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!


  1. Sally Dodsworth

    Letting the “cat” out of the bag I even read and commented on this and didn’t get that the mini swap was for me! Can’t wait to read next months blog…and for you to show people just how stunning your work is…thanks again for my mini xx