For the past several months, my applique group (As The Needle Turns – or aTNT/dynamite group) has been working on the Benjamin Biggs Wedding Quilt. I have been teaching them the needle turn method accompanied by a lot of “tricks.” We have mastered quick template making using self laminating sheets, bias stems using the bias maker, perfect berries using Karen Kay Beckley’s Perfect Circles, and perfect points using a “flat head” toothpick ( thank you Nancy Kerns for this trick). With these simple “tools in their toolbox,” the applique world and their creativity is wide open. Some of the gals were definite novices to applique when we began . . . but I think their blocks look AWSOME! This is a representation of Blocks #1, #2, and #3.
I want to officially, and TOTALLY thank this group for their encouragement and support of the Academy. They have tirelessly passed out marketing cards at quilt stores and quilt shows, and constantly spread by word of mouth, their support of this venue. YOU GALS ARE GREAT! THANK YOU! You are the best!
I have been working on the Benjamin Biggs Wedding Quilt, trying to stay a block or two ahead of the gals so I can point out any pitfalls or quick tips. Additionally I am continuing with Sue Garman’s Sarah’s Revival. It is coming along.
Back to Academy work. Don’t forget that the class options will be viewable on August 9th, and registration opens September 3rd. It is REALLY getting exciting.
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