Dec 14 10

Quilt for a New Class and Day #4 of the 8 Days of Patsy’s Birthday Give-Away

I’m kind of running out of stuff to blog about during this daily blog give-away, so I’m going to have to show you some pictures of stuff that’s not very far along in process and you might find this stuff kind of boring. Here’s what’s been on my machine bed today:

This is still just a quilt TOP and it’s for a quilt that will be the basis of a new class I’m developing. The whole point of the class will be to introduce quilters to how quickly and easily you can create a fused applique top using dies and a fabric cutting machine. I’ve just barely begun embroidering the edges of some of the applique shapes:

Now you are probably saying to yourself that this top doesn’t quite look like a Patsy-quilt because it’s got fairly subdued colors, and you would be right! I will probably make this quilt (or one somewhat like it) in more saturated colors, but I’m trying this out here. Sometimes you gotta mess around in unfamiliar waters, ya know?

Because I wanted to finish the edges of the heart with a satin stitch, I ironed a tear away stabilizer on the backside underneath the heart. This way, I can avoid any puckering and that finished edge will look nice and smooth once it’s done:

(You can kind of see that I used gold thread to outline those bird wings in the area above the stabilizer.) The heart came out really nicely:

…and so did those feathers inside, except the close-up shot of the feather stitching came out really blurry so you’ll have to wait until the next time I work on this top to see a clear shot of them. Sorry about that!

And as for today’s give away…Have you seen the new 2011 Quilting Arts Calendar?

It’s really very beautiful and has quilts from many great quilt artists like Susan Brubaker Knapp, Maria Elkins (who I actually got to meet earlier this year!), Diane Marie Chaudiere, and many others. This lovely and inspirational calendar could be yours and you can enter the drawing just by posting a comment to this blog. Good luck!


  1. Amy Says:

    What a beautiful calendar! It would look great in my sewing room!

  2. Nina Clotfelter Says:

    This would be a fun calendar to have in my sewing room. Thank you for the chance to win it.

  3. Nancy Sue Phillips Says:

    I love this calendar. I’ll have to be careful where I use it. I may find myself staring at its inspiration, in a daydream and forget to get to work.

  4. Patty Says:

    I’d love to have that calendar in my sewing room. What a great source for inspriation.

  5. carol H. Says:

    Thank you for the chance of another give away.

  6. Robyn Says:

    That’s such a great looking calendar! Thanks for another great giveaway 😀

  7. Barb in MI Says:

    Haven’t bought my 2011 calendar either. Maybe I’ll be lucky to win one from your generous giveaway! Thanks so much!

  8. Karen S. Says:

    I love the beautiful stitching you are doing and the calendar looks lovely. Happy Birthday to you! Thank you for sharing it with us.

  9. Sarita Rogers Says:

    Beautiful Calendar!

  10. Kim Says:

    Who wouldn’t love that calendar?
    Pick me :0)!

    That quilt is gonna be just fantastic…..what a gift!

    Thanks again for a chance to win.
    Happy Sewing

  11. Mary on Lake Pulaski Says:

    I love quilting calendars – such inspiration.

  12. Deb Says:

    Oh I hope the draw date hasn’t passed on this giveaway! I LOVE quilting calendars and need one for 2011!

  13. Monique Says:

    what a beautiful calendar ..I like very much the colors …

  14. Paula Says:

    Thank you for the giveaway and happy holidays!