Cute Quilt-As-You-Go Appliqué Monsters
When everything you love about fusible appliqué meets the time-saving benefits of quilt-as-you-go, the results are bound to be big! The fun and ever-popular Wendi Gratz shows you how to save time by bringing the two worlds together, all on the way to a cute, kid-friendly monster quilt.
Wendi Gratz spent 20 years in the children's book industry before teaching herself how to sew her first quilt. She hasn't stopped quilting since. Now spends her time teaching, sewing and designing beginner-friendly patterns that anyone can make. You can find out more about Wendi on her blog, ShinyHappyWorld.com.
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Meet Wendi Gratz and learn the benefits of quilt-as-you-go and why it's the perfect choice for your appliqué quilts. Then, stay tuned as Wendi shares tips for choosing fabric that breathes life into your monsters. You'll finish this lesson by creating a fun quilt-as-you-go block.
Pick the right fusible for your project and start preparing your monster pieces. Wendi then moves on to steps for safely and securely fusing your monster onto the block. You'll even learn how to take control of your topstitching for smooth outlines around your monsters.
Don't camouflage that cute little monster! Wendi goes deeper into the world of fabric, for smart choices that won't hide your work. Want to speed up your strip piecing? Try your hand at a strip-pieced quilt-as-you-go block, before you discover how to create a log-cabin design in this speedy style.
Give your monsters more expression and dimension with any of three different eyeball variations. And for a playful layer in your blocks, Wendi demonstrates how to create flappy pieces such as tongues. The lesson ends with techniques for pieces that make perfect arms or hair; you'll even learn how to make curly hair!
Add specialty fabrics to your appliqué for a unique look and feel! Wendi then helps you safely incorporate fur and fleece without fusible adhesives. Plus, find out how to stabilize and incorporate delicate fabrics such as satin and lamé without all the fuss.
Create quick quilted sashing strips to use when joining your blocks. Then, tackle a faux sashing alternative that frames blocks beautifully, before Wendi moves on to picking the perfect backing. Class ends with a fun sashing technique that makes it look like your monsters are escaping from their blocks!