Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Patchwork Professional & On My Desk

Take a look... take a really close look. Do you see anyone that you might recognize?...

I have to admit that there is nothing more satisfying than finally being able to let the cat out of the bag after sitting on a secret for so long. One of those secrets is that I am featured this months' issue of Patchwork Professional (German speaking quilting magazine)... and what else do you think I would be talking about, but Starch Applique?!? In the magazine, I give a detailed step-by-step how-to of my favorite method... so if you are in Germany, but are not able to make it to Nadelwelt, then be sure to pick up the current issue.

So, speaking of starch applique and secrets, should I share a little more of both?... my current behind-the-scenes-project! I've already shared a few little sneak peeks, but this is my current next quilt pattern, and my goal is to have it finished by May so I can release it at Nadelwelt!

I've actually done more extensive marking than I usually do on a quilt, but this one will actually be more heavily quilted than my norm. I used the templates from the New York Beauty block to be repeated for the quilting.

So far, using this Bohin marking pencil has my favorite way to mark a quilt. I like that it that it feeks soft when using, but does not easily break. It stays marked longer than any chalk-like marking tools, plus it has refills... not to mention that I don't have to worry about not being able to get the markings out later on. How many times have we heard those horror stories of quilters that can't get their marked quilts clean... I just want to cry for them too!

After much debate, I've decided to use a double batting on this quilt. Not because I'm wanting to do show quilting, but because the quality of my favorite batting has gone down... you could see the backing from the quilt!?! I kind of like how puffy it is, but it really does add a lot of bulk to an otherwise smaller quilt.

So, do you think you will be able to wait until the next cat is ready to come out of the bag?


  1. Curious to know what batting you’ve been using. Congratulations on being featured in a magazine and good job keeping your secret! I’m loving this next project very much!

  2. Now I want this Bohin pencil. Do you think Amazon has it? I have never invested in any of those frixion pens because I do not like pens of any kind in my sewing room.
    Your applique is absolutely wonderfully beautiful It makes me happy, Allison. I am very proud to know you are in a German sewing magazine. I could probably read a little of it, but my German reading skills have degraded haha. Your projects are always very inspiring.

  3. Congrats on the published article! I was impressed with the length, detailed information and the amount of photographs :)


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