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Old 08-11-2013, 11:59 AM
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I really want to make one of her quilts and will probably buy a kit so the fabric will be "right". Has anyone here made one of her patterns? If so, how difficult was it and did it turn out the way you expected? I am not really artistic so if that is required to get the project completed I will need to reconsider. Any help and all opinions will be appreciated. Barb
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Old 08-11-2013, 12:19 PM
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I have done 2 of her blocks. I think they are difficult since they have such little pieces like beaks of birds and chicken feet! But they are beautiful. If you are willing to take your time and don't mind teeny, weeny pieces, then go for it. Beware though that if you press the pieces while you are building the block, too many times, the fusible web will no longer stick. Ask me how I know, ha ha . I would love to have a smaller iron next time I tackle one of her blocks, so that I can control where it goes better than a big iron. And definitely have an applique pressing sheet. It makes building the block much easier. Good luck and show us what you do when your finished. Gina
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I have done one of her small panels and found it really easy. I would go with a kit because her fabric choices are great and I would hate to try and find all the right fabrics, also she uses so many different fabrics, if you had to buy a FQ of all of them it would probably cost you more.
I would use something like MonoPoly by Superior Threads to stitch the applique down, as it would be easier than changing your threads all the time. This is the one I made, I had only been quilting for around 2 years when I did it.
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Old 08-11-2013, 12:43 PM
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I've done a few of her patterns, and I do enjoy them. They do have lots of tiny pieces, and are time/labor heavy. But SO worth the results!!
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Old 08-11-2013, 01:39 PM
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Her patterns are pretty detailed so I think you would be fine - going with a kit is a good thing in my opinion - her fabric choices are what makes her quilts work!
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Old 08-11-2013, 02:52 PM
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I've done lots of her patterns over the years- I love her designs. she makes them fairly easy to understand. that last baby quilt I did was one of hers- I've done lots of her outdoorsy fish, bears, I've never seen one not turn out beautiful. here's the McKenna Ryan 'Giraffic Park' quilt.
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I'm glad to see this thread....I signed up for the Wind in the Whiskers BOM and haven't started yet. I've received 3 blocks so far...I think I need someone to come visit and work on this with me!!!

Forgot to mention I am getting the full kit for each block so I know it'll all look good in the end...I'm just terrified to start.
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I was just at her showroom on Friday at Bainbridge Island, WA. She is closing it in a few months.and is in the process of moving to Portland. The person in the store was not sure if she would re open there. Everything will still be available on line. It was great to see her original work. I did buy patterns, but not much material, as I have so many batiks that would work. I just could not justify the kit when I have so much on hand.
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so glad to see this thread too. I really like her patterns but couldn't figure out how it would work.
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Old 08-12-2013, 03:02 PM
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I'm glad to see this thread....I signed up for the Wind in the Whiskers BOM and haven't

This is the one I want to make. Too bad we can't work together.
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