Sunday, November 10, 2013

Visions of Applique Dancing in My Head

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.


Teresa in Music City said...

Oh I remember those days - yearning to learn how to applique well enough to make a beloved quilt of my own.... and now I can, and you will too!!! Keep learning everything you can and get advice from those who do it well. Once you can do it so that you are happy with it, it is so much fun to do :) I can see why Carla's quilt inspired you - it's gorgeous!!! And I think maybe if you add some more color as you go along on your hand-pieced quilt, the orange may be okay. You know I love the pop of color! :)

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Carla's quilt is an inspiration for sure! I have done simple applique only thus far but am fooling around with a project now ( well, not now but I started it a few weeks ago to work on here and there when I had time ) and I intend to just enjoy it for color and the flowers and such and not expect's for learning. I love flowers and gardening and I thought this would be some flowers to grow over the winter :)

Prima Donna said...

Thanks, Deb.

Ellen said...

I am a beginner at applique as well and I just love Carla's quilt too. One day, with lots of practice, I just may be able to make a gorgeous applique quilt too and so will you! We all have to start at the beginning....

Quilter Kathy said...

I am at the same stage as you... really wanting to improve in my applique knowledge and practice.
I started with very simple shapes and find I am much better at those and ready to move on to harder shapes.
Thanks for linking up and sharing your journey!

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