Thursday, October 25, 2012

A few days with Kim Diehl (pt 3)

Posted by Strlady at 5:00 AM
If you have been following along, I have been chatting about my invisible machine applique class with Kim Diehl last week.

On the second day of class I greeted Kim with an evil eye and proclaimed her not my friend. I was tired and felt a bit defeated because the leaves from the night before looked horrid (my points were not really points). She had a good laugh on my behalf.

I was to leave it all behind me and start with a fresh attitude on this beauty.

Again, the pictures don't do this quilt justice..

Kim has a fantastic eye for color

And she incorporates the patchwork into her quilts like very few can do.

Lovely, Lovely, Lovely...

After breakfast and a pep talk from Kim, I cracked open the book (pattern is Gathering Gardens from her new book Simple Charms) and saw that the patern called for 60 berries!!! 60! I let out a squeak in class that incorporated everyone's feeling on the subject. At the end of the next two days we were making berry puns left and right...

We did some pre-sewing at home for this one. 

Funny thing is, that even though there were so many berries. There were not as many leaves. 
And the color really gave you something more to think about besides the little darn circles.

By the end of the second day, I had the basic structure of this one in place. 

Enough laid out that I could actually start the sewing process.

Kim showed us how to see the layers in the piece and build up the applique. 

Can you see the stitches? I think I'm getting it! 

I had soo much fun. The others in the class were a great group of gals. They could laugh and tease as experts. Kim was such a good teacher, she squeezed in some tips on quilting using Big Stitch method as well as her unique wool applique method. I say unique because I had never seen it before. She gave us a run down of her thought process when choosing colors and, above all, that hands on help that allowed us all to walk away thinking we know what we are doing. So worth the wait!

3 comments on "A few days with Kim Diehl (pt 3)"

Thelma on October 25, 2012 at 6:00 AM said...

I sure hope there's more to come, I'm loving these posts! Did Kim mention anything about stabilizer for the machine appliqué? You're right, it's Kim's use of color along with her designs that makes her patterns so special. I don't have the right kind or near enough fabric for one of her patterns, I need to do some shopping. But what do I shop for, that's the question.

Did your leaves improve, why didn't your leaves have points?

I love your projects, looks like you had the right kind of fabric!

Brenda on October 25, 2012 at 7:17 AM said...

Thanks for sharing. How did your berries come out? They look round. I had more trouble with the berries than the leaves. Love your choice of colors.

Nicole on October 25, 2012 at 9:22 AM said...

Your posts have been almost as good as attending one of Kim's classes. Almost! You are going to love this project when it's done, and think of all you have learned with this practice.


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