Wednesday, March 23, 2011

applique inspiration

Our April meeting is going to be all about applique! Lucky for us, Kathy is quite an expert on the topic. She'll be teaching us several different techniques including: a freezer paper method, needleturn, and the back-basting method. She'll also talk about raw edge & fusible options. While applique is a traditional method, it can be used in modern applications (uh, no pun intended). We gleaned a few photos of some lovely projects to whet your appetite...

Completed Joseph's coat for Charming Mini Swap - or - Starfish in the sand
by Cut to Pieces

Scrappy Applique Pillow - 2
by Susan Weinroth

The Tree Quilt Leaves
by Lisa Alexander

Ornament Mini Quilt - 1
by Twin Fibers

Black bird & hexie pillow
by Where the Orchids Grow

In Kathy's class, we'll be working on practice pieces rather than a particular project and focusing on techniques. But this will help you start planning applique projects and give you the know how to turn your ideas into finished pieces. Here are the details for our upcoming class...

When: Wednesday, April 13, 2011; 6:30pm [note corrected date!]
Where: Suppose classroom, 21 North State Street, Preston, Idaho
What to bring:
  • 3 fabric squares for background, each at least 10" x 10"
  • colored fabric scraps, at least 5, 6" x 6" pieces
  • pins
  • fabric scissors
  • paper scissors
  • Roxanne's Glue-Baste It
  • fabric marking pencil or blue water-erasable pen
  • extra fine black Sharpie pen
  • travel or craft iron
  • personal pressing mat w/ pressing cloth to cover it
  • milliner's or straw needles, size 11 (long & thin)
  • large household needle (for basting)
  • our teacher will provide freezer paper, spray starch, q-tips, kabob sticks, & thread samples.
(no sewing machine needed)


  1. I am so excited! Those examples are so cute! I love modern appliqueing!

  2. Is the class free? What do you have to do to join? I am a beginner and the supply list sounds a bit daunting :) so can i come and watch?

  3. Oh, good question Kris! The class is free for guild members and it's just $10 to join the guild for the year. I'd say bring whatever you already have from the supply list and if you're missing a few things, don't worry you can probably share, because it's definitely worth trying.

  4. so is this happening on the 24th for real? or is it the 20th? just don't want to miss it . . .

  5. aah! that's a typo. sorry! it's April 13!