I must say I was very impressed with Karen's DVD. It is not easy to be "natural" with a video camera on you and Karen did a wonderful job of conveying lots of great information and demonstrations with a natural presence. If you are interested in Applique, machine or needle turn, and you want to have private lessons....this is the way to go.
Last Thursday on our way to PA I made sure to pack my little DVD player for the car and my new Karen Kay Buckley DVD, Hand and Machine Applique the Karen Kay Buckley Way. I also packed some hand stitching because I knew we would be in the car for 8 hours and I'd be able to enjoy some stitching too.
I had also packed a charm pack and Karen's Perfect Circles and Bigger Perfect Circles templates. While going down the road I managed to cover all but two of the templates with fabric from my charm pack.
When I got home I mixed 1/2 water with 1/2 StaFlo starch and covered the edge of each of my circles
I ironed them (with my Digital Velocity V50 by Reliable....my personal favorite iron...Mr. McSteamy has the Digital Velocity V100 on "his" ironing board!").
Look how nice they all look.....just like Karen said, Perfect Circles.
I snipped the thread and removed the templates (they are heat resistant so you can iron with the template inside).
See how nicely the circle held it's shape?
Then I trimmed the excess fabric off so I can get ready to applique them to a quilt top. The funny thing is none of this was planned. We were packed and ready to leave when I ran back downstairs and saw my Perfect Circles....I grabbed them and a charm pack and ran back to the van. I love to hand stitch so I wanted something to do in the car other than quilting. I was so excited by the pretty circles that I began planning a quilt for them....talk about fun, spur of the moment creativity....now that is a Vacation!
A visit to the Ann Arbor Sewing Center yesterday was an absolute ball.
Debbi, the sewing machine sales woman was so much fun. I never once felt like I was being "sold" a machine. She spent quite a bit of time getting to know about me and what type of features I was looking for without up-selling me features I am not interested in or need. My kind of person for sure.
Hey Alex, check this out! They keep Aurifil in their demo models.....I smiled and told Debi....we just have to get a pix of this .... he's gonna love it. (It does not get me any closer to winning that suitcase of thread in the challenge....but....I'm still dreaming :)
I am the proud new owner of a Bernina 430 with the Stitch Regulator...oh yeah baby! I also got the felting foot....I can do needle felting too. What a wonderful day!
THANK YOU Debi for the help and your time!!! If you go into the Ann Arbor Sewing Center....stop by and say Hi to Debi....she is a neat person. Consider yourself warned about their fabric selection....don't blame me if you come home broke....they carry Kaffe Fasset, Art Gallery Fabrics, M and S Aboriginal Fabrics, 4 walls of Batiks....and so many more....very impressive selections.
But wait...that's not all....Diane and I went into an Estate Sale Shop....the owner does Estate Sales and they also have a small shop in Ann Arbor. While looking around I found this quilt top....made of vintage feed sacks.....doesn't it look nice?
Yep, a proud new owner of a vintage feed sack twin size quilt top too! I feel like a thief because it was marked 20.00. I said the the fella at the counter...."I think this is worth more than 20.00." He said, "I'm selling it for 20.00" naturally I replied, "SOLD."
Now you know where I've been and what I've been up to....why I have not had time to post....So....what have you been up to?