The joy of appliqué

I really like needle-turn appliqué. Making this quilt provided me with a challenge in several ways

My middle daughter has been waiting a while to see her 21st quilt as a finished top, and now it is finished after 18 months work. It is a Kim McLean design from Kaffe Fasset’s book Quilt Romance. It was predominantly made from his fabrics with one or two Amy Butler ones thrown in. All the appliqué is done by hand and the piecing by machine.

I enjoyed stitching this design as it is traditional with a modern twist. Initially I found the use of the bright prints difficult as I was trying to “fussy cut” which is almost impossible with Kaffe Fasset fabrics. Once I got over that faze it was much easier.

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The centre heart is an Amy Butler fabric which Laura loved and fortunately for the quilt maker (mum) there was a reflection in the pattern which enabled me to match the centre to form the heart. The dark appliqué detail around heart was a huge challenge and took a very long time.
The next challenge is the quilting which I will do on my long arm machine. It has to be done by early May 2013 for the Eastwood Patchwork Quilters Biennial Exhibition.

This entry was published on November 29, 2012 at 5:33 pm. It’s filed under my work, quilts, Stitching and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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