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Jacket Tutorial in Photos

Laura F how to jacket tutorial

Make Laura's wholecloth jacket pattern in woven cloth or reverse-appliqued felt, both will follow the same tutorial, just have a different design scale. To do the applique, quilt both layers as rectangles, cut away one layer. Start with a Laura Lee Fritz jacket pattern file, quilt onto your flat fabric, either wholecloth single layer, "sandwich", or patchwork sandwich.  See the "wings" on the back shoulder blades? they drape quickly to fit the body, but the more body you quilt into the project (heavier batting, more seams in your patchwork), the longer these take to soften to mold to you. Cut, but...

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Ice Bear takes the Plunge

Laura F

I just returned from a spectacular trip to Alaska.  No, not a cruise, I flew to Anchorage, drove up to a sheep farm clinging to the mountain bluff above Wasilla, photographed wildlife in tamer settings, including this polar bear in the Anchorage Zoo. I am already cutting rubber printing plates of the set of seven photos of the bears, all swimming underwater.  These will be available soon as recorded ie Extreme Digital images, I will be recording them this week.  Meanwhile, here's the first printing plate, I'm already printing fabric from it, and the photo I took as my model....

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New Bird feature patterns for the future

Laura F

Here is one of a series of bird patterns I have drawn and recorded.  As you see I am already starting to put this pattern to work for me.  You are looking at a hemp canvas bag, multicolor PolyQuilter on the plain fabric, the back and wraparound sides are the same canvas, ice-dyed with, let me remember what I used...kilt green. The ice-dyeing releases the different color powders of a dye recipe at differing rates, depending on 1. proximity to the meltwater and 2. density of the dye powder particle.  Some particles are dense, some fluffy.  Then the dissolved dye...

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Quilting In the Trenches

Laura F line up front to back tshirt quilt

We are often asked to line up quilt tops to the patchwork on a quilt back.  I thought to share this tip when I answered a query on Facebook today.  It was too good to not pass along further. In addition to the side to side alignment, you can do one more step to improve alignment. If you have seam junctions or other requested features to match front to back, use long pins to stick up through to the top, from under the quilt as it is pinned up to your rollers, then replace the pins sticking up with pins...

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Moose Sunrise - reverse applique tutorial

Laura F

This brilliant quilt is Minkee, velvety dense color, and soooooooooooooooooo touchable. To make this quilt, I enlarged the continuous line designs that put the moose family in the swamp under willow tree branches, and enlarged the continuous line designs that put the crane and ducks in the pond.  I made sure both were closed-loop designs, meaning no start, no stop, for each of the two patterns.Both designs then were traced by hand with a Sharpie pen (that tip they call fine point but its really fairly big), onto a 47 wide x 84" long sheet of Dissolve (from Superior Threads).  The border...

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