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Daughter decided she wants Faith Hope and Love wall hangings for her house - anyone used McKenna Ryan patters before? I haven't and am unsure about them. Just hoping someone can give me some feedback about them before I spend the $$ - they are pricey, as will be the fabrics.

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Comment by Kathy Hylton on September 29, 2010 at 7:08am
Yes, this is very helpful! I ordered the patterns (the set) on Ebay and got them for about half price! That's good. Today I'll go to my quilt shop to see what is there for this project - I presume it will take me a while to collect what I need. I will post as I go... and thanks again. My plan is to do a combination of techniques - I have a lot to learn also - that's why this is going to be a challenge - but that's good. I usually get bored when I get something accomplished - then I look for a new challenge. That's what this is turning into. We'll see how it goes.
Comment by Nancy/NC on September 29, 2010 at 7:00am
I love her stuff too, have a few coffee patterns, guess I need to try & play with one & see. That new set, Kathy, is beautiful, would love to have some of them too! The kits are pricey, but getting all the right fabrics for one block at a time, would be nice too.... I like some of the ideas & suggestions posted here! Thanks everyone, you have given me alot more ideas on doing this type of project!
Comment by Terry F on September 29, 2010 at 6:55am
Kathy, good luck with this project. I love applique but have a lot to learn. I hope you will show us your progress and tell us how the different methods are working as you go along?
Comment by Diane Gunter/Canada on September 28, 2010 at 3:29pm
Kathy go to Mckenna Ryan's site and look up 'All Cooped up'. That is what the store is doing.
Comment by Kathy Hylton on September 28, 2010 at 1:36pm
You are so right... there are some really tiny pieces... perhaps it could be a combination of the needleturn and the raw edge. I'm thinking if the raw edge is "faced" with the Steam a Seam it will lay better... then can be blanket stitched down.. Just meandering through my skills to figure out how to make this work... lol... They are so beautiful - I think I have to try something.. even if it raw edge. I would love to see the Rooster and FLowers or a sample of it if you get a chance to post a pic. Thanks for the thoughts... it really is helpful. and I don't have 100 years! lol
Comment by Diane Gunter/Canada on September 28, 2010 at 9:30am
Have you had a really close look at her patterns? I am like you in that I love needleturn applique. BUT I do not think you could do her patterns that way unless you have 100 years. Some of the pieces are so tiny. BUT if you do manage to do it let me know how!!! I have bought 4 of her patterns and I just look at them. Our LQS is doing her Rooster and Flowers one now and I keep looking at it. But I do not care for raw edge applique so I let the other ladies do them and admire them from afar.
Comment by Kathy Hylton on September 28, 2010 at 9:11am
I'm wondering if I could applique a different method than the raw edge? I learned the needle-turn method and have practiced with it a lot.. I'm thinking if I cut around the patterns to allow for the extra 1/4" to turn under, it would work... am I thinking correctly?
Comment by Kathy Hylton on September 28, 2010 at 9:10am
Thank you so much for your comments... I think I'll bid on the pattern set I saw on E-bay... they are still pricey but a little bit saved this way. Next I'll find the fabrics... I saw fabric sets but I'm thinking about selecting my own for these after the patterns arrive. I go to a small shop in the woods.. loveley - "Cottage Quilting" and they carry a lot of the Hoffman batiks.. and I can supplement with selections elsewhere. I think I'll save money this way, what do you think?
Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on September 27, 2010 at 9:47pm
McKenna's fabrics are really beautiful and she uses them to good effect in her patterns. I have done several of her designs and loved every one of them. She recommends Steam-a-Seam Lite, which is a little different from Lite Steam-a-Seam 2 (paper on one side only, and the fusible web doesn't separate prematurely), but it is older and a little harder to find. I have found it at Hancock's of Padukah by the yard. JoAnn's has also had it occasionally in packages of 9 x 12 sheets. She seems to have recently re-issued the ones you are describing in slightly brighter color-ways than the originals. I like the new fabric better. Dexterity with very sharp scissors is a must, and a teflon applique sheet works wonders for layering the pieces then transferring them as a block onto the background.
Comment by Jennifer Evans on September 27, 2010 at 8:11pm
I did all of her coffee series and one of her Italian food series. They all turned out lovely. They are all raw edge. I just straight stitched very close but not right on the edge to secure the pieces, using an applique foot. I also framed the coffee ones to inhibit fraying over time. I also wanted them under UV protected glass because I wanted them in a sunny spot. I think I might have a picture of the coffee ones posted.

I agree the patterns are expensive, but they did turn out beautifully and I don't regret doing them.

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