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Reverse Applique! Have You Tried It Yet? NOT "Intimidating"! Diane Makes it Simple and Fun!
Submitted by Pam on Fri, 10/25/2013 - 00:56
Some of you may have seen this sweet Reverse Applique Pillow on Craftypod! Diane shared it when she announced the Reverse Applique Pillow Webinar she created for the Interweave family earlier this year.
I actually signed up for the live Webinar which entitled me to a permanent copy of the full webinar and the support PDF which includes the templates for those pretty little flowers! Interweave is now making Diane's Reverse Applique Webinar and PDF available as a download right here!
And I can not recommend it highly enough!
Yes - Diane IS my daughter and Mom's do have a tendency to think their children are pretty amazing! But seriously - I have no clue where Diane came by her communication and teaching skills cause they don't exist in any gene pool I am a part of!!! So when I say - Diane is an exceptionally gifted instructor, it is with the humble appreciation one feels when confronted with an individual "who's got SKILLS baby"!
During a play date a few years ago, Diane and I began to explore the technique used by the Cuna Indians of the San Blas Islands, Panama to create Mola pillows. Careful inspection of a Mola pillow can be an intimidating experience! Millions and millions of teeny tiny stitches; layer upon layer of reverse applique: intricate patterns and designs.
During the past several years, Diane has perfected her skills and her understanding of the process of Reverse Applique and has literally taken "intimidating" out of the equation offering in it's place a pleasurable and doable experience.
She takes you step by step through the whole process while sharing surprising and helpful tips and trick along the way so that almost anyone with minimal stitching skills is prepared to successfully complete Diane's flower pillow project; or if they prefer, a unique personal design.
Truthfully, I had forgotten every single thing we discovered all those years ago so I came to the Webinar with pretty much untrained fingers!! Diane leads the viewer carefully and thoroughly step by step through the whole process of making Reverse Applique so I felt quite confident that I could create a simple design for my sun painted fern fabric left over from making Christina's Chevron Pillow (Quilting Happiness). Additionally, I found many of Diane's tricks extremely helpful in taming curves and corners and runaway threads.
Also truthfully, I am not crazy about how this pillow top is turning out - so far. I wanted to keep to a geometric theme but this design seemed to work much better on paper than in reality. The white seems too white. But Diane disagrees and sees merit in it I fail to see. She is suggesting I sleep on it! So…for now, I am turning it over to Muse. At some point, I will complete it and share.
And I am moving on to - ORNAMENTS!!! Reverse Applique Ornaments! I will share the completed ornaments in mid November! I think they are going to be soooooo cool!!!