I was absolutely thrilled to be asked to make a quilt for the International Quilt Association's Mini Quilt Auction in Houston again this year. I decided I wanted to step outside the box and try something different. I decided to use silk and leather together for my appliques.
I started with this orange silk that I bought last year in Houston and just love. I realized after working with it that due to it's sheer nature I either had line all the pieces or have minimal overlap so shadowing didn't occur. I opted for minimal overlap. That's why the stems don't touch the leaves or the flowers. The inner green silk is also very sheer. The stems are dupioni silk which I didn't have this problem with as it's not as transparent.
I then decided to add some leather dots. It was so nice to cut the dots out of leather and they held their shape really well. I also added pink ovals at the top of the flowers so I didn't have to worry about shadowing there either. I used my favorite fusible Steam-a-Seam 2 lite on the leather and it worked like a charm, HOWEVER, I did realize that you need to iron it from the back, not the front. It takes a long time for the heat to make it through the leather on the front, but not the cotton on the back.
So how did I attach the silk pieces? Elmer's School glue and a fine tip applicator for the bottle. It sticks and then you iron it dry and it stays in place.
Then I had fun with my favorite double blanket stitch stitching around all the pieces including the leather dots with a leather needle. It was so fun!
And here's the final block! Come back next Wednesday to start talking quilting.
Less than a month until IQA Houston! I can't wait!
I hope you get to quilt today!