Monday, April 9, 2012

Designing Monday



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.

Check out Judy's blog to see what others are working on.


14 comments:

  1. very pretty. even when I am doing a small block I sometimes catch the back.

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  2. This is such a pretty little design. Hand Applique is something I've never been able to get into. I admire your ability!

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  3. Nice quilt. I love the appliqued stems..."I don't touch the needle"
    Jane

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  4. Love your applique you are working on. It just speaks of summertime :)

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  5. I, too, love to hand applique! Many of the quilts I do just beg for embellishment such as you are doing! Which issue of APQ did you get the pattern from (I have every issue)? That's definitely my style of quilt!!! Beautiful work! Hugs,Doreen

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  6. P.S. Have put you on my "Follow List"!-D

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  7. There is something about those of us who enjoy applique, it just draws us to each other. What a sweet quilt! Love it!

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  8. Wonderful! I also love applique and it is perfect after you spend your childhood cross stitching!

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  9. Looks great.Can't wait to see the whole thing.

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  10. Love the stems, gives it so much motion!!

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