Welcome, friends, to my stop on the Fast Piece Applique blog tour! If you love fun applique projects with curves and layering, yet don’t want to have to fiddle endlessly but still get great results, do I have a book for you: Rose Hughes has a new book out called Fast Piece Applique. You can see the piece that I quilted in the banner above (can you tell I’m excited??)! I’m honored and excited to do this, because Rose is a wonderful friend who constantly is offering support and encouragement to me, and gentle pushes to work on my art on my quilting journey, and she offers to her students the same warmth and encouragement.
I first “met” Rose when I emailed her two years ago to ask if I could get her permission to write about the Fast Piece Applique technique that I was using for a bespoke quilt. My customer really wanted an appliqued quilt with a large Tree of Life, yet the budget needed to be kept reasonable. I knew there just had to be a way to do this applique on my longarm, and so I started poking around for different techniques that would allow me to create a detailed piece, and that is when I found Rose! The rest, they say, is history: Rose and I became good friends, and I have made several quilts and taught my version, adapted for the longarm, in my Craftsy class, which is geared for creative and nontraditional techniques. While I tend to do my projects large-scale on the longarm, it is a technique I feel is easily adaptable, with pretty much no limit to what you can do.
The top I quilted for Rose uses a variety of washable techniques using water soluble threads and white glue, which she outlines in her book. The result is a large top that hangs together and which can be loaded on the longarm or quilted on the domestic as a single cohesive top! The finished result has fun frayed edges, which I love because I love multiple elements of texture.
For the Blog Tour today, Rose has some pretty great things she’s made for y’all. For each stop on the tour, she’s provided a free pattern for a Valentine’s Day heart, with a word on it, and she’s picked a word for each of us that she thinks resonates.
My word is “leap”, and it couldn’t be more perfect. When I think of “leap”, I think of my quilting journey, and how I’ve taken a deep breath and just jumped so many times, wholeheartedly. You can find the free pattern here (link to PDF)!
…or as Love Pillows
BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE! I am happy to tell you that you can win your every own e-book of Fast Piece Applique by Rose Hughes by leaving a comment below. Just tell me what project you’d try with this awesome technique when you leave it! I will leave the contest open until 9 PM EST on 1/16/2015, so a solid week.
To learn more about Rose and her book, and to find the other PDF patterns for the Valentine’s Day hearts, make sure to visit the other stops on the blog tour!