The Applique Bug Has Bitten

I was fortunate enough to attend an amazing Applique class over the weekend! I was almost too last minute, but a sweet friend allowed me to take her ticket! Instead, she spend her National Quilting Day sewing with a different group of ladies from the guild, and we joined up in the afternoon for sewing, chatting, and eating a bit of chocolate!

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I started class on a good note. I’m using Liberty of London fabric with a linen background. Liberty is fabric sold in the UK, and it’s quite difficult to attain here in the good ‘ole US of A. It has a distinct look, which I like, unfortunately for the wallet! Many of the prints are well suited to applique, as the flowers or motifs are small.

The pattern is a fleur de lis, which has a gorgeous rich history! It seemed so fitting for my first “real” applique. I’ve done many handwork pieces, and a few even applique ones. But this is “big girl” applique, doing an entire block. The pattern was designed by our teacher, so it is copyrighted, and well it should be!

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We learned the ins and outs of making the pattern, then transferring it, then getting our stitches just so. It was thoroughly fascinating to watch a master applique artist and learn the techniques for this design. I’m falling hard for this type of handwork, and I see so much more of this in my future! Here’s the current block, all ready for the next leg of the journey!

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Do you love applique? 

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2 thoughts on “The Applique Bug Has Bitten

  1. I can’t believe you finished the block that you just started this past weekend! Good for you! My favorite quilts combine piecing and appliqué, but I am often in such a hurry to finish a quilt that I bypass appliqué.

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    • I do so wish I could say it was already complete! I’m finished with just the center portion in this picture. I look forward to showing the entire design once it’s finished! I’m enjoying it, though, as it’s one single block, with not too much commitment! I think piecing with applique would be gorgeous!

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