Two weeks ago I took a one day applique class with Gwen Marston. It was based on her book, Classic Four Block Applique Quilts, a Back to Basics Approach. The main concept of this class was to educate us that back in the 1800's, quilters did not have freezer paper, mylar heat resistant perfect circles, clear vinyl overlays or acrylic templates, and yet they created some amazing quilts.
Time goes by, quilters find their passion and mine is applique. I enjoy all types, I've taken a variety of classes to learn new techniques and every time I work with a new teacher, my skill set improves. One class taught me that glue and applique don't work together with me. I had more glue on me, the table, the top of the fabric! When you love something, it's worth traveling the road and taking some detours, you never know what you will see. In the summer of 2008, I took a Jo Morton workshop and although applique was not the focus of the class, Jo shared Back Basting applique. It is a slick method, one that was necessary for a project I'm working on right now.
OK back to Gwen's class. We played with scissors and paper, we looked at many of her samples for technique and inspiration, and she shared her knowledge of antique appliqued quilts with us.
Here are some class projects. Love the blue and the diamond shaped leaves.
A few things have changed on mine since the class, the leaves have different placements, the yellow tulips have some red reverse applique, a first for me, and I've added a couple of berries. I've got it all appliqued and am now working on the hand quilting. The background I used was Kona Natural, I've used Hobbs 80/20 batting, a muslin backing and YLI color 01 Natural. I am quilting diamonds in the background, outlining the applique pieces and may do a bit of stitching through some pieces.
I hope you got to stitch this long weekend!