Thursday, March 29, 2018

Try a Technique ~ Quilt it Like a Rock Star

Disclaimer:  The fabrics in this post were given to me by Island Batik.
 This is my Island Batik Ambassador challenge project for March ~ Quilt it Like a Rock Star.  

 Our challenge was to try a technique new to us.  I already had the idea for "Quilt it Like a Rock Star" bouncing around in my brain, but I needed to go outside my comfort zone and make it in a new way for me.  I decided to try machine reverse applique.

 I started my project with these super hot pinks from the Sunflower Serenade collection.

 I laid them out in a random order, then pieced them together to make my underlay panel.

 I used old fashioned dressmaker's carbon to trace the design onto the black fabric.  I drew the letters myself in EQ8 ~ this is not a standard font.

 Next I stitched on the outline of each letter using black thread and a small stitch length.

 I carefully cut away the inside of the letters after stitching to reveal the design.

I used Hobbs 80/20 batting and quilted echoes around the words with Superior Thread's King Tut in Obsidian.

 For some odd reason, my cats were extra attracted to this quilt.  I normally do a much better job of keeping them off my works in progress.  This is Trail Mix. She follows me everywhere ~ my own personal stalker.  You can see the green backing fabric I used in this photo.  It's an older Island Batik fabric I had in my stash.

 Close up of the letter R.  

Hanging out on the garden fence.  

I can honestly say after trying reverse machine applique, that I'm not a huge fan.  I do however, like the results.  This is going to hang in my studio somewhere.  I'll have to make room for it.  A pattern for this quilt will be available later this year so you too can "Quilt it Like a Rock Star".

Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful Today.

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  1. Fun! I am also not a fan of reverse applique, but like paperpiecing, sometimes you get the result you want and have to buck up and do it!

    1. So true, Linette. I do like the results. Have a super day!

  2. Great project, and the result is like a rock star!

  3. Looks good and you nailed a new technique.

    1. Thank you so much. Although it wasn't my favorite technique, I'm already thinking about other projects I can use it on. It's good to try new things. Have a super day!

  4. Ditto, It's a fun project. I just purchased EQ8. Oh baby, I have a lot to learn

    1. Thank you Dena. EQ8 is a blast. Do the lessons for a great start. Have a fabulous day!

  5. I'm glad the result was such a fun quilt for your studio that you are happy with. :) Reverse appliqué might not have become a favourite, but it never hurts to have extra skills and you've done a great job.

  6. This is terrific and learning a new technique is a good thing. They don’t always become our favorite, but they are there when you need them!