Thursday

How To Type The Word "Appliqué" On A Mac

Why am I writing about this? Because when I search for tutorials about appliqués, I sometimes find the word spelled applique. Now, both appliqué and applique are French words, except the first one is pronounced "applikay" and the second one is pronounced "appleek". Eek!

I'm bilingual and so are all my Macs: the desktop as well as my two iPads.

Monday

The Appliqué Journey - Cont'd

Are you still with me on this appliqué journey?

Good! Because I have some good news, and as of today, my appliquéing (is there even such a word?)  techniques are going to improve greatly, thanks to some fine bloggers.

The first one is Melissa and her delightful blog is called Sew Like My Mom.

In this first post, she gives some basic instructions:


This next amazingly well done tutorial is all about how to sew curves (monograms, here I come!):


And this one is invaluable if you're into appliqués compliqués:


They have a huge list of appliqué projects in their project index.

There are plenty more sources of information and inspiration, and I'm going to have a lot of fun exploring them and learning from them!

NEXT: How To Type The Word "Appliqué" On A Mac

Sunday

Do You Appliqué?

As I hinted earlier, I'm learning to make some bags. A future project is a big tote bag like this one, but with a monogram on the pocket. (The black square is the pocket.)

My First Tote Bag
I checked some YouTube videos to see how it was done, and kept running into how to use certain brands of fusible interfaces that are sticky on both sides and I don't have such a product around.

Wonder Tape would have to do.

I also thought of looking for letters on Google, but in fact all I had to do was fire up Word, select the letter I liked, make it the size I wanted, print it out, and voilà!

For my first attempt I chose the font Jester.

I printed out a big G.

I cut it out.