Did somebody say applique?
March 1, 2011 § 8 Comments
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not very good at applique. By machine OR by hand. But for some reason there is an abundance of applique going on at the moment. Tia, in my Flickr quilting bee, requested Baltimore Album type applique blocks but with a more funky Gothic sort of twist.
Tia sent us the fabric and we had to come up with the inspiration. At the moment I really love the Tree of Life quilt (on the left) from the book Applique Outside the Lines by Piece O’ Cake and the Folk Art Quilt from Kaffe Fassett’s Museum Quilts book. It would be really fun to some how combine elements from both of these into a whole quilt. I don’t know what it is about those folk art shapes, but I am imagining all sorts of possibilities.
I am really, really slow at hand applique… so I am making these blocks using a machine applique method that Carolyn teaches at the shop where I work. She is really, really good at this. Me? I have some practicing to do. Essentially, what she does is cut out the shapes from freezer paper and iron them onto the back side of the fabric. Then trim the fabric close leaving maybe 3/16 to 1/8 to turn under. Paint spray starch around the seam edges and press under with that small iron above. The starch makes the edges nice and crisp and stiff. Pull out the freezer paper and then glue the shapes to the background fabric with Roxanne’s basting glue. Use a teeny tiny zig zag stitch all around the shapes to sew them down.
If you live in the area you really need to take a class from her! If you don’t live around here, her method is sort of similar to Kim Diehl’s applique method described in her books. Yet it’s not. Carolyn has added her own spin on it and her work is beautiful! Mine? Please don’t look to closely!
You can see some of the leaf pieces that I’m working on. The freezer paper is ironed onto the wrong side of the fabric and then trimmed down to a small seam allowance.
This is my second block for Tia. But I had to resort to fusible web applique on the hands because I just could not get the edges to turn under. I’m sure Carolyn could have made it work. But I need more practice!