New fabric and new inspiration
Working on the last quilt sparked a renewed interest in appliqué for me. After looking at a couple of pattern and technique sources I decided on a Kim Diehl book, Simple Appliqué. This was a perfect choice, wonderful instructions ( I need to be reaquainted with appliqué ) and a pattern for a beautiful quilt that consists of 4 panels.
Since before my pennyrugs days, I have loved the look and the process of appliqué quilts. Stitching penny rugs was one of my favourite needleart forms. But remembering a book I had when I was in my twenties ( not that long ago ! ) Ha Ha , and exploring needlework and just how I wanted to apply my needle…we didn’t have the Internet then , it was either books or magazines or someone who would teach you. Between my grandmother and mother I learned about knitting , hand embroidery and basic quilting but I seem to be on my own about the appliqué work…it really intrigued me but my first attempts were sad looking ones but I believe everything comes full circle….eventually :). That’s where I am now. The prep work is tedious, cutting the template pieces out of freezer paper. Then the fabric. But I love the stitching of each piece onto its permanent home.
Pressing the edges over and making the stems and arranging the leaves. I really did toss the idea back and forth between machine stitching and hand stitching the appliques pieces and hand stitching won 🙂 I’m very pleased with the process so far , it doesn’t take metres and metres of fabric, just bits here and there. Sometimes a 1/4 of a metre is all that is needed when I see a fabric in rich colours and patterns. I can see the fabric stash growing a little lol
Thanks for dropping by, have a great weekend crafting at what makes you happy.