I am so so excited to finally get to show off a project that I worked on forever ago! My good friend, Jenifer, asked me to do the quilting for a book that she was writing, “The Modern Appliqué Workbook” (of course I said yes!)
This book will show you almost everything that you wanted to know about appliqué and also includes a bunch of quilt patterns for you to try to out your newly found appliqué skills. While I probably won’t make an appliqué quilt anytime soon (hey, I can’t help it….I love machine quilting more than piecing), it’s fun to see the many different ways that you can do appliqué.
While I don’t know a lot about how to add appliqué to your quilt, I do have experience quilting quilts with appliqué. One question that I am constantly asked is, “Should I quilt inside the appliqué or not?” Like most questions related to quilting, it completely depends on your preferences. But, for myself, I tend to follow a few of my own self-imposed guidelines.
When dealing with quilts with larger areas of appliqué, I will quilt inside the shapes. We all know that I tend to like a lot of quilting, so leaving large areas unquilted isn’t something that I would tend to do. A good example of this is the Mod quilt pattern featured in the book.
The large areas of appliqué act as the “blocks” of the quilt, so I treated them just as would any quilt block……quilting the heck out of it.
This was a particularly fun quilt to work on, I have a fun time coming up with some of the elements in the quilting.
And of course, a quick shot of the back….it’s just so fun!
However, if the appliqué is smaller, I tend to keep the quilting more simple and basic. I don’t want the quilting to overwhelm it and take away from the quilt. That was the case in a few of the quilts in the book…..for instance in the Geese quilt pattern, I only quilted a few angular lines within the appliqué.
The quilting is just enough to enhance the design….and that’s exactly what I was going for. Another project in the book that serves as an example of this, is the Flame quilt.
But even self-imposed rules are made to be broken. In the Trees quilt pattern, the appliquéd tops of the trees where fairly small, and normally I wouldn’t do too much quilting in them. But this time, I couldn’t help it, I quilted different textures in the trees…..just for fun!
Since Jenifer is such a great friend, she is giving away a copy of “The Modern Applique Workbook” to a lucky reader. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post. (If you are reading this in an email, be sure to click-through to the blog and leave the comment on the actual post). I will draw a winner on Friday, good luck!! International winners will receive an electronic copy of the book.