Monday, September 7, 2015

Back-to-School Blog Hop -- A Rose by any other Name

It's my turn, it's my turn... and I have been enjoying all the information that has been shared so far. How about you?

My topic today is Fast-Piece Applique, and in case this is the first time we are meeting FPA is a method of constructing a quilt top that looks like applique but is really piecing and makes stitching circles and curves a breeze.

Back just before my 3rd book came out I had shared a how to YouTube video. Since then I am always asked for the rose pattern used as the sample, and finally today you'll find it by clicking here.

It was a lot of fun to put this small quilt together recently and get to finish it off so entirely different than I might have back when the video came out.
So, I hope you grab the pattern, then copy it to freezer paper and try it for yourself.

I started with silks -- what color to make the rose? Pink, yellow, red, white, purple... so many to choose from.


then came picking the fabrics for each pattern piece:
then prepping the fabrics.
Next, I chose pairs and stitched them all together just like in the video, and then on to stitching set in pieces like the one below. (there is a piecing list noted on the pattern)

 
 
 
 
Trimming everything as you go along is important, so remember to lift the paper and trim close to stitching on the top.
 

Fast-Piece Applique is one of those methods that can be used to create almost any type of quilt easily, and also be mixed with other traditional construction methods. In my latest book, Mandy Leins and I teamed up to stitch up the rose in an entirely different way -- the roses were actually not stitched but glued. Then Mandy did her stitching magic to pull it all together into a fuzzy, fantastic quilt.
If you like the idea of simplifying designs, and mixing it all up, then you'll want to leave a comment below -- then, next week on 9/15 you may be the winner of one of two e-book copies of Fast-Piece Applique I'll be giving away.


and while you're clicking and commenting don't forget to check out all the other Blog Hop stops along the way!

Sept 1: Peta Minerof-Bartos of PetaQuilts
So, Does that Diagonal Method for a Pieced Backing Really Work

Sept 2: Cheryl Sleboda of Muppin.com – The Quilter’s Knot
Sept 3: Teresa Coates of Crinkle Dreams – The Importance of Pressing
Sept 4: Cath Hall of Wombat Quilts – Color Coding for Paper-piecing
Sept 5: Sam Hunter of Hunter’s Design Studio
How to Calculate and Cut Bias Binding

Sept 6: Melanie McNeil of Catbird Quilt Studio – Credit where Credit is Due
Sept 7: Mandy Leins of Mandalei Quilts
How to Keep a Perfect 1/4” Seam Between Different Machines

Sept 8: Rose Hughes of Rose Hughes – Fast Pieced Applique
Sept 9: Megan Dougherty of The Bitchy Stitcher
The Care and Feeding of the Domestic Sewing Machine

Sept 10: Lynn Krawczyk of Smudged Design Studio – Make a Mobile Art Kit
Sept 11: Susan Beal of West Coast Crafty – Log Cabin 101
Sept 12: Sarah Lawson of Sew Sweetness – Zipper Tips
Sept 13: Jane Victoria of Jolly and Delilah – Matching Seams
Sept 14: Jemelia Hilfiger of Je’s Bend – Garment Making Tips and Tricks
Sept 15: Ebony Love of LoveBug Studios – Curved Piecing Without Pins
Sept 16: Misty Cole of Daily Design Wall – Types of Basting
Sept 17: Kim Lapacek of Persimon Dreams – Setting your Seams
Sept 18: Christina Cameli of A Few Scraps – Joining Quilted Pieces by Machine
Sept 19: Bill Volckening of WonkyWorld – The Importance of Labels
Sept 20: Jessica Darling of Jessica Darling – How to Make a Quilt Back
Sept 21: Debbie Kleve Birkebile of Mountain Trail Quilt Treasures
Perfectly Sized No-Wave Quilt Borders

Sept 22: Heather Kinion of Heather K is a Quilter – Baby Quilts for Baby Steps
Sept 23: Michelle Freedman of Design Camp PDX
TNT: Thread, Needle, Tension

Sept 24: Kathy Mathews of Chicago Now Quilting Sewing Creation – Button Holes
Sept 25: Jane Shallala Davidson of Quilt Jane – Corner Triangle Methods
Sept 27: Cristy Fincher of Purple Daisies Quilting – The Power of Glue Basting
Sept 28: Catherine Redford of Catherine Redford – Change the Needle!
Sept 29: Amalia Teresa Parra Morusiewicz of Fun From A to Z
French Knots, – ooh la la!

Sept 30: Victoria Findlay Wolfe of Victoria Findlay Wolfe Quilts
How to Align Your Fabrics for Dog Ears

October 1: Tracy Mooney of 3LittleBrds
Teaching Kiddos to Sew on a Sewing Machine

October 2: Trish Frankland, guest posting on Persimon Dreams
The Straight Stitch Throat Plate

October 3: Flaun Cline of I Plead Quilty – Lining Strips Up

63 comments:

  1. I love your technique! It is fun and so methodical it makes it easy to get it right. Thank you, Rose!

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  2. A rose with different fabrics......hmmmmm, I know I have pink satin and cotton, I wonder what else I could dig up?

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    1. I love it when a plan starts coming together. Enjoy the digging!

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  3. Lurv it! Always a treat to see your artistry in motion!

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  4. Love the cover of your book! So pretty!

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    1. thanks Marianne -- quilt was inspired by a walk on the beach in the Caribbean.

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  5. I would love to try this! Thanks for the inspiration.

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    1. I love sharing and encouraging inspiration -- and hope you enjoy this technique for years to come

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  6. I'd love to learn more about your methods. Beautiful quilts!
    llamance@hotmail.com

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    1. thanks Lynnette -- I travel and teach often, and also teach Fast-Piece Applique as a class at adademyofquilting.com -- hope you find a way to join in soon

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  7. I was just thinking about making a quilt on the theme of "I'll be up like a rosebud, high on the vine..." and your email popped into my mailbox!

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    1. must be fate -- hope you share the quilt once you get it going!

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  8. My mind is spinning as I consider the options for using this technique. It's new to me and having just watched and saved the video in my playlist, I know I'll be attempting it in the future. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. it was a technique worth sharing, and I hope you can put it to use soon -- thanks for your comments

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  9. I love what you have done and my brain is going so fast it isn't true. I never thought it would be this easy and if I don't win an e-book I will definitely get one by hook or by crook. Thank you so much for sharing. Pxxx

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    1. so glad you like what you've seen so far Patricia -- it only gets better!

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  10. What a neat technique. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. love sharing -- thanks for checking it out!

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  11. I have just started experimenting with applique will have to give this a try. Thank you

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    1. Tina -- remember it really lets you piece in a way that looks like applique -- and totally enjoy it!!

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  12. Thanks Rose! I have yet to try it tho I do love your work. PS Don't send anything to the gmail- I never check it. Use reenainchina at yahoo. Good luck everybody!

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  13. Your video makes this technique easy to understand. I would love to give it a try.

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    1. Let me know how it goes Moe! Thanks for watching and joining in the Hop!

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  14. This is so exciting! I love machine appliqué, but can't wait to try this!

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    1. go Jill! Let me know how it works out for you!

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  15. Ingenious. Even I can do this.

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    1. chuckling -- I know what you mean Abby -- even I can do it, too!

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  16. I want to learn this technique. Next I will watch your video. Thank you for presenting this in the Back to School Blog Hop.

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    1. this hop is a lot of fun and definitely informative -- so glad to be part of it all... enjoy all the stops!

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  17. Very interesting technique. I will definitely have to try it

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    1. thanks Hildy -- hope you enjoy the process

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  18. I usually stay away from applique but your method sounds a lot easier than most. Would love to win the book and learn how.

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    1. I worked and worked on this because I am not a 'A' girl but needed those curves. Enjoy!

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  19. This is a new technique to me and I can't wait to head over to watch your youTube video. Thanks for sharing!

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  20. Wow, great fabrics and technique. Thanks for sharing. It's fun being in the Blog Hop with you!

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  21. Beautiful, I love the colours you've chosen and the technique.

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    1. In the end Jackie I chose colors that I thought I would see in a 'peace' rose -- love them, the color and the scent!

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  22. Interesting g method. Would love to try it.

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    1. thanks Judy -- hope you find time try it and let me know how it works out for you

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  23. Thank you for introducing me to an applique method I might actually manage!

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    1. you are most welcome Gloria -- thanks for going along on the Back to School Blog Hop ride

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  24. My son wants a series of topography style map quilts. This method will do the trick. Thanks.

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    1. yes -- it definitely will Meg -- sounds like a lot of fun!

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  25. I've always wanted to try this! Looks so easy!

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    1. now is the perfect chance to give it a whirl... hope you have fun!

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  26. I am trying different styles/types of applique, as I found out the fusible applique does not hold up in a quilt that may need washed, frays too much for my liking. I will try your method, thanks.
    cork@pa.rr.com

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    1. it's great that there are lots of options to choose from -- hope you enjoy trying out Fast-Piece-Applique

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  27. I'm definitely intrigued by this method. I don't quite "get it" after reading through this just once. I'm going to read through it again and watch the video. Hopefully, I'll have it figured out then. I'd LOVE to win an e-copy of the book. Thanks for the chance.

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    1. I'm sure it will come together for you Beth -- and good luck for the upcoming drawing!

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    2. I watched the video and re-read your post. It is perfectly clear now. Thanks Rose.

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  28. Very interesting! I would love the e-book.

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    1. just one more day to selecting the winners!

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  29. I really need to check into this further. It looks so interesting.

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  30. Oh wow, that is very clever! I'm so glad I'm taking the time to stop by all the blogs on the hop, even if I'm a little late. Great work, Rose!

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    1. thanks Bill - and I have to agree with you about stopping by all the blogs on the hop -- really great ideas being shared this month!

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  31. I love the books I have of yours, and didn't realize you'd also published another two of them. I already have the Exploring Embellished and Dream Landscapes books, but then until today I didn't even know this site was yours, so I'm feeling a bit behind the times. :) I'll definitely be picking up your other two books, Thanks for the great post about your technique.

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