Thursday, 16 January 2014

Chop Sticks

I think I saw the apliquick tools for the first time in Houston in 2011. The past 2.5 years I noticed that a lot of Dutch quilters started getting these tools. My BQFF (Best Quilter Friend Forever) got her set last October. Yes, I couldn’t resist using this acronym! Finally at the end of December (2013) I got my own set for the workshop with Jobina de Boer in Putten at the Quiltkelder (= quilt cellar). I thought, you never know, these apliquick tools might come in handy as I love appliqué. 

You get two rods in the packet - the one with the forked end is the one to use in your left hand to hold steady the appliqué shape.  The other tool has a flat iron shape and is used in your right hand to roll and press the seam allowance from the front to the back where the glue will then hold it in place. Clever, clever!

I don’t think I need to explain the reference to chop sticks. The apliquick set looks very similar, don’t you think?

You can also get the special scissors and tweezers as shown in the picture above. I got the tweezers, but I think I have enough scissors. Got these last year, especially for the appliqué, after doing the workshops with Di Ford last year in Nantes!

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Besides these tools there are a lot of other notions you can use when appliquéing. To name a few – Templar™ plastic, glue baste it, Mistyfuse (sheer fusible), iron-on double-sided fusible, appliqué pins, freezer paper and (mini-)iron.

I’m still a little unsure if I will apply this technique often. In the class with Di Ford last year. Yes, the fussy cutting workshop in Nantes at the Pour l’Amour du Fil, I learned to appliqué without any notions and if I do say so myself, the result is not half bad. I prefer the traditional craftsmanship. I don’t call myself a bohemian traditional country girl for nothing!

But here are some pictures from the apliquick workshop. Great technique especially for those very small – teeny itsy-bitsy – pieces of fabric.

The end product (not mine!)

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my stuff

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classmates

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getting instructions

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Me concentrating – the serious look!

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This is how far I got at the end of the class. Yes, I’m actually using fabrics from my stash.

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