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Quilting the savory garden
Millett, Sandra.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Iola, Wis. : Krause, [2003]

Physical Description:
144 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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TT835 .M539 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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This volume shows how to create a garden-themed quilt using non-traditional machine piecing and hand stitching technqiques. Ten blocks feature flowers, pears, snails, leaves, mushrooms, peppers, vines, a fence and more. The book highlights needleturn applique techniques and gives machine options.

Author Notes

A multifaceted author, quilter, freelancer, and stitchery humor columnist, Sandra Millett has taught and lectured about quilting and judged quilt shows for over 25 years. As she continues her hunt for more fabric stash space in Trophy Club, Texas, she writes feature articles for national quilt magazines and teaches college writing classes. Sandra had a call-in radio show about stitchery for three years and has appeared on television numerous times

Table of Contents

Introduction: Getting Startedp. 6
Getting Started: Introduction and Explanation of Contentsp. 8
Pattern Numberingp. 8
Decide on a Light Source before Selecting Fabricsp. 8
The Importance of Fabric Patternp. 9
Quiltmaking Basics (and a Supplies List)p. 10
Justifying the Ruler and Sewing Machine 1/4"p. 13
Piecing Basics: Seam Allowance Rulesp. 13
Supplies Listp. 14
The Master pattern: A Brief Overview of Needleturn Appliquep. 14
Chapter 1 Hand and Machine Applique, Fusing, and Freezer Paper Appliquep. 17
Deciding on Techniquesp. 17
Transferring Patterns to Fabric: Master Pattern; Vinyl Overlay; Plunk and Pinp. 17
Hand Methods of Applique: Needleturn; Basting; Buttonhole Stitchp. 18
Machine Applique: Fusing; Freezer Paper; Paper Stabilizers; Water Soluble Stabilizersp. 19
Comparison of Stitching Methods: Time Versus Techniquep. 22
Yardage Requirementsp. 22
Additional Thoughtsp. 24
Don't Be Locked into One Method
Combining Techniques Seamlessly
Chapter 2 The Flowerp. 25
Color and Technique Choices: The Basics of Fabric Selectionp. 25
The Background Blockp. 28
Cutting Fabric Patchesp. 29
Applique Fundamentals: Layering Fabrics and Quiltingp. 29
A Word about Beginning and Ending Threadp. 29
The Applique Stitch: Needleturning, Proper Thread Tension; Stitch Length; The First Stitch; Trimming Seam Allowances; A Pinning Option; Points; Large Circlesp. 30
An Easy Option to Create Dimensionp. 34
Additional Thoughtsp. 35
Needleturn Applique
Progressing Beyond the Basics
Chapter 3 The Pearp. 36
Layering Fabrics and Creating Depth and Texturep. 36
Quarter Square Triangles: The 1-1/4" Formulap. 37
Half-Square Triangles: The 7/8" Formulap. 38
Constructing the Pear Block: Hand Piecingp. 39
Piecing the Lower Blocksp. 39
Stitch Length: Needles and Dexterityp. 41
Appliqueing the Pearp. 42
Narrow Stems Applique Directionsp. 42
Points: Two-Color Leaves and Turning Pointsp. 43
Pattern Layering and Reusing the Templatep. 45
Additional Thoughts: Learning to Control the Applique Patchp. 45
Chapter 4 Three Flowers Times Twop. 46
Expanding Needleturn Techniquesp. 46
Encasing Petal Interiorsp. 48
Other Options for Attaching Petalsp. 49
Embroidery of Stamensp. 49
Tight Convex Curvesp. 50
Three Blossoms: A Quilt Block and a Pillowp. 50
Ovals and Circles: Perfect Every Timep. 51
Machine Piecing the Trianglesp. 52
Three Blossoms Pillow Constructionp. 53
Additional Thoughtsp. 54
Still Making Inaccurate Blocks?
Perhaps the Culprit Is Your Ruler, Perhaps Not
Cross Checking Your Techniques and Tools
Chapter 5 Bricks, Snail, Leaf, and Mossp. 55
Choosing Brick Fabricsp. 56
Cutting and Machine Piecing the Bricksp. 56
The Snail--Needleturn Appliquep. 58
The Snail--Machine Appliquep. 60
The Leaf and Moss Appliquep. 61
Metallic Threads and Embellishmentsp. 61
Free Motion Stitchingp. 62
Snails: No More Wall Hangingp. 63
Additional Thoughts: Wash Away Stabilizers and Bobbin Tensionp. 66
Chapter 6 Pots and Shadingp. 67
Making a Flat Surface Look Round or Curvedp. 67
How Many Fabrics Are Enough?p. 68
Concave Shadingp. 68
Appliqueing the Potp. 69
Choosing Applique Optionsp. 69
Free Motion Texturingp. 70
Piecing the Rectanglep. 71
Additional Thoughts: Relaxing While Learning Appliquep. 71
Chapter 7 Onion and Trianglesp. 72
Deciding on Color Placementp. 72
The Onion Topp. 74
Narrow Contrast Bandsp. 75
Layered Master Patternsp. 75
The Roots: Hand Couching and Machine Free Motionp. 76
Using Gradated Fabrics: Order of Applique for the Onion's Top and Bulbp. 77
The Trianglesp. 77
Additional Thoughtsp. 78
Adventurous Use of Color
Color and Form Work Together
Salvaging Your Work Using the Sewing Machine
Chapter 8 Asparagusp. 79
Oh, Those Stems!p. 80
Creating Depth Using Light and Dark Fabricsp. 80
Constructing a Design Boardp. 80
Applying Color Theoryp. 81
Fusing the Stalksp. 82
Leaflets: Fusing and Needleturn Appliquep. 82
Applying a Tie to Hold the Bundlep. 83
Pieced Trianglesp. 84
Additional Thoughtsp. 84
Using Machine Embellishment to Replace Hand Applique
Controlling Fabric Stretch with Various Stabilizers
Chapter 9 Peppersp. 85
Creating Dimension: Fabric Patterns that Accentuate the Applique Shapep. 85
Appliqueing the Peppersp. 87
Stuffing the Stemp. 87
Adapting Patterns for Other Usesp. 88
Making the Tote Bagp. 89
Additional Thoughts: Changing the Tote Bag to Fit Different Requirementsp. 90
Chapter 10 Fence and Daisyp. 91
Marking the Master Pattern for the Fence and Daisyp. 91
The Fence Rails--Machinep. 93
The Fence Slats--Machinep. 94
The Slats--Needleturn Appliquep. 94
Piecing the Trianglesp. 96
The Flower: Applique When It Crosses Two or Three Blocksp. 96
Constructing the Fence Pillowp. 96
Additional Thoughts: Options for the Patterns and Wearable Clothing Caveatsp. 97
Chapter 11 Pea Pods and Vinesp. 98
Laying the Pattern and Assembling the Blockp. 100
Pea Pods, Applique, and Stuffingp. 100
Vines: Cutting and Appliqueing the Stemp. 102
Points to Rememberp. 104
Dragonfly: Wing Options, Machine Embroidery and Appliquep. 104
Additional Thoughts: Using Portions of a Designp. 104
Chapter 12 Assembling the Top and Quiltingp. 105
The Top's Assemblyp. 105
Bordersp. 105
Preparing the Top and Backingp. 105
Choosing a Batting for a Specific Lookp. 106
Basting the Top, Batting, and Backingp. 107
Deciding on a Quilt Designp. 108
Choosing the Right Hoopp. 109
The Quilting Stitch: Punch and Poke Stitchp. 109
Beginning a Quilt Thread without a Knotp. 109
Moving Thread between Design Areasp. 112
Ending Quilt Threads without a Knotp. 112
Joining Quilt Stitchesp. 113
Quilting along the Quilt's Edgep. 113
Checking Quilt Thread Tensionp. 113
Machine Quiltingp. 114
Trimming the Quiltp. 114
Binding the Quiltp. 114
Storing Quiltsp. 115
Additional Thoughts: The Importance of Signing Your Quiltp. 116
Patternsp. 117
Resourcesp. 141
Indexp. 142