Applique seems to stay in my head lately. I want to learn to do this. It would be the perfect portable project, too. I just think I would really enjoy it. A week ago I took a class at a LQS. I did learn a few things, but not nearly enough. I've watched some good, instructional videos on YouTube, too. Last week I ordered a book by Mimi Dietrich called Baltimore Blocks for Beginners. This book is so informative! It is so simple and yet has so many good tips and instructions. here's a photo of it along with the back basting piece we started in the class.
As you can see, I did not finish it. We ran out of time in class and I didn't feel I was doing a good job on it. On my first project I am probably going follow Mimi's instructions to the letter. Look how simple, yet, beautiful the block on the book cover is.
I have shown you some patterns I have here. But, I think I need to do some of Mimi's patterns in this book first, in order to really learn this art. I have found inspiration in the Red and Green quilt that Carla at A Few of My Favorite Things blog has appliqued and is now hand-quilting. That is a quilt to aspire to...eventually. I also ordered a block of the month (BOM) from The Cotton Patch Shoppe online. It is called Blackbird Lane and includes pieced blocks and an applique border. This is the first BOM I have ordered online. I love the Fall colors.
Today I am slowly but surely continuing to add to my hand-pieced medallion quilt. Not sure the orange fabrics in my stash are going to work on this latest row. Kind of sticks out like a sore thumb.
I am linking up to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching here.