Sunday, 9 November 2014

Baltimore Album Hand Applique

So, I've been hard at work the last few days, working on the start of a brand new quilt, which, quite frankly, will probably take me ages, because it's all hand applique.

This was the book I was waiting for:

It has 25 baltimore album block patterns in and I'm doing them all to replicate the quilt. I love hand applique! And I blame Mimi Dietrich for having such a wonderful way of teaching applique on her Craftsy class, Hand Applique Made Easy, for getting me into this!

I bought my fabrics, two greens, two reds, a gold and a royal blue for all the applique pieces and I hunted everywhere to get 60 weight thread for the sewing in those colours, but I could only get the invisible thread, so I'm using that. 

To start, I drafter the outline of the pattern onto freezer paper and then ironed the pieces onto the wrong side of the fabric, only then realising once I'd cut them all out and ironed them on, that they were now a mirror image! Rookie mistake!

So I outlined the freezer paper with white marker instead, so I didn't lose all the pieces I'd cut out and used needle turn applique instead.

This is what I've done so far. 

I love nothing more than just sitting sewing, listening to my podcasts or music and shutting out the rest of the world.

Thanks to everyone who contacted me about the Sewing As Therapy post!

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