April Showers, Bugs, Beetles, and Flowers, and my favorite Hand Applique Tools
The Island Batik Ambassador Theme this month is April Showers.
I sketched and sketched bugs and beetles and flowy flowers.
All of which I planned to Hand Applique.
The “Beetle” Won! 🙂
That would be a Volkswagen Beetle.
A perfect “twist” to this months theme.
The technique I chose for this month is hand applique, also called Needle Turn Applique.
After stabbing my fingers a hundred times over, I began to wonder why I decided on this technique!
Answer: Because the final result of the quilt is well worth the needle pricked fingers and the time.
The Island Batik Fabrics Featured are Crystal Cove Island Stacks. 42 pieces of scrumptious fabric designs.
Not one to normally use pre-cuts, I loved the challenge of using only what was in the stack. I could have added some other Island Batik fabrics. But I think it’s kind of fun to be able to make a project with what’s in the package.
Well – I did cheat – just a little
The smiley face isn’t even a batik 🙂 But it is cute isn’t it?
My Husbands idea. Really it was!
I was having so much fun creating that I didn’t take any pictures of the process this time.
I usually have my camera pretty much attached and take pictures at every step.
Before I show you the finished quilt though,
Here are my favorite hand applique tools.
I like using the Silk Thread, because the colors are neutral and they are barely noticeable on work.
Freezer paper is my favorite for templates, press them to the fabric and cut around the shapes leaving a small seam allowance for needle turn applique. The sheets work great in the printer too.
- The border of this quilt was done by piecing strips together. More on that at a later date.
- Flowers and leaves were cut free form
- Fabric Yo-Yo’s are used for flower centers
- Micron Pens were used to add car detail.
Hand/Needle Turn applique can seem tedious and look very time consuming.
But it is well worth the time and effort (and pricked fingers).
It was seeing photographs of Baltimore Album Quilts that sparked my interest in applique. The look is clean and delicate. I do prefer it over machine applique, although machine applique has it’s merits too.
Classes you might be interested in
Hand Applique Quilt Gallery
Next up – The Strippy Binding
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