Sunday, December 18, 2011

Fanciful Flavours! Four Scoops Please.

The centre of the baby quilt takes the same block that I used for the butterflies (see blog post of December 3rd), and turns it into scoops of ice-cream.

Cone Call: Auditioning fabrics for the cones.

Made the cut: Ice-cream cones ready to perform!

Seems French!

A celebration of French fare at our last French class at the Little Sorbonne School. Perhaps not many "Seams" involved in this endeavour, but certainly a lot of "French"!

le menu du jour.

l'etudiants tres gentils.

le professeur extraordinaire! Merci Olivier.

Joyeux Noel!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

"Flights of Fancy" Baby Quilt

Baby Quilt in progress.

Strings of machine appliqued 1/4 circles, fluttering in anticipation. Soon they will emerge as the wings of a butterfly.

Wing segments in a rainbow of colours.

Each piece of fabric is cut into a square of a pre-determined size. Using a template, the applique line is marked onto the wrong side of the fabric. It is then cut into a semi-circle, leaving a 1/4" seam allowance.

A freezer paper template is placed onto the wrong side of the fabric, shiny side up, matching it with the pre-marked line. The 1/4" seam allowance is clipped and carefully pressed over onto the shiny side of the freezer paper, where it will adhere temporarily.

This piece is then pressed onto a square of white background fabric, cut to the correct dimensions, and machine appliqued into place. Next, the freezer paper is carefully removed.

Completed rows of butterflies, getting ready for flight.