Monday, April 4, 2011
I Love Applique Giveaway
Do you love appliqué? Me too! Whether done by hand or machine, I love the added personality and interest that appliqué gives to a sewn project. Being an artist (watercolors, mostly), I always find myself drawing and doodling, and a quilt just doesn’t seem complete to me until it has some flowers or birds or some kind of motif added. I think almost every quilt design I have ever published has featured some sort of appliqué. It just seems to add so much to the “story” of the quilt design.
And appliqué is not just for quilts- try adding an appliqué to a pillow, table cloth, or give new life to an older garment with appliqué. Vintage clothing is so popular right now- if you have a piece of clothing that has a hole or spot on it- cover up the offending blemish with an adorable appliqued flower or bird and voila!: instant clothing makeover.
I like the process of hand appliqué and I love the look of hand appliqué, but truth be told, I am a very impatient person. I have barely sketched out an idea (let alone actually completed it) before my brain is conjuring up the next project (I know you can relate!) So I am really into instant gratification with my projects, which is why I like fusible machine appliqué- it’s quick and easy and lets me get on to my next project fast. Click here for my Free Fusible Machine Applique Tutorial. (My favorite tip: Don't let your machine boss you around! Don't we all feel that way sometimes- that our machine is in charge instead of us!!)
I am sponsoring 2 giveaways this week. One will be at Quilting Gallery- hurry on over and submit a photo of a favorite appliqué project you have done. The winner will receive a bundle of Fat Quarters from my Sewing Room Social Fabric line and a free pattern (retail value $53.00). (And even if you don’t have a project to submit- make sure you stop by and vote for your favorite!)
The second giveaway will be right here on my blog. To enter, go to my website and choose your favorite quilt pattern featuring appliqué, then come back here and comment and tell me what it is. The winner here will receive 3 free patterns and a pile of other goodies (retail value $45.00). Winner will be drawn at random, you must comment by midnight EDT on Sunday April 10.
You may enter both giveaways. Good Luck and Happy Monday!