I have been working on hand appliqué this week - putting vines on this cherry quilt. At least I think they are cherries. They might be cherry blossoms. This is a Jillily quilt design from a past AP&Q magazine. Hand appliqué is my favorite sewing method. I grew up with hand embroidery and helping my mother cross stitch pre-printed quilt tops. When I found hand appliqué, I felt right at home.
This quilt requires that the entire top be sewn together first and then the appliqué added. This makes a lot of bulk to hold onto when sewing on the appliqué. Sometimes I use a hoop and sometimes not. Once in awhile I accidentally catch the folded under fabric in one of my stitches and have a little backtracking to do. The vines are sewn on in quadrants and each is identical. I have finished two quadrants so far.
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