May 2018 BMLE

Borders, Margins and Lessons from the Edge of the Quilt

We are progressing with our quilts for this year. Don’t panic, we are continuing with applique for the month of May as our technique. I forgot to point that out at the last meeting. (I apologize to those of you who rushed to finish your borders.) I did see a couple of other stars in the field of applique that we can learn from this month.

I have a few more reference suggestions for those who are learning new applique techniques during our venture. I ran across a blog written by a woman who loves to hand applique and makes wonderful quilts from floral designs, with a few birds thrown in for good measure. Erin Russek publishes her blog as “One Piece at a Time, with a helping of piecing on the side”. Ms. Russek uses a glue basting technique and many tiny stitches to accomplish her designs. It’s worth taking a peek at her blog.

Craftsy’s platform has a free posting that shows some very basic steps for fusible applique, freezer paper applique and needle turned applique.

The Quilt Show has a nice video by Julie Cefalu (The Crafty Quilter) on You Tube called The Quilt Show: Julie's Tips, Tricks, & Techniques: Appliqué on Borders showing how to use applique in a border! Worth the 10 minute watch.

The Fat Quarter Shop, based in Texas has several You Tube videos that have guest speakers and staff providing helpful applique techniques. This one uses bias strips and a bias tape maker. “How to Make Bias Tape for Applique” by Jill Finley of Jillily Studio - Fat Quarter Shop. She also has another basic applique vide that demonstrates a basic applique techniques, “How to Prepare Applique” by Jill Finley.

Edyta Sitar has several videos as part of the Fat Quarter Shop’s program and she discusses fusible applique in this one; Fusible Applique -- Preparing Your Quilt Block by Edyta Sitar. A second video talks about actually stitching the applique piece using both invisible thread and cotton threads. She is a delight to watch.

References from our CHQG library;

Sew Easy Celtic: Designing Simplified, Applique Perfected by Angela Madden, MCQ Publishing (Apr 01, 1993)

Better Homes and Gardens 501 Quilt Blocks, A Treasury of Patterns for Patchwork & Applique, Joan Lewis, Better Homes & Gardens Books (Sep 1994)

A Perfect Union of Patchwork & Applique, Darlene C. Christopherson, Watson-Guptill Publications (Apr 2003)


Revised 06/04/2018