Have you ever tried needle-turn applique? What do you think about it? (It’s okay to cuss.)
When I started quilting 20 years ago, I actually thought needle turn was the only way there was to appliqué! I took a class and never finished the project. My stitches were reasonably okay but I couldn’t get the shapes to lay flat without the background fabric bunching up.
Then I moved on to fusible web – now that’s where the cussing comes in! I made the cutest Sunbonnet Sue quilt for my then 3-year-old daughter. What I didn’t know was that fusible web doesn’t wash well. Even though now at 15 and she still uses the quilt, on many blocks, all that’s left is the stitched outline of Sue! The webbing along with the fabric has completely disintegrated in spots. (But she won’t give up the quilt!)
What’s the oddest shape you’ve ever appliqued onto a project?
I like odd shapes – probably the strangest at the time (4 years ago) was a fork and spoon from my book, Quilt Retro. It was inspired by those oversized wooden forks and spoons that were all the rage in the 60s! Now I see fork and spoon appliqués all over the place!
Tell us five things people probably don’t know about you….
1. I have a journalism degree from the University of Missouri (the best J-School in the world!) and I am a quilt book editor in my day job. In a previous job, I was an editor for the National Auctioneer’s Association!
2. I talk to myself a lot. It creeps my kids out. When they were young, my son told me once that I scared him when I talk to myself!
3. I have scoliosis and wore a Milwaukee brace for all 4 years of high school. (Fans of Judy Bloom or Sixteen Candles will know what I’m talking about!)
4. I have all the blocks done for a Dear Jane quilt but it’s not put together yet. I made them in 2003. I need to get that one done before I die.
5. I made fun of the home ec girls in high school. My friend was president of the Future Homemakers of America and I thought it was such a joke. Fast forward 15 years and I was the one staying home with my 3 kids making quilts and watching Martha Stewart and she was a working mom! And look at me now making a living through quilting!
Get yourself some of this!
And what’s a blog tour without a chance to win your very own copy of Jenifer’s book? Just comment on this here on this blog post (Facebook does not count) and tell us your fave way to applique. We’ll pick a random winner on Feb. 26, and announce it both here and on our Facebook page. (Please note: A winner outside the United States will win an e-book. U.S. residents will receive a hard copy.)
Feb. 10: Bonnie Hunter, www.quiltville.blogspot.com
Feb. 11: Amy Smart, www.diaryofaquilter.com
Feb. 12: Angela Walters, www.quiltingismytherapy.com/my-blog
Feb. 13: Debbie Grifka, www.eschhousequilts.com
Feb. 14: Tammie Schaffer, www.craftytammie.com
Feb. 17: Casey York, www.studioloblog.wordpress.com
Feb. 18: Deb Rowden, www.debrowden.blogspot.com
Feb. 19: Melissa Thompson Maher, GenerationQMagazine.com
Feb. 20: Shea Henderson, www.emptybobbinsewing.com
Feb. 21: Dianne Harris, Quiltmaker Magazine, www.quiltmaker.com