Did I say that I would try to stop starting new projects? I'm sure that it's in writing somewhere but, oh well, I am having too much fun learning new techniques and playing with fabric! 😊
Fantastic Fusion Workshop
Through my local quilt guild, I registered for a couple of workshops. This first one peaked my interest - it's an improv quilting using fusible web. I've done both of these before but I liked the look of the teacher's sample and hoped that I would learn something....and I have!
We were encouraged by our teacher, Lisa Walton from Australia, to buy Wonder-Under Transfer Web (or something like it) because it can be ironed on many, many times, and we definitely needed that for this technique.
These were the first two blocks that I made during the first class.
|Block 1 - still one of my favourites
I used an assortment of batiks that had different values, colours and patterns. These are important, otherwise the fabrics all sort of merge together. Since I knew that I wouldn't be making a large quilt, I only added fusing on the back of about 12" blocks of each fabric, knowing that I could fuse more if needed.
|Fabric pull of batiks
I was enjoying the class but when Lisa got to cutting curves, I was thrilled. This is exactly what I wanted - line are fine but curves add flow. I add curves whenever I can, especially if there're no sewing involved! 😊
|Block 6 - Do you see a moon there?
I simplified these next 2 blocks because I figured that I would add more if need be. Also, by the time I made these Saturday evening, I couldn't tell which side of the fabric the fusible web was one (it's difficult for the light fabric but obvious for the darker ones!)
|Block 7 Just flowing
|Block 8 - not really finished since this is the one that I will probably
have to change to make it fit with the others.
I found this to be the most difficult part. I did take lots of pictures of layouts but each block could, in theory be laid out in 4 possible ways since there is no right-side up here!
My thought process:
- The first thing that I noticed was the very dark purple in three of the blocks. I think that they need to be balanced somehow.
|First layout - balance the dark purples?
- I think that this balanced the dark purple blocks.
|Second layout - balance the odd shaped blocks
- I think that most of the blocks are interchangeable except for the 3 that are different sizes.
|Third layout - more balancing?
- I believe that this may be the best balanced layout....but I'm still learning and I can't wait to get feedback from Lisa.
- The bottom right block may need to be redone, or at the very least cut up. I like the outside striped border but the rest could be redone - maybe into two, either attaching the left side to the block next to it (not bad but not great) and then fixing up borders for the other part.
You'll just have to come back to see the finished project...by the end of February!
Finishing this quilt is my OMG for the month of February. I'm excited about this piece and don't want it to get lost in my WIP pile 😊 Thanks Patty for the great motivational party!
What I learned
- Tips for working with Fusible Web:
- I pressed the pieces of fusible-backed fabric onto a piece of Pellon Wonder-Under Transfer Web backing. This lets you pull the fabric off of the backing and keep adding more fabric. You can also use parchment paper.
- When I wasn't sure on what side the fusible web was attached, I pressed the fabric piece between 2 pieces of the backing. The fusible web is on the side that is attached to the backing (rather than on your iron). I did a lot of that too until I thought of this.
- Lisa is a great teacher - laid back, organised and very knowledgeable.
- She also teaches this course online. During her class, she showed us an introductory video that featured her quilts in this technique, as well as quilts by other students. It's always great for inspiration to see what can be done.
- She is a very generous teacher, and after our 3 hour class, she sent us a link to the first half of her online, on-demand class. It's really excellent and was a great reminder of what we had learned. As you can see, I highly recommend her classes!
- During our next 3-hour class, we will learn tips for putting the whole quilt together (without stitching!) and then quilting and finishing it. I think that I've done most of my blocks but I want to see what Lisa advises before I cut and make adjustments to finish it.
- I figured out that I need one of those circle templates - it was difficult using objects to make the circles on these!
- Lisa Walton: Website, Instagram
- Fantastic Fusion - On Demand Class (it's very reasonable priced!)
- Video introduction of Fantastic Fusion