I had so much lovely feedback from last month’s post that I thought I would share another technique that I really enjoy: appliqué.
I am the first to admit that I’m not a lover of hand applique but I’ve always enjoyed machine appliqué. I really like the way that you can make a word, image or picture ‘pop’ by carefully choosing your fabrics and colours – and really taking time to think about how they work together.
I was introduced to the wonderful work of Andrea Walpole of Raggedy Ruff Designs a couple of years ago through the UKQU Facebook page. I was instantly drawn to her stunning and sometimes quirky wildlife designs and treated myself to a kit, so that I could try a new technique – complex appliqué with free motion embroidery (FME).
I have never quite mastered the art of free motion quilting (FMQ) so I was a little apprehensive to start FME. But Andrea’s excellent patterns, instructions and YouTube videos had me embroidering with confidence in no time at all. She also runs a Facebook ‘help’ page which I found absolutely invaluable throughout the learning process.
So when a friend of mine asked me to make something ‘doggy with roses’ for his wife’s Hanukkah gift, I jumped at the chance of experimenting with my own complex appliqué design.
I drew on what I had learned from Andrea and applied the same basic layering technique when I began to work on my own design. I had been given a colour palette to work with and dozens of photographs for reference.
I created a picture in fabric resembling each of their three dogs as well as some appliqué roses to represent the prize-winning flowers she grows.
Both my friend and his wife were delighted with the result. I have written up the methodology I used to make these complex appliqués as a tutorial, which can be purchased from here.
I hope that you are enjoying my blogs. I appreciate each and every comment I receive from you. Next month I plan to write about the Spring 2018 UKQU Mini Quilt Swap. My partner will have received hers by then, so I won’t be letting the ‘cat’ out of the bag early!