I thought of trying applique the other day, not even knowing which direction I should go, I searched the web for basic application of applique. Seeing how simple it was I started straight away. I started tracing basic shapes like circles, hearts , triangles and squares on cardboard.
Using anything I could find, like different size bottle caps (for circles) I started tracing them on cardboard and cutting them out.
From there I played around mixing them up, using the sharp edges of the heats and circles I made flowers too.
Even putting some of these shapes together made pretty designs.
That was when I thought of making a small but simple flowers with stems wall hanging quilt using my applique templates. Again not sure where I will end up I arranged them on a piece of fabric to see the sizes of the flowers and ended up cutting 4, 10" blocks.
I roughly cut a piece of colour printed fabric that I wanted to use for the flowers, stems and leaves and ironed a strip of applique paper to the back of the fabric. I then traced the designs on the applique paper and cut them out.
I used 3 different colour print fabrics for the whole quilt.
Pulling the paper from the back of the applique, I ironed on the flower making sure I applied the heat long enough to make it stick to the fabric.
Before I started stitching the design to the fabric I pinned a piece of wash away stabilizer to the back, to secure it nicely and to make sure the fabric wont pucker up.
As this was a test quilt, and I wanted to see what I can do, I tried different filler free motion quilting on each of the four blocks. Again Leah's designs came in very handy and used Stippling, Wandering Clover, Paisley and Echo-Arches.
Referring back to Leah's quilt along #7 I pieced the blocks together using binding strips, following her instructions was easy and I will definitely use this method again
I enjoyed playing around with this little wall hanging quilt, and found a spot in my sewing room to put it up.
|Flowers and stems applique wall hanging quilt|