< Workshops Workshop: 03-Garden Party – a reckless and raw-edge collage and applique class

Techniques: Liberated free-motion quilting, both reckless raw edge, Collage & Appliqué with abandon, layout and design, optional decorator zipper technique

You can make this project many different ways. I began to teach it as a pillow and later developed wall hangings, then “fine art” (framed), not to mention clothing and upholstered goods. I even use this technique on some of my quilts by incorporating the liberated technique into borders, medallions and individual blocks. It’s a great technique and can be adapted to whatever you want.

DO NOT use any glue products or steam a seam- type products

If you want some homework…You can begin to fussy-cut your flowers. The first thing you’ll ask…. do I cut on the line? Sure!… if you want to….. or leave up to 1/4″ around your flower, bird, bug or butterfly…..

The reason I would do this is because… that background color may be important to my design. Notice in this photo the “pink” if I were to cut on the line… it would be a beige flower. I wanted the pink…

Pick your background fabric…. Light? Dark? Leopard? You name it…. Make sure it works with the fabric you plan to use for your vase.

You can never have enough florals… bring everything and trade with others, it’s great fun.

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Supply List:

  • Garden Party

    Consider mixing all styles of florals, it's much more interesting that way. If you want to get a head start, begin by cutting out your flowers, do not use glue or any fusibles.

    • Your sewing machine in good working order
    • A Free motion or darning foot that fits your machine
    • Basic sewing supplies including scissors, rotary supplies and ruler 20" or larger
    • Many Floral Fabrics with a mix of styles and colors
    • Pins
    • White or beige thread (Cotton) I prefer 50W Aurifil thread (available at my online store)
    • Black thread (Cotton) I prefer 50W Aurifil thread (available at my online store)
    • Freezer paper and pencil to make a template for your vase
    • TO MAKE PILLOW: Your fabric for the front of your pillow that you will build your design on (approximately 21" x 21")
    • TO MAKE PILLOW: Fabric for the back of your pillow - 22” x WOF (width of fabric) (keep the selvages on)
    • TO MAKE PILLOW: Nylon Zipper 20” or longer (with charm if possible)
    • TO MAKE PILLOW: Zipper foot
    • TO MAKE PILLOW: Recommended 20x20 feather pillow form from IKEA $6.99