Fussy Cutting and Broderie Perse – Fancy Applique Tutorial

Broderie perse applique tutorial from Shiny Happy World

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There are two kinds of applique that rely on the print of the fabric you’re using – fussy cutting and broderie perse.

A lot of you have probably done fussy cutting without even realizing it has a name. It’s when you carefully position your applique template to incorporate images printed on the fabric.

I did it on this Paper Doll quilt block to make sure the top T.A.R.D.I.S. was centered on the V-neck and the bottom ones were lined up with the hem.

example of fussy cut applique for a tutorial from Shiny Happy World

I also did it on this haunted house quilt block, to make sure there was a bat flying in the center of each window, and the skull was centered on the door.

example of fussy cut applique for a tutorial from Shiny Happy World

Fussy cutting is easy. It just means paying attention when you position your templates. You can hold your fabric and templates up to a window so you can see really well where your outlines are falling.

Broderie perse is similar, in that it uses motifs printed on the fabric. But with broderie perse – the images ARE the templates. You’re cutting out the images on one fabric and appliqueing them to another. It’s traditionally done with flowers – but you can do it with anything you like!

Heres how I used broderie perse to add a couple of cute trick-or-treaters to one of my Shiny Happy Houses quilt blocks – designed especially for Halloween.

You have to start with adorable fabric. I’m using two fabrics from Dear Stella that are designed to work together.

Fun fabrics to use for Broderie perse applique technique - tutorial from Shiny Happy World

Bundle Me Up is the fabric with the sweet animals faces, hands, and feet – but no bodies. Costume Party is the fabric with all the fun costumes for those critters to wear. So clever!

Broderie perse applique tutorial from Shiny Happy World

Roughly cut out the image you want (like the fox in this picture). Back it with fusible adhesive, and then cut the image out neatly (like the dress and crown).

Broderie perse applique tutorial from Shiny Happy World

The dress in this example already has little slippers attached, so when I cut out the fox neatly I decided to cut away the lower part of the body. It would have been hidden anyway and this makes assembly easier – I don’t have to line things up as perfectly.

I’m such a lazypants. 🙂

Broderie perse applique tutorial from Shiny Happy World

After that it’s applique as usual.

Position the critter first, then the costume and fuse it down with everything else in your block.

I stitched around all my pieces in simple black thread for a nice cartoony look. I added a couple of pumpkin buttons for their trick or treat pails, and – of course – some spider buttons on all that magnificent glow-in-the-dark spiderwebbing. (You can get that fabric here. It’s from Timeless Treasures and I think it makes a fabulous background for a Halloween block.)

Have fun with broderie perse! It will make you look at your fabrics a whole different way. 🙂

Happy stitching!

Best,
Wendi
Wendi Gratz from Shiny Happy World

Halloween Giveaway! Fabric and Buttons!

Halloween giveaway from Shiny Happy World

For this month’s Shiny Happy Houses quilt blocks I made haunted houses!

So much fun!

Regular house patterns + Halloween fabric + spooky buttons = Fun Haunted Houses!

Make fun applique haunted house blocks with the fabric and buttons in this giveaway from Shiny Happy World.

Now that I’ve made my blocks – I’m giving away my leftover fabric!

There are 13 (lucky!) fabrics in the bundle and you get 1/4 – 1/2 yard of each. You’ll get a large handful of fun buttons too – spiders, pumpkins, bats, spooky eyes and more.

Giveaway closes on Tuesday 9/13 (again with the 13!) and I’ll announce the winner on Wednesday the 14th. It’s open to almost everyone in the world. (Read the fine print if you think you may be in one of the few countries that doesn’t allow this kind of giveaway.) Sorry – the giveaway is closed now.

Happy Halloween!

Best,
Wendi
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Make fun applique haunted house blocks with the fabric and buttons in this giveaway from Shiny Happy World.

Shiny Happy Haunted Houses

Haunted Houses - quilt pattern from Shiny Happy World

If you have the Shiny Happy Houses quilt pattern, you can use it to make a whole different quilt just by switching out the fabrics. Make a fun haunted house quilt!

For this block the arch templates that I usually use for doors and windows became fun tombstones! I used ghost and creepy eyeball buttons for extra Halloween fun. And of course – the Halloween-themed fabrics make it easy. 🙂

There’s a tutorial here showing how to do some fussy-cut applique.

Shiny Happy Haunted House with fussy cut trick-or-treaters. Fun!

That’s how I made these adorable trick-or-treaters!

It’s Haunted House Week here at Shiny Happy World. The Shiny Happy People group on Facebook is already on board – I’ve seen two awesome haunted houses over there already!

Happy Monday!

Best,
Wendi
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How to Add Fake Trapunto Applique Pieces to Your Quilts

How to Do Fake Trapunto Applique - a video tutorial from Shiny Happy World

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See the tree in that quilt block?

It’s puffy – like traditional trapunto.

But I didn’t use the (crazy labor-intensive) traditional trapunto technique. I used a fun and easy fake trapunto applique technique I developed to give the monsters in this quilt googly eyes, like this. . .

Calling them "faux trapunto eyes with needle sculpted pupils" makes them sound really hard to make - and they're not - so I just call them googly eyes. :-)

So much fun!

Here’s the video tutorial showing how to do it.

You can use this technique for clouds and trees, like I show in the video, but also for any relatively simple shape. Just choose something big enough to be able to turn it right side out after sewing, with an outline that’s primarily gentle curves or wide points.

By the way – the houses shown in the video are all made with the Shiny Happy Houses quilt pattern.

Have fun with it!

Best,
Wendi
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Spend August in My Shiny Happy Neighborhood :-)

August desktop wallpaper from Shiny Happy World

Happy August!

I built this month’s wallpaper using three of my favorite blocks from the Shiny Happy Houses quilt pattern. 🙂

Here’s the free wallpaper in common sizes for computers, tablets and phones. . .

Download the 2560×1440 wallpaper.
Download the 1920×1280 wallpaper.
Download the 1280×800 wallpaper.
Download the iPhone wallpaper.
Download the iPad wallpaper.

I don’t have an iDevice, but I’ve heard that changing the wallpaper on iPhones and iPads can be tricky if you’ve never done it before. Here’s a tutorial I found that looks pretty clear.

Enjoy!

Best,
Wendi

Shiny Happy Houses Quilt Club

Shiny Happy Houses quilt club at Shiny Happy World

The next house patterns in the Shiny Happy Houses Quilt Club go out tomorrow morning to all club members!

This month’s pattern comes with a fun new tutorial for doors that will open. 🙂

Here’s a little peek at the houses that have been released so far. There are houses in whimsical colors. . .

whimsical house collection from the Shiny Happy Houses Quilt Club

. . . houses in more conventional colors. . .

conventional houses in the Shiny Happy Houses Quilt Club

. . . and even fun gingerbread houses.

gingerbread house

Every month club members get three house patterns and a fun idea for a way to play with them. 🙂

Get all the details and sign up here.

The club is closed now – but you can get the finished Shiny Happy Houses pattern (including all the extra tutorials) here.

Happy quilting!

Best,
Wendi
Wendi Gratz from Shiny Happy World

A Peek at My Shiny Happy Neighborhood-in-Progress

Shiny Happy Houses Quilt Club - the blocks so far

I’m putting the finishing touches on the new house block patterns going out this weekend and I thought I’d share a look at all my house blocks so far. Remember – I’m working on three different house quilts in three different styles and color palettes. Most people in the club are only making one. 🙂

Up top is my whimsical neighborhood – with houses in colors that most people don’t use in real life. I love them! There’s an extra house in this group because it’s what I used to make the video demo showing how to put everything together. 🙂

Shiny Happy Houses Quilt Club - the blocks so far

This is my more conventional neighborhood. The houses are still wonky and fun, but the colors are more like what you’d see driving down the streets of an actual neighborhood.

Shiny Happy Houses Quilt Club - the blocks so far

And this is my gingerbread quilt. 🙂 All the houses are gingerbread color with candy trim and lots of extras – like beading, extra stitching, buttons, and rickrack “snow” on the roof.

I’m having so much fun with these blocks! And it’s been absolutely fantastic to see the houses that members are making! Pop into the Shiny Happy People group on Facebook to see! Here’s just one fabulous example – this one from Terri.

Terri's awesome houses from the Shiny Happy Houses quilt club

Want to join the club? It’s never too late! If you sign up now you get instant access to all the pattern pieces and all the emails that have gone out so far. The next mailing goes out this Sunday 4/3.

Updated – The club has finished, so if you order the pattern now you get it all in one big download.

Get the Shiny Happy Houses pattern here.

Happy quilting!

Best,
Wendi
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We’re Building Shiny Happy Houses!

Shiny Happy Houses quilt club at Shiny Happy World

The first blocks in the Shiny Happy Houses Quilt-Along went out yesterday and I can’t wait to see what you all start building!

I’m still getting quite a few questions about the club, so I’m going to answer them here. . .

Is it too late to join?

Update : Nope. The Quilt-Along is over now, but you can still get the pattern and all the tutorials here.

I’ve never done Quilt As You Go. Will it have instructions?

The first club email has links to all my QAYG videos, including the two most important ones – What Is QAYG and How to Get Started and How to Assemble Your Blocks and Finish Your Quilt. It’s easy and fun and makes the whole quilting process a million times more enjoyable. You’re going to love it! 🙂

I’ve never made a quilt before. Can I make other things with these blocks?

Of course! You can make them into pillows, wall hangings, tote bags, table runners, placemats and more. I’ll be adding tutorials for lots of these projects throughout the year.

I’m afraid it will be too hard. Can you tell me more about the difficulty?

Probably the best thing to do is watch this video that went out in the first email. It has all the basic instructions for how to assemble any of the blocks. Watch me do it and you’ll see how easy and fun it’s going to be. 🙂

That’s it! It’s a Shiny Happy Houses Quilt-Along. 🙂 You can sign up here and join in the fun!

Happy quilting!

Best,
Wendi
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Introducing Shiny Happy Houses – a Quilt Club for 2016!

Shiny Happy Houses quilt club at Shiny Happy WorldFor a few years now I’ve been getting a lot of requests for a quilt block of the month club. I’ve been working on it for the last couple of months, and as I worked on it evolved into something that’s not quite a block of the month club. I think it’s even more fun!

It’s the Shiny Happy Houses Quilt Club!

I love house quilts, and as I was working on twelve different designs for a traditional style BOM club, I realized that I wanted to design more than twelve houses. And that it would be lots and lots of fun to mix & match the parts – just like the Paper Dolls quilt. 🙂

So I started tweaking the designs so that the pieces were sized to mix and match with each other in loads of different combinations. And then when I started making up samples I knew I needed to make up some in traditional colors. . .

Shiny Happy Houses quilt club at Shiny Happy World

. . .for those who wanted to make quilts that look like their neighborhood, as well as crazy whimsical colors (what you see in the top image) for people like me who would dearly love to live in Oswald’s Big City.

Oswald's Big City

And then it got closer to Christmas and I realized that the same patterns would make terrific gingerbread houses – with lots of fun trims added, of course.

Shiny Happy Houses quilt club at Shiny Happy World

So here’s what evolved. . .

Sign up for the club now. (It’s the same price as a regular pattern!)

On January 3 you’ll get all the pattern pieces, all labeled with numbers, ready to print on fusible adhesive. You’ll also get specific instructions for the first three blocks – one in each style.

Every month after that for the rest of the year you’ll get an email with instructions for three more blocks. By the end of the year I’ll have shown you how to make 36 different blocks – and you’ll have all the tools and skills needed to make many more than that if you like!

There’s more, but I’ll leave the rest for the shop listing. Go get all the nitty gritty details and sign up! 🙂

Update: The Club is closed now, but you can still get the pattern with all the extra tutorials and fun ideas. Just follow any of those links!

Happy quilting!

Best,
Wendi
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