Fusible fabric appliqué i.e. Paper-cutting

I taught a fusible fabric appliqué class at Hello Stitch last Sunday. This was the first time I’ve taught this class as a fabric class and not a hamsa or paper-cutting class. I taught the basics of paper-cutting, but everyone did it on fabric. It was a great class. I had 6 students, 5 of whom had never taken a class with me before. Here is my students’ work:






Below is is the hamsa I worked on during class. I was too busy teaching to finish it then. But I finished cutting it out (with an X-acto knife) while watching Outlander on Netflix.


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Really? A hamsa air freshener?


In Mount Vernon, Wa I found this hamsa shaped air freshener. I’m amazed that hamsas have become this mainstream. Not only that, but it has rainbow stripes on it.

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A quilty stone floor


This is the stone floor in a train station in Seattle. The colors were richer than what you see in the photo. I could easily imagine it as a quilt.

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Mini fused fabric class


I taught a one hour class on fusible collage at the Netivot Shalom retreat. I called it, “Fabric Collage without Sewing,” because it was so short, and because it was for people who don’t necessarily sew. I got a nice mix of kids and adults who seemed to be having a good time with the materials. Above is my friend Mindy, holding the challah cover she made. To make the materials easier to manage in such a short time frame, I fused the fusible web to the backs of a variety of fabric before the class started.

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I’m teaching Fusible Machine Applique Aug. 4th

I’m teaching Fusible Machine Applique Aug. 4th at Hello Stitch Click here for more info, and to sign up. Here’s an example:



Aug 4 from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM

At Hello Stitch Studio, 1708 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94703

I will teach paper cutting techniques to make intricate, iron-on fabric appliqués, using Xacto knives and scissors. Then we will practice different ways of sewing the fused appliqués onto a background fabric. Explore the possibilities with multi-layer appliqués.

This is a process class, focused on learning how to cut and appliqué fabric. However it’s easy to turn your class project into a wall hanging or pillow.

Skill Level: Appropriate for everyone from beginners to advanced.

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The secret quilt I’ve been working on

As the EBHQ board member in charge of workshops it is my responsibility to organize and make a group quilt for the outgoing president every year. Since I did this last year, the responsibility shouldn’t have snuck up on me this year, but it did. Somehow I found 13 quilters to each make two blocks for this quilt. Orna (my co- workshop person) and I designed a quilt that incorporates the things that Janet, the outgoing president likes. As of today the quilt is done!! Joan quilted it and Edy sewed on the binding. It’s actually a two sided quilt- Joan had made a donation quilt that was the right size once I added a strip to one side.

Janets quilt 2

Above is the front, and below is the back.

Janets quilt 1


Here’s a detail of the blocks on the front.

Janets quilt detail


Before starting to design this quilt with Orna, I made a list of the things Janet likes in a quilt: Fall colors, muted colors, rust, olive, brown, maroon, indigo, Asian fabric, traditional quilt blocks, not improv. As you might notice, there’s not much we have in common except for liking Asian fabrics and indigo.

I gave the quilt to Janet tonight at the EBHQ educational session, so it’s not a secret anymore.

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Blue and white quilt block

blue and white

My friend Mary loves blue and white china dishes. She usually makes quilts and gives them away. She’s finally making a quilt for herself with blue and white as the only colors. She asked if any of her quilting friends wanted to contribute a block or two. Above is the block I made for her. I was so excited that I had the perfect two fabrics for it, plus the ferns as the medium blue. It’s a modified version of Gwen Marston’s liberated star. This is Mary’s photo as I made it at the last minute and failed to photograph it. The block is symmetrical, but the left hand side is cut off in the photo.

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What I’m working on

photo 1A week ago I taught my circular squares and rectangles class. I chose to make sample blocks in the same colors as last time I taught the class. Now I’ve got enough blocks to start making a quilt. Here’s one layout. I’ve rearranged it several times since this photo.

photo 3


I decided that I wasn’t afraid of partial seam construction. Most of the rectangular holes will need to be sewn with the partial seam technique.

photo 4

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A cape!

cape 1

A little boy that I know just had his 3rd birthday. Back when I had a 3 year old, more than 20 years ago, I made some capes for the preschool auction. At the time, I traced around a cape among the school’s dress ups onto a brown paper bag as a pattern to cut around. The question I asked myself was whether I still had the paper pattern in my sewing cupboard, or did I throw it out? It’s hard to know what size to make a cape for a 3 year old, if you don’t have a 3 year old around, to measure at home. I looked for the brown paper pattern, and couldn’t find it. I had a vague memory of throwing it out. Then I remembered that I had cut out a cape of pirate fabric that I never finished. If I still had it, it would be in my box of children’s and novelty fabric. I found it on the very bottom of that box! I used it as a pattern to cut out two pieces of fabric, one for the front, and one for the back. Although I originally intended for the alef-bet fabric to be the front, I think in reality the orange will be the front. I machine appliqued an “A” on the orange for his name. Orange is his favorite color. The little red square is Velcro.

cape 2

Here’s the other “front.”

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Work from the Circular Squares & Rectangles class

Here’s some student work from the Circular Squares & Rectangles class that I taught at HelloStitch:

imageimageThese are both by the same student. The first is just 4 square blocks, and the second uses both squares and rectangles.

imageimageSame thing. First is 4 squares the second adds a rectangle.

imageimageimageThis is what I worked on while teaching.


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