In my September 19th post, I mentioned the “Left Behind” quilt pattern I bought while traveling in Alaska. This is a mini quilt by Melinda Dale, an Alaskan designer. Last week I decided to get started on this quilt project because I wanted to try fusible applique, a new technique for me. Melinda’s pattern was easy to follow and it started with two different light fabrics. One is Kona “Snow” and the other is a sparkly print I had on hand from my quilting travels.
I fused the snow onto the background and then did some machine quilting with my walking foot. I had fun and think I’m brave because I made wavy lines!
Next came the fun part! I got to make the Alaskan Husky dog with the teeniest, tiniest pieces! She turned out pretty cute and so I fused her to the snow!
I sewed around my little musher dog, changing threads several times so the thread colors matched. Then I fused the trees and added some texture to their trunks. I used Sulky thread for outlining and texture. I liked sewing with this thread and was pleased with the results.
As I was getting closer to completion, I added twigs to the trees and the snow. I drew the twigs randomly with a pencil and then sewed over the pencil lines with black Sulky thread. Nice! I made the leash with some decorative stitches on my machine.
To finish this fun project, I made a very skinny flange border that was 3/4 inches of gold fabric folded in half. Next I added the black binding and that’s it! Project complete!
I think I will look for some more fusible applique projects. This cute girl has given me inspiration!