TBT ~ The “A” Word

Of course we are talking about applique here. I love the look of applique, but I’m not very good at it. I do like this attempt. The shapes are very simple.

But still far from perfect.

This was part of an applique border. Notice the overlapping leaves to avoid that inside V.

More very simple shapes.

This machine appliqué was all done on my embroidery machine. Perfect for a kid quilt, but I don’t care for the satin stitch look for traditional stuff.

Here is my non-applique applique. The leaves are fused, but not stitched. I just quilted over top.

Here is my most recent applique piece progress.

I stopped when I got to those leaves. Heaven help me!

I do want to finish this…… I really do…..but applique is hard. I don’t foresee anyBaltimore album quilts in my future.

Hav a great day!

About katyquilts

I am a wife, mom of four amazing kids, and a librarian. I have been making traditional quilts for ages but have ventured into art qulting in the last several years. I also love to knit socks and mittens and dye my own fabric. I am thankful to God my Father and Creator for the gift of creativity!
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4 Responses to TBT ~ The “A” Word

  1. dezertsuz says:

    So your style is more folk art, and I see nothing wrong with anything you did here. It’s quite appealing!

  2. Sandi says:

    All of it looks wonderful! Applique is my favorite type of quilt. I do needle turn because after trying several different ways that turned out to be the easiest for me. I am not very good at Applique on my machine. Hugs,

  3. Anne says:

    Katy – A friend taught me a shortcut way to get the hand sewn look with machine applique. Prepare your shapes with the freezer paper method (paper on top with 1/8″ seam allowance and clip all seams. Then on the back, apply glue stick and use the paper as a guide to turn down the edges with a toothpick). Fuse into position and machine applique with matching thread and a tiny wide-spaced zig-zag stitch. It’s nearly invisible and only a little stiffer than needle-turned shapes.

  4. Amy says:

    Katy I find applique a challenge, and I have made few projects. I think applique wall hangings and quilts are just beautiful. I even have a few quilt kits set aside just waiting for my skill set to improve. Do you have the book “Simply Successful Applique” by Jeanne Sullivan? It is a very good book, very helpful to me. Honestly, I think your applique looks pretty darn good…don’t be so hard on yourself!

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