Stone Applique and More Japanese Imports.
There was a lot of hubbub around Meg McElwee's Sew Liberated when it hit the shelves this year. I didn't get a good look at the book until recently and I think the fuss is well deserved. There are some clever, practical patterns in here and the detailed section on different sorts of applique sealed the deal for me. I have my eyes on the camera bag pattern, but I decided to start with applique.
I used an 1/8th of a yard of a new Lecien dot (it comes in two or three other colours as well), a few scraps from my stash, and the basic concept described in the Heirloom Duvet project. I used a tiny zigzag to fasten them to a heavy cotton canvas. I would have liked to hand stitch the stones on using a blind stitch, but they are destined for outdoor pillows and lots and lots (and lots) of future washing. The applique was fast (!) and man-o-man, I love those dots.
There are loads of new dots to choose from in the store at the moment. I really like this line of Sateen prints, also from Lecien. The combination of plum, chocolate and grey is so tempting. Maybe because they remind me of ice cream? (I think everything reminds me of ice cream.)
There are still spots open for Anna Joyce's classes on Machine Applique and Appliqueing for Clothing at Modern Domestic this summer. And don't forget about Laura's visit and demonstration at the studio tomorrow (Thursday) night. Bolt also carries Meg's book as well as her line of very popular individual patterns.