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Posts Tagged ‘Apliquick’

So You Want to Make A Winning Quilt: Best Applique

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

Kathy K. Wylie won $1,500, from Sponsor, Pink Sand Beach, for Best Applique on her quilt, For Such a Time as ThisBest Applique Quilt Show Winner

Kathy K. Wylie started quilting in the spring of 1994. A friend asked Kathy if she would join her in taking a beginner sampler quilting class. Kathy had just resigned from her job at IBM to stay at home with her two young sons and thought she could use a few nights out. Kathy had sewn since she was a child and enjoyed all kinds of different needle arts, so she agreed to take the class. Little did Kathy know how that decision would change her life!Best Applique Quilt Show Winner For Such a Time as This is Kathy’s original design focusing on “time.” The first thing Kathy considered when embarking on this quilt was, “What does a quilt about time look like?” She brainstormed lots of ideas such as clocks, calendars, seasons, and celebrations. One shape that kept recurring in her mind was a circle. Kathy considered that “a clock is a circle divided in twelve. Twelve hours in a day; twelve months in a year. I began with a medallion divided into twelve equal sections. From there, I added birth flowers and birth stones around my “clock” to depict the months of the year.”Best Applique Quilt Show Winner How did the circle clock idea evolve? Kathy said, “When a medallion is placed on a square background, it leaves a lot of blank space in the corners. I decided to use those areas to depict the seasons by the changing color of the leaves on the branches.” Kathy incorporated several machine quilting motifs to complement the original time theme: “The hours on the clock; ogees, that form the shape of an hour glass; the phases of the moon; and the symbol for infinity. This shape is echoed around the outside edge by quilting half scallops and then hand tying them with black embroidery floss.” It took Kathy three and a half years to make her Best Applique quilt, For Such a Time as This.  She began the quilt in November 2013, working on the initial clock design. The hand appliqué was done from January 2014 to November 2016.Best Applique Quilt Show Winner Kathy then spent almost 200 hours of machine quilting her Best Applique design which she finished in April 2017. All the finishing steps were completed in May 2017.Best Applique Quilt Show Winner What techniques did Kathy learn along the way for her Best Applique quilt?  “All the shapes on the quilt are turned-edge appliqué and sewn by hand. My favorite method is needle-turn appliqué and approximately 75% of the quilt was done this way. But the very small shapes, like the tiny circles that connect the birthstones, and the very detailed shapes, like the lily of the valley blossoms, were done with a new method I learned called Apliquick. Using stainless steel rods for surgical precision, these shapes were turned and prepared in advance before stitching. What is Kathy’s next project? She is working on a series of block designs featuring the birth flowers from For Such a Time as This and hopes to release those patterns later in 2018. Kathy also will continue to teach workshops. Her next quilt is taking shape in her mind; she wants to get the blocks done before she starts in on it because “otherwise they won’t get done.” Congratulations Kathy on your Best Applique winning design. For more information about For Such a Time as This and other patterns developed by Kathy, please visit her website or Facebook Page.]]>

Meet Road 2016’s International Vendors

Monday, November 30th, 2015

We search all over the world to bring our guests the best vendors. The 2016 show will feature 6 international vendors:  

From Australia: Yazzii International

Owner Yasmita Magan is a fireball of energy, especially when she explains the versatility, stability, and quality of her Yazzii Bags. Proclaimed by Yasmita as “the world’s best bag,” Yazzii Bags come in a variety of sizes to meet a variety of quilting needs._I4C8203  

From Canada: Wonderfil SpecialtyThreads

Wonderfil is a family owned and run business that offers only thread products that enhance both the quality and appearance of stitching results, as well as expanding embellishment possibilities. They have a diversity of thread weights, textures, finishes, and materials. [caption id="attachment_3125" align="aligncenter" width="512"]Photo by Gregory Case Photography Photo by Gregory Case Photography[/caption]  

From France: Bohin France

This will be Bohin France’s fourth year at Road to California. Founded in 1833, Bohin is France’s last manufacturer of needles and pins. The company’s high standards, knowledge, and experience, have made it a leader in its field. Authentic  Murano glass used for their glass-head pins comes from Italy. In addition to needles and pins, Bohin also manufactures Dussaussay Gallier specialty scissors made from stainless steel.Bohin Booth at Road 2013  

From France: Quiltmania

An international company located in France, Quiltmania features both modern and vintage quilt and craft designs.couvsv17gb  

From the Netherlands: BeColourful

A quilt pattern company, BeColourful’s goal to inspire quilters all over the world with traditional designs that have a contemporary and colorful twist. [caption id="attachment_3294" align="aligncenter" width="627"]Photo by Gregory Case Photography Photo by Gregory Case Photography[/caption]  

 From Spain: Apliquick

Road 2016 will be Apliquick’s first venture to California. Apliquick has developed innovative appliqué tools for turned-edge appliqué.download (4)

Save yourself some air fare and come to Road to California 2016 for the best international quilt vendors.

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Road 2016 Vendor: Meet A P L I Q U I C K ®™

Friday, November 27th, 2015

A P L I Q U I C K ®™ comes to Road to California from Spain. A P L I Q U I C K ®™ features innovative appliqué tools for turned-edge appliqué.download (4)

A P L I Q U I C K ®™ had always been fascinated by appliqué. They worked long and hard to find the perfect technology and tools to help ease the workload of quilters and provide an easy and fun way to appliqué. Little by little, A P L I Q U I C K ®™ continues to perfect their product. It has been very gratifying to A P L I Q U I C K ®™ to hear how quilters have appreciated their innovation.   When using A P L I Q U I C K ®™ tools, an appliqué shape is traced onto light-weight fusible interfacing, cut out, and ironed onto the wrong side of the fabric. A P L I Q U I C K ®™rods and glue stick are then used to easily and precisely turn under the seam allowance before hand or machine stitching. Former Road faculty member, Kathy McNeil gives an overview of A P L I Q U I C K ®™  [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1B4kh1L_dbg[/youtube] Road to California 2016 will be the first visit of A P L I Q U I C K ®™ to California. They are looking forward to visiting the area, especially local quilt stores because they expect them to be very different from stores in Spain. Most of all, they are excited for the opportunity to teach their new technology and everything their products have to offer to Road’s guests. In their booth, A P L I Q U I C K ®™ will be demonstrating all of  their various products and techniques on different shapes and sizes of quilts.  They welcome Road’s guests to come and try out their tools.   images Join us in saying Bienvenida (Welcome) to A P L I Q U I C K ®™



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