Learning to Machine Applique

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On Saturday I took my first quilting class by Karen Kay Buckley where we learned how to machine applique.

Karen was gracious enough to snap a photo with me after a long day of learning and sewing:

Karen Kay Buckley & I
Karen Kay Buckley & I

In addition to learning and playing with a machine applique piece, I also went shopping at her display.

I bought an adjustable square which I am sure will save me a lot of time and money on individual rulers. This gives me as small as 4″ and as large as 24.5″ to square up my quilt! Here is a video link of Karen demonstrating the ruler.

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Since we were at an applique class and needed some sharp scissors that cut really accurately I was intrigued by Karen’s Perfect scissors. I got the blue pair which is the medium or 6″ blade. I started using them right away in class and I do not regret the decision. here is Karen explaining her scissor design.

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I enjoyed the process so much that I purchased some circle templates. I had bought a bag of buttons at my guild meeting last week so I thought maybe I could make some circle pieces with buttons in the center.


I loved the class so much that I purchased a pattern by Karen entitled “Majestic Mosaics”. Our quilt guild is having their quilt show in October 2015 and I’m considering doing a quilt top using this pattern. I might do a table runner with one of each square or a wall hanging as I only just learned the technique this weekend!


When I got back from my long day of learning, I found this note that my 9 year old daughter left for me:

Hi! mommy how are you? I hope you had a fun time at your thing.  Love: (signature)
Hi! mommy how are you? I hope you had a fun time at your thing.
Love: (signature)

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Elizabeth Ruth

Elizabeth Ruth

Elizabeth is a children's book author and designer of knit and crochet character hats under the brand The Ruthless Crafter. In her spare time she loves to read, watch movies, spend time with her family, and swim. She lives a full, happy life in Kitchener, Ontario with her husband and their two children.

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