Its all about my new favourite thing, which combines so well with my old favourite thing.
New Thing: Wool Applique
Old Thing: Quilting
See what I mean. They go together like cookies and milk, or perhaps dark chocolate and red wine (another new favourite thing, but I digress). Today we are talking about how wonderful wool appliqué looks on quilts. Adding a wool appliqué border almost guarantees that your ordinarily lovely quilt top will be transformed into a thing of beauty…with almost no effort on your part.
Seriously if you can cut out a basic shape from freezer paper, iron it onto a scrap of wool and cut it out, you have already mastered the basics of wool appliqué.
This form of appliqué absolutely inspires me, because I can get from the picture in my head, to the quilt block in almost no time at all. For example, yesterday about 4:00 p.m. I wandered into my sewing room, with a plan in my head to make a block on my new appliqué quilt. According to my plan, the block had to be 6 1/2 by 12 1/2. It took only a few few minutes of searching on Pinterest (wool appliqué ideas) to find a photo that inspired me. THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE AMAZING ARTISTS OUT THERE IN THE PINTERVERSE who post their photos.
- By 4:10 I had a rough drawing on freezer paper
- By 4:13 I had chosen a scrap of fabric a bit larger than 6 1/2 by 12 1/2 for my background
- By 4:30 I had cut out 3 leaves and 3 stems for the flowers
- By 4:35 I had cut out the vase sections
- By 4:55 I had cut out the flower shapes.
Thats less than an hour folks…Remember there is virtually no prep work needed for wool applique, other than spraying the edges with a adhesive sealer of some kind to ensure they don’t fray and you probably don’t even have to do that if your project will be a wall hanging or a pillow.
All there is left to do is appliqué the pieces to the background. I always use appliqué pins to hold everything in place, but I’ve heard of folks using a stapler to do this part. After I’m satisfied with the arrangement, I decide what to sew first, second, etc., as there is definitely an order of things.
In this case, I sewed
- the stems on first (note to self, spend a bit more time reading tutorials on different methods to sewing on stems) – 30 minutes
- then the leaves were applied – 30 minutes
- the top of the vase – 10 minutes
- the base of the vase – 15 minutes
- the flowers – picky little devils if I do say so myself *look for simple shapes for the first few projects. These were simple, but had lots of curves which are somehow difficult to manoeuvre. – 60 minutes
And just like that the block was finished, except for pressing and squaring up (which I will do before I add the block to the quilt top). Seriously the whole thing was finished before SURVIVOR 2nd CHANCES started at 9:00 p.m.
I know that adds up to 5 hours, which many of you will say is not a quick way to make a 6 1/2 by 12 1/2 block, but it is certainly quicker than doing a needle turn appliqué block. AND…I took a two hour break in the middle for supper, walking the dogs, reading e-mails, etc.
O, here is a picture of my finished block.
IMHO, its beautiful.
And, it just goes to show you that any old dog can learn a new trick, if she wants to….just saying.