|The Good Shepherd|
require certain fabrics, but my patterns can be made with an endless variety of fabrics and colors.
In the quilt above, I chose a green batik with leaves sprinkled all over the background. I took the blues and purples that were in the batik and used them for the shepherd's clothing and for the scrap border. I could just as easily have used altogether different colors. I try to repeat the colors found in the busiest fabric. To demonstrate this, I am using pieces prepared for applique. They are not sewn down and details have not been added with embroidery (such as the lamb's face and the fingers). I am just setting the pieces on different fabrics straight out of my stash - without even ironing them. This is often how I develop my color schemes. If I decide that it would look good except for one element, I can change that element and see if it works better. All this can be done before sewing anything down if you use my freezer paper method. (There is a tutorial on my website under "Getting Started". (Many people are familiar with freezer paper applique, but usually in their method the paper is ironed to the wrong side of the fabric. Note that in the method I use the freezer paper is ironed to the RIGHT side of the fabric!) I did not invent this method, but have no idea where I learned it. I just know that it works really well and makes applique easy!
Here is a "sample" of what it might have looked like in reproduction fabrics in softer colors. Because I have a black shepherd's hook I chose to add a black and white checkerboard border. I would probably chose to embroider the verse in black instead of blue.
I could have chosen to use a more feminine color scheme with a pink paisley background. I used the same pieces, but changed the headband to a checkered one. I used a large check in the border. I still like the idea of the verse in black. I love the contrast of black and pastel.
But what if you really like the look of the batik with the leaves? How about using a "solid" green batik and adding leaves with rubber stamps and acrylic paint? I have done this and it works beautifully. You need to iron it to heat set the paint after it dries, but it will withstand many washings. (If you have ever gotten acrylic paint on your clothing, you know that it doesn't wash out easily if allowed to dry!) Don't attempt to get solid areas of paint. Batik is not solid. There are areas in batik where the color is very subtle.
How about those of you who are afraid to hand applique? Did you know that you can chose to sew them on by machine? With this method, the edges are all turned under, so there will be no fraying after washing. You can use a tiny buttonhole stitch to go around the figures and sew them down by machine. Or you can choose a tiny satin stitch, although I find this takes longer than hand sewing!
I often find that what I planned to use does not look as good as I thought it would. Setting the pieces out like I did above gives me a chance to make changes early on before I have put a lot of time and work into the project.
So....have fun with your colors. Use colors YOU love. Use up fabrics that have been sitting on your shelves. Then let all of us in blogland see what you've done!
Hi Linda, I have posted about your new line of patterns...COME have a LOOK SEE! :)ReplyDelete
Love your work...and the post!
I'm visiting from Lana's blog. What beautiful patterns. Your work is incredible!ReplyDelete
love this can hardly wait to purchase and am placing orderReplyDelete
Love this pattern! Is this one available yet? Perfect gift for my mother.ReplyDelete
This was my favorite... I came over from It Seams to be SewReplyDelete
Hi Linda, I popped over from Lana's blog. I've seen your photo by comments on her blog many times, but I never checked out to see if you had a blog of your own. I'm so glad she shared your talents with us. My favorite of your quilts is Grow Old Along with Me. I also like the Three Blind Mice for a child's room.ReplyDelete
Hi, I am visiting from Lana's blog. I love your patterns. The 3 blind mice made me laugh and the rainy day girl was great. It reminded me of when my children were little and we would put on the boots and go outside and splash in the puddles. They loved it. I am a new follower and enjoyed reading your posts.ReplyDelete
Oh your applique is amazing.. I am a new follower now.. I love your pattern Jesus loves the Little Children SO much.. I will have to save up for it.. and make time to make it.. (It is on my list :) LOL ).ReplyDelete
I've just come over from Lana's blog. Your quilts are beautiful. It's very hard to choose a favourite. I just love the Good Shepherd.ReplyDelete
Hi Linda -- Love the graphic designs! The Shop Hopper is adorable. Whenever my daughter's best friend has a baby, I'll have to get your cowgirl and/or cowboy to make as a gift. So cute!ReplyDelete
I came over to visit from It Seams to Be Sew.ReplyDelete
Billie in TX
I was sent over from Seams to Be So. Love your work!ReplyDelete
Lana from Seams To Be So sent me over. Love your patterns.ReplyDelete
I am now following your blog.
I'm visiting from Lana's blog. Your patterns are wonderful. I especially like the Shop Hopper. What a fun wall hanging for a sewing room.ReplyDelete
I've always loved hand applique and have just learned some simple machine applique. Your patterns are lovely and artistic-thanks for sharing them with all of us. p.s. I'm here from Lana's blog and I'll be back!ReplyDelete
Linda, I hopped here from Lana's blog to see your quilts and they are just amazing. I especially like your Good Shepherd and Rascal Rabbit quilts. Your talent is truly inspiring!ReplyDelete
Have a terrific week.
Lana sent me and am I ever glad she did. I LoVe your patterns. Children of the world...and who's been eating my breakfast are just 2 of my favourites!ReplyDelete
I've just arrived from straystitches!ReplyDelete
I love this pattern and I'm off for a look around!
Your work is STUNNING! I am very glad I hopped over here from Stray Stitches blog!!ReplyDelete
Hi, I am visiting from straystitches. Your patterns are adorable and whimsical! Love The Shop Hopper!ReplyDelete