Sew earlier this week I got everything ready to make my first video and then discovered I was missing a cord to connect the little monitor I need to my Sony Handicam camera. Now I don’t know about you, but I don’t think identifying cords needed in the computer world is the easiest thing to do, Thank GOODNESS I have my own family geek squad. Hahaha. My son David helped me to identify what I needed and looked through our huge collection of cords, but we didn’t have the right one. So I ordered it and it is supposed to come today. If it comes, I hope then to get my first video on YouTube sometime next week. I don’t know how long this whole video making and editing will take me, but my tentative plan is to put one up a week at first.
Sew I got all ready to make the first item for my book/video wool project. It is called “Simple Shapes” and it is a small wall hanging, and I really invite you to join me in making one yourself. I will be providing all kinds of help here and even videos demonstrating it.
For several years now I have had an Accuquilt Go! cutter, and have, over the years, collected a fair number of their dies. I find the dies are wonderful for this particular kind of project, and also I cut all my bindings and borders on it. It’s much more accurate than I am…LOL.
I also use it to cut my 8 inch blocks I use for cuddle quilts. I used it when I work with my grandson, who made a couple of simple quilts with my help several years ago, and he was able to cut his own quilt pieces safely. It’s just a very helpful tool in my studio. Yesterday it took me only about half an hour to cut out all the pieces I need for this, and most of that time was because I am backing them with Steam-a-Seam fusible before I cut them, and I had to get that ironed on. This makes the wool feed through the cutter so nicely and hold the pieces nicely in place. I have other methods to do this too, but this one is my favorite.
However, if you don’t have a cutting machine and don’t want to buy one right now but want to follow along with me and try your own hand at wool applique by machine, I have made a pdf pattern with simple shapes that you can download and use. You can find the pdf file on my Aids and Links page on this blog (see the links at the top of this blog). I know you could draw your own, but why bother, since I have them all put together in the free pattern. They are not necessarily the same as those on my dies, but close enough.
Sew I cut out a bunch of shapes from fun several colors of the wool felt I talked about in my last blog. As I promised, I also looked around and found you can get satisfactory quality sets from Amazon if you want to make one of these wall hangings yourself. I would love to see you join me in this fun project. I recommend you get four sets and you will have enough for several projects. Just click on the links below.
I also found a melton wool blend in black that would make a nice background, or you can use a nice solid color quilting cotton for the background. If you get a single yard the wool, it is large enough to make two or even three small wool projects, because these are small little jewels of projects and the yard is 58 inches wide. These would make nice Christmas or other celebration presents.
Sew now that I have all these simple shapes cut out I will arrange them in a flower arrangement of some sort. Follow this blog in the future to see what to do. Note that I also cut some stems and vines about 1/4 inches wide and some leasves shaped from the felt that are not on my pdf but I did use the stems and leaves die on the Accuquilt site also.
I will talk more about what to do with all these shapes in future blogs, but you might guess if you look again at my last blog where I show a lot of the test piece I did. I will be demonstrating this on my video, assuming I am successful in getting that done. LOL I will be linking to my video in my next blog probably.
Sew happy everyone! Teach someone to sew or quilt or at least encourage sewists and other fabric wizards you know. Even the most advanced folks need encouragement. Sending you all hugs!