April

Daisy 1

They say April showers bring May flowers, but what flowers are associated with April? Find out here, in my quilt about time.

Apliquick and Wash-Away Appliqué Sheets

Apliquick Photo

Here are the results of testing Wash-Away Appliqué Sheets with the Apliquick method of turned-edge appliqué.

March

Jonquil 2

March is here! The clocks have sprung forward and Spring is right around the corner. Here is March in my quilt about time.

Turned-Edge Applique: Challenge #2

Turn under seam allowance with the tip of the needle

Challenge #2: turning under the seam allowance. You can turn it under before you sew or as you sew. Here are four ways.

February

Primroses

Here we are in February – the month of love – and here is February in my quilt about time.

January

Snowdrop

Since my quilt about time depicts each month of the year, I thought I would wait until that month to reveal it. So here we are, in January.

Turned-Edge Applique: Challenge #1

Place sandpaper under the fabric to prevent shifting and pulling while you are tracing around the freezer paper.

In this new series for the new year, we will address the challenges of turned-edge applique. Here’s the first one: marking the lines.

Apliquick is Here!

Apliquick Starter Set

Apliquick is an innovative set of tools for turned-edge appliqué. I am pleased and excited to announce that Apliquick products are now available for sale right here on my website!

Fancy Fabric Flowers for Christmas

Tulle flower

Clover’s Kanzashi Flower Makers offer some intriguing possibilities. What would happen if we layered different size flowers or fussy-cut the fabric or used fancy fabrics like lace or tulle? Let’s find out.

Fabric Flowers for Christmas

Completed Flower

The weather outside may be frightful, but these fabric flowers are delightful! Find out how easy it is to make them using Clover’s Kanzashi Flower Maker.

Step-by-Step Guide to Fusible Applique

Crazy Daisy with Invisible Zigzag Edge Finish

My first contribution as a guest blogger at QUILTsocial was a step-by-step guide to fusible appliqué. The daily posts ran last week and here is a synopsis of the five articles with links to the original content.

Five Years of Blogging!

Five

Happy fifth anniversary to Kathy K. Wylie’s Quilting Blog! Every November, it has been fun to take a look back at the blog posts that were most popular overall, but this year I decided to look at the past year alone. How many would be the same? Let’s find out.

Couching vs Bobbin Work

Crazy Daisy with Tulle and Couched Cord

What is the difference between couching and bobbin work? How do you choose between them?

It’s Time for Colour Part 2

Good Neighbours

Here is my completed entry for the traveling exhibit “It’s Time for Colour”. Find out the neat trick I used for the machine quilting!

It’s Time for Colour Part 1

CQA Analogous

The Canadian Quilters Association is preparing two traveling quilt shows of 12″ x 16″ quilts based on the theme “It’s Time for Colour”. Here is my entry.

Divide and Conquer Applique

Time motif photo

What do you do when the appliqué shape precludes a sufficient seam allowance? Divide and conquer!

Sewing Hexagons by Machine

Edmonton Hexagon sample

Hexagon quilts are enjoying a resurgence in popularity, with new fabrics giving them a modern look. In a recent class, I was intrigued with the variety and creativity of the fabric combinations.

Quilt Canada: Wonders of Niagara

QuiltCanada2014-logo

For the next five days, quilters from across the country – and around the world – will descend on Brock University in St. Catharines ON to celebrate, learn, share and experience the wonders of our quilt making heritage. Will I see you there?

Fearless Designers Creativity Exercise

Fearless Designers revisited

Here is a creativity exercise that is challenging, inspiring, and surprisingly rewarding.

Butterflakes

Mary Fabris Sun Peaks

Butterflakes was started in a Sewflakes workshop in Sun Peaks BC last July and features a six-sided snowflake of butterflies.

Fabric Leaf Bowl with Metallic Thread

Leaf with Metallic thread

Metallic threads have a reputation for being difficult to work with. I was interested to put Superior’s Metallic Thread to the test while making a fabric leaf bowl.

2014 Trend-Tex Challenge “Modern Ways”

Falling in Line

The modern quilt movement has dominated the quilting media over the past couple years, so perhaps it wasn’t surprising to see the theme for the 2014 Trend-Tex Challenge: modern ways. What better way to delve into modern quilting than to make a modern quilt?!

The Beginning of Time (Quilt)

Focus Fabric

Some quilts practically design themselves, as the inspiration flows seamlessly into shapes and motifs, colors and fabric. Not this one.

It’s About Time

Clock 3

What time is it? What is it time for? For me, it is time to start a major new quilt project. And this quilt is all about… time!

Friends with Flourish

Penny Detail 1

One of the best things about teaching quilting workshops is seeing the students’ final results. When this student showed up for class with a stack of bright hand-dyed fabrics and matching hand-dyed thread, I knew she was going to come up with something special.

Kristy’s Quilt

Kristy's Quilt 2

Are you looking for a heartwarming quilt-related gift for a child or grandchild in your family? Kristy’s Quilt is based on the true story of a spunky little 10-year old quilter who blossoms at the In Stitches Quilting Retreat.

Table Runner with Flourish Kits

Short Table Runner Kit CW1

To make it easier to make your own table runner with flourish – either in a workshop or on your own – there are now four kits available. Choose from two sizes and two colorways to make a beautiful heirloom for your home or as a special gift.

Christmas Quilts

Soft Edge Piecing Poinsettia Wreath

It is always fun at this time of year to get out the Christmas decorations and for me, that includes a few wall quilts.

Candle Mat with Glitter Thread

Candle Mat cream felt

Glitter Hologram is a metalized polyester thread, ideal for adding sparkle and dimension to embroidery or quilting. I used it to stitch snowflake designs onto circular candle mats.

Four Years of Blogging!

Four

We celebrate the fourth anniversary of Kathy K. Wylie’s Quilting Blog with our annual retrospective of the top ten most-viewed articles from the past four years.