Applique Class by Kevin Kosbab

I took an Applique Class taught by Kevin Kosbab of Feed Dog Designs through the Carson Valley Quilt Guild (Nevada).  I had done some applique before, but I learned some new tricks and had fun.

Did you know that there are at least three different types of applique?  Here are my definitions:

a) Raw /fusible applique – This is the kind I had done before.  You draw the pattern on the paper of a fusible web, cut out and iron onto the back of the fabric, which will then be ironed onto a backing material.  Then, you can either sew with a straight or zigzag stitch.

Years ago I decorated canvas grocery bags this way and then used dimensional fabric paint around the edges.

b) Freezer paper applique –  Cut a template from the freezer paper and iron to the wrong side of the material.  Then fold the edge of the material over the template.  Then remove the template and sew the folded edges to the background material by hand or machine.

c) Needle turn applique – Using a template mark the material with a water soluble marker.  Then fold over the material on the edge using your fingers.  Then hand stitch the applique to the background fabric.

Today’s class we used the fusible technique for the feet and beaks.  We also used the freezer paper technique for the bird body and wing.

Kevin was good at giving enough details and showing the step by step instructions that I was able to pick up the steps very quickly.  I was actually done with my sample early enough that I had another bird cut out before the class ended.

Here are the two samples I made in the class.

Have you taken a class lately?  What did you learn to do?

Later – H

Random Conversation

Do you randomly have people start conversations with you?  Well, I had that happen earlier this week when I was in Costco.  A retired man started talking to me about the automated drink vending machines that are now available in the Costco Food Court.  Oh, and if you haven’t seen one work it is pretty cool and yes, I do have nerdy days.

Anyways he starts talking about how computers, etc have changed so much in the last few years and not always for the better.  The funny part about that was I was just thinking about the ‘user friendly’ features on my cell phone like the apps that I have never used, but they keep pushing updates even if I delete them.

The man then said that social media was actually hate media since people were usually complaining about something.  He said he was a veteran and retired fireman so he had seen a lot of bad in this world, but he knew there was a lot more good out there in comparison.  I then told him that a friend and I had started to text each other one good thing each day to try to keep our focus on the good instead of the bad.

His parting comment was he was glad he could talk to me for a few minutes and to keep my smile.

Every day I find myself thinking about that conversation and realize he is so right.  If you just focus on the negative then that is all you will see, but if you are willing to look for at least one positive thing you might surprise yourself and find lots of positive things.

So, my challenge to you is to look for at least one positive thing each day for the next week.  I am hoping your point of view changes after that and you will want to always find something positive to think about.

Oh, and if you think my life is a bed of roses you should know that my positive thing one day was that I had cleaned the refrigerator.  Nothing seemed to be going right that day, but I was very happy to open the refrigerator and see how clean it was.

Let me know if you see a difference after you take the challenge.

Later – H