Friday, September 21, 2018

A New Skill, a New Giveaway, a New Linky

Quilting friends, it’s Friday again, another opportunity to celebrate our fabric-y finishes. I revealed my finish for the week yesterday. It’s called Blaze and features a collection of wonky stars on a background of low-volume loveliness. It’s also my entry into this fall’s Blogger’s Quilt Festival.

A New Skill

When I haven’t been working on Blaze, I’ve been experimenting with a new-to-me technique: reverse applique. Have you tried it? I’ve been consulting the tutorials Campbell Soup Diary has posted on the subject and been referring to the materials from the Penny Sampler class I took with Stitched in Color years ago.

With its gentle curves, this 5.5-inch heart was an easy shape to do ...

But I am also reverse-appliquing 2.5-inch numbers and letters. I used freezer paper and a glue stick to manipulate my first attempt. I think I can make the characters neater, though. A second try will involve featherweight interfacing, starch, and my mini Clover iron. Wish me luck!

A New Giveaway

The giveaway is closed. Janice is the winner!

This Friday is the second Brag About Your Beauties Pageant here at From Bolt to Beauty. To thank all of you for participating, I am giving away a $25 gift certificate to Stash Fabrics!

You have two opportunities to enter to win this gift certificate: (1) Upload your link to the Beauties Pageant (just one link, please!) and/or (2) leave a comment on this post about whatever you’d like (just one comment, please!). Also: If you read my posts through Bloglovin’, click through to my original post to comment.

This giveaway is open internationally through 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Thursday, September 27. The winner will be notified via email, so if you’re a no-reply blogger or comment anonymously, please include your email address in your comment or send it to me at frombolttobeauty (at) gmail (dot) com.

By the way, the winner of last week’s fabric bundle is Alice, aka alidiza. Congratulations, Alice! 

A New Linky

OK, so what have you been working on? Share your finish—whether it’s a quilt top, quilted project, or something else created at your sewing machine.

The pageant rules are simple:
  • Post your finish in the linky tool. (No links to your own giveaway or linky, please!)
  • Point your readers back here with a text link or use the button at the top of the post.
  • Visit and comment on other participants’ finishes.

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  1. I have not tackled reverse applique myself yet. I think the numbers look great, but I'll look forward to hearing about how your next ones turn out and what you recommend.

  2. This is one technique I have yet to try! I believe in November our guid will be having a demo on it though! Thank you for the link up!!

  3. This is a technique that I need to try. Thanks for sharing with us.

  4. Hi Michelle! Reverse appliqué. Hmm, that is not something I have tried or even heard of. It looks like you basically cut out the shape to reveal the fabric below. Do you think you might blanket stitch around the opening like you would on a regular appliquéd piece? Just curious - that is my favorite part about doing the usual technique. I look forward to hearing more about this and how you do! ~smile~ Roseanne

  5. I love the fun colors in your Blaze quilt.

  6. I love that quilters I follow are always challenging themselves and trying new techniques. I’ve not tried reversed applique (and have done only a tiny bit of regular applique). It goes on my list of things to try! Take care, Mary.

  7. I don't have a finish (yet!); just started an EPP mini quilt. I'm not very swift, however, so maybe I can post a finish in about 2 months! :)

    Shine on!

    1. Good for you! My attempts at EPP have bombed; it's just not for me. But I'm rooting for you and your mini finish!

  8. I've never tried reverse appliqué. Working on some paper piecing to finish a quilt top and get it off to to the quilters. grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

  9. I have not tried reverse applique, but I need to. I love yours, they are so neat and crisp!! Great job!!

  10. So great to push the skills and try new things. My bee blocks always keep me experimenting and I'm glad to have finished and shared them in the Linky Party!

  11. The use of low volume fabrics in your Blaze Quilt gives it the feel of an old quilt - using up what they had to make do. Love this way of using new fabrics in an old way!

  12. Hi Michelle, I didn't know you were doing a linky party. I missed it! I follow you via e-mail so I'm not sure how I missed it! I would have loved to join as I had a finish this week (I hardly EVER do! so I was pretty excited!). Please let me know how often you have your link party and I'll be sure to participate when I can. :)

  13. I have just discovered this link up and I'm excited to see the projects. Hopefully I will be able to join in with a link next time! I have signed up to follow your blog so I don't miss your future posts.


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