Thursday, 2 August 2012

What Would You Do?

I won a prize in the FAL from the incredible Rhonda over at Quilter in the Gap. It was the booby prize in some ways. Because every other winner got a shot at it first before they picked something else. I was the last name out of the hat. There was no choice, I got this prize. It would have helped if Rhonda hadn't been smirking so much when she informed me.

A long, long time ago (it's okay, I can say this as no matter what I say I am still older than Rhonda even if she is a grandma) Rhonda bought a quilt kit for needle turn appliqué. I know! I can feel you shuddering too. It looked like this.


Rhonda cut the fabric, and organised it like I have never organised anything in my life.


She even started a block, just.


Then she promptly fell out of love with it and waited years before she landed on the idea that it would make a great prize for the 2nd quarter of the FAL. Clever girl. Now it is mine. Can you actually see me doing this?


Okay, you can stop laughing as I know there are other ways of doing appliqué other than needle turn. That is one possibility. I could bondaweb and raw edge appliqué no problem. The other thing is that I actually quite like the fabrics that come with this quilt kit.


So, if you won this what would you do? Please offer up all suggestions, rude and otherwise. If it is raining up north (where I'll be when you read this) then I will need all the laughs I can get.

Susan

43 comments:

  1. I would still needle turn it because it's soooo much prettier than raw edge. But if you don't fancy a hadstitching project, you could make templates, clip, glue stick the edges down and then machine needle turn applique. That's probably what I would do.

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  2. I'd send it to Danielle, Petite Elephants. Because she is all kinds of awesome at shit like that. http://mespetitselefants.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. OOOO good idea...send it to yet another poor soul...I mean lucky person!

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  3. I'd offer it up on my blog for whoever wanted to do it.... but I'm mean like that... that's how you got it ;-)

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  4. I'd offer it as a giveaway. Kind of like that needlecase that the post office workers in Australia are staring at wondering what to do with. Didn't that one start with Rhonda too? :oD

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  5. I would raw edge applique the block that is laid out and make a cushion. Then use the rest of the pieces for other stuff.

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  6. I have often thought of taking apart some of the kits I bought years ago and making then into something now and trendy. Hmmm, these fabrics look very kid friendly. But, I have no suggestion for a pattern. Sorry.

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  7. I am totally with Leanne. Use it like you stoleit or something!

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  8. No suggestions for the kit - I would think about it for a couple of years and then offer it as a giveaway. Silly BooDilly uses freezer paper technique for cutting and hemming applique parts - haven't tried it but it looks good. Btw, If it's raining up north (inevitably), you could try Duthie Park greenhouses in Aberdeen, complete with giant frog, loved by my kids.

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  9. I did some needle turn for a block for Fiona - I am actually enjoying reverse applique more. I think you should make it and then Rhonda will be really really jealous that she didn't do it herself. Hmmm not tempting you? I'd give it away to someone who really does want to do it. If you feel you get nothing out of that offer it up as a swap for something cool that doesn't involve any kind of applique!

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  10. You could have a twisted and evil giveaway.

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  11. Bahahahahahahahaha! I like Sheila's comment. You could have an evil giveaway.

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    1. But what happens if you and Sheila win?

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  12. I'd very, very quietly throw the pattern away and any bits that I couldn't use and then I would sneak into my sewing room in the dark and sneak the fabrics into the stash, probably at the bottom of a pile where nobody would see it, for a long time until everyone had forgotten about it and then I'd surreptitiously start putting it into projects. But then I'm sneaky like that!

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  13. I'd very, very quietly throw the pattern away and any bits that I couldn't use and then I would sneak into my sewing room in the dark and sneak the fabrics into the stash, probably at the bottom of a pile where nobody would see it, for a long time until everyone had forgotten about it and then I'd surreptitiously start putting it into projects. But then I'm sneaky like that!

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    1. If I were to do anything at all with it...this is exactly what I would do!!!

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  14. You have to make it really!! lovely kit otherwise swap ya for my AMH skirt sewing pattern I won but will never make lol! x

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    1. ooo now there is a tempting offer Susan!!!

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  15. So needle turn appliqué is definitely out? Even if I told you that it's really addictive (and very portable)?! If you like the fabric and pattern I'd use fusible web and blanket stitch (you could do this by hand in embroidery floss, it would look lovely) or 'donate' the pattern (via a giveaway!) and keep the fabric for your stash/scrap box!
    P.S. It wasn't raining until I read your last sentence...it seems you have powers beyond your wildest dreams ;o)

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  16. I would do what Laura Jane said ;-)

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  17. Lol hi e it away if it doesn't thrill you, I'd raw edge it, but then again, I'd also hide the fabrics in my stash and casually loose the pattern to a new home!

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  18. See I am one of those annoying quilters that does not get why people are freaked by needle turn applique?? I love doing it, it's portable & comes together really quickly.
    Then again I did get taught by my harridan sewing teacher when I was in 3rd grade.

    If you really don't like the completed quilt, simple, don't do it!! Don't feel guilty, give away the pattern & keep the fabrics. Someone will love the pattern & find other fabrics to finish it.

    Life is too short to be guilty over quilting!!

    Mind you I love the postage stamp background & I rather like all the spotty fabrics. Maybe just not all together?? LOL

    Good luck no matter what you choose.
    Lush x

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  19. Ok so if it's not so you, I would finish the block Rhonda started with whichever applique style you'd prefer to tackle, use the other fabrics to make something stunning and put the applique block in the quilt back as a little homage to Rhonda. It'll always make you smile because you'll know Rhonda thought you wouldn't use it! It'd be your "getting one over on her" quilt!

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  20. First, you very politely and graciously turn to Rhonda and say, "Oh, you shouldn't have! What beautiful fabric."

    Next, finish the block she started, however you want, and make a mini or cushion out of it.

    Finally, incorporate the rest of the fabric into your stash.

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  21. I just made my first needle turned applique projects this year and amazed myself by actually enjoying it. I say give it a try and if you don't like it, add your fabric to stash, sell the kit or have your own giveaway.

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  22. Hello Mrs, you lucky winner, you ;) I think, if you like the pattern, then raw-edge it...and if you don't, then stash the fabrics and be done with it! xx

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  23. I agree with both Cindy and Leanne- make up the one panel into a cushion or mini with the simplest method you know and sneak the rest into your stash! Give the pattern away!

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  24. Ha! Hadley! I'd ditch the pattern and (without guilt) add the prints to my stash. Wouldn't give it a second thought.

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  25. You're right, the fabrics are lovely! Why don't you make something with the fabrics that you like, or your own interpretation of the design? Hope you are enjoying your break despite the weather. Jxo

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  26. I'd donate it to the nearest charity shop ;-)

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  27. Keep the fabric and turn it into something beautiful. As for the pattern and started needle work well to be brutally frank, if you aren't going to use it BIN IT! Di x

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  28. I think Sarah has a wonderful idea - finish the applique block (since most of it's done already, anyway) and put it on the back of whichever quilt you make using the remainder of the fabric. Donna (in northern Alberta where it's rainy today also!)

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  29. If you like the pattern then now is the time to go with raw edge applique and if you don't I see another marvelous DP quilt - or you could donate it to someone to make a siblings together quit!

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  30. I would send it to the lovely Bee Blessed ladies (although Jude might hate me for saying that!!). I'm sure they'd do a fab job and then it gets passed to someone that needs it :)

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  31. My initial reaction was to make it with raw edge applique but I like Nicky and Lucy²s suggestions too. I guess it depends on whether you like it!

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  32. Hahahahahaha, well, you have the boobies for the booby prize ;o) Hack it all up to scrap vomit it :oD

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  33. Ha! Lots of good suggestions so far, nothing new here I'm afraid.
    I'd finish the block that's already started (very slowly over the next three years) and make it into a cushion.
    I'd stash the rest of the fabrics. And I'd have a giveaway for the pattern :-)

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  34. I have to confess, I'm someone who turned it down. I knew I would never do the applique, not my thing.

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  35. Have a go at the needle turn applique - you never know you just might like it. You like hand stitching so.............

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  36. I'd finish the first block that is started with appliqué and then if you didn't want to make any more I bet you could turn that first block into a fab bag. :o)

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