cheap white chalk pencil to mark the design onto the front, but I didn't get too mad if I strayed from the 'design' a little bit. I found that the 'really cheap thread' you get in sewing kits worked well for basting, and I didn't have to go out and buy a new or expensive thread.
This is a picture of the book Mimi Dietrich's Favorite Applique Quilts that I got the design from. There were some birds later in the book which I just loved, and so I had to put them on the quilt somewhere, and then to balance the size, I enlarged the hearts on the remaining two sides with my printer/scanner/copier.
Rather than embroider on my piece directly, when I was finished I made a smaller piece to practice embroidery with. Same pieces as before, just my own placement and embroidery stitches that I learned on http://www.needlenthread.com
in the video library section.
I have a blog and podcast and rather than post the process of making my applique quilt, I did some photoshop techniques with it and so came up with the following 'monochromatic quilt'.
Hop over to my blog to see my unique style of thinking about quilting and more info about using photoshop for color techniques. This is podcast post podcast number 2 and I do even more with the colors of my quilt.
Podcast post about quilt and colors: http://scientificquilter.wordpress.com/2009/11/19/1-6-podcast-2-colorful-computer-and-camera-tools/
I will eventually update this thread with updated pictures once I get the rest of the quilt completed. Let me know if its out of line to post a completed top here, rather than a completed quilt (no backing and batting is it really even a quilt?) - I have just been dieing to share it with you all.