By now, I’m sure many of you have already seen the wonderful book called Crafted Applique…….New Possibilities by Lara Buccella.
I was very excited when Lara asked me if I would like to be part of her blog hop, she blogs at BuzzinBumble.
I know I did a the Happy Dance! I met Lara about 2 years ago when she took part in Linky Tuesday showing her zero calorie chocolate chip cookies! She even sent me some!
Today is my day on her month long….actually a little longer than that…blog hop and I have a couple cute projects to share. You will also have a chance to win a copy of Laura’s book so keep reading!
I love applique and like Lara I use a vintage Singer sewing machine. She uses a 301A and I use a 15-91. I normally do free motion applique but I decided to try her techniques and I even used invisible thread!
I am embarrassed to admit that I bought the thread a year or two ago…..and this was the first time I used it! I love it and will be using it again. It has been years since I used invisible thread and it has completely changed since then.
I would definitely classify Lara’s book as a technique book which is the best kind to add to your library.
She really goes into detail on the process she uses to prepare the fabric for applique, tools and supplies, stitching, layout, and more.
There is also a variety of patterns included with the book including this cute vintage trailer. I have had this beautiful piece of butterfly fabric for a couple of years, I actually made my granddaughter a butterfly quilt back in 2011 and thought it would be fun to use for my applique.
It was a little tricky cutting out all those tiny pieces so none of the brown background would show….thank goodness there was no fraying after using Lara’s process. I also had a leftover block that worked perfectly for the background.
Here is a closeup so you can see that I used the invisible thread for the applique. I then put together the backing, a layer of Warm & Natural batting, the butterfly top, and stipple quilted it.
Can you guess what size this quilt is? It is only 13 inches x 13 inches.I decided to try another small project that involved batiks….no surprise to anyone….and a couple Sizzix dies that cut small delicate pieces.
The batik layer cake was included in my Island Batik ambassador box, I can never ever have too many neutral batiks!
I also had some leftover pieces of a orange batik that I used in my Aruba Sunset quilt.
For the applique on this, I used a spool of Superior Fantastico variegated thread and a cream Glide for the free motion quilting. I should have followed Lara’s advice and used a open-toed foot for the applique…it would have made it a lot easier. Note to self….try the open toe foot.
This will make a cute candle mat, it is 9 inches x 9 inches. Can you see the penny I put on it?
- Lara also has a neat process to make your light fabrics less transparent and I’ll be trying that out soon.
- There was no gumming up on my needle while stitching either.
Thank you Lara for a wonderful book! If you would like your own copy of Crafted Appliqué, get it now!
Here is the complete schedule for the blog hop and each and every blog has been giving away a book! Check out all the great projects they have been doing too.
Crafted Appliqué: New Possibilities Blog Hop – May 1st to June 5th
Sunday, May 1 – Introduce the Hop and post the schedule on BuzzinBumble
Wednesday, May 4 – Lorna McMahon – Sew Fresh Quilts
Thursday, May 5 – Mary S. – Needled Mom
Saturday, May 7 – Alycia Carmin – Alycia Quilts
Sunday, May 8 – Amy DeCesare – Amy Made That
Monday, May 9 – Sherri McConnell – A Quilting Life
Wednesday, May 11 – Christina Cameli – A Few Scraps
Thursday, May 12 – Melissa Corry – Happy Quilting
Friday, May 13 – Sarah Craig – Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Sunday, May 15 – Val Reynolds – Val’s Quilting Studio
Tuesday, May 17 – Sandra Walker – Musings of a Menopausal Melon
Wednesday, May 18 – Cheryl Brickey – Meadow Mist Designs
Thursday, May 19 – Judy Murphy – Quilt Paradigm
Friday, May 20 – Yvonne Fuchs – Quilting Jetgirl
Saturday, May 21 – Cindy Pieters – Stitchin’ at Home
Sunday, May 22 – Susie Zlogar – Susie’s Sunroom
Monday, May 23 – Connie Kresin-Campbell – Freemotion by the River
Tuesday, May 24 – Ruth Bourke – Charly & Ben’s Crafty Corner
Wednesday, May 25 – Kaja Zieslar – Sew Slowly
Thursday, May 26 – Ann Brooks – Fret Not Yourself
Friday, May 27 – Cynthia Brunz – Quilting is More Fun Than Housework
Tuesday, May 31 – Jenn Trott-Zisserson – Quarter Inch From the Edge
Wednesday, June 1 – Paulette Horn – The Way I Sew It
Thursday, June 2 – Sandra Jansen – Studio Sew of Course
Friday, June 3 – Christine Sherman – Triangles and Squares