Beginners Appliqué Class
PLEASE PAY THE £29 FOR EACH SUBSEQUANT MONTH IN ADVANCE.
This quilt has a more ‘folky’ look to it than the traditional complex Baltimore style quilts, but does take it’s inspiration from them. The appliqué was done using a freezer paper technique, but of course you could use any technique you prefer. If you have never tried appliqué before, I think the only skill you need is patience!
Dates are 6th August, 17th September, 15th October, 19th November, 17th December, 28th January, 25th February, 25th March, 22nd April and 20th May.
Base or background fabric :
Each of the 9 blocks needs a 16’’ square, which will be trimmed down to 141/2’’ once the appliqué is stitched. These squares could be all the same fabric – light or dark – or each one different as in mine.
For the outer border you will need : 1m 80cm ( less if you want corner squares of different fabric).
The 2 pieced borders need a total of 40cm of reds + 50cm of creams.
You will need lots of small quantities of a variety of colours and prints – these may include spots/ stripes/ checks etc as well as floral. Small print/ large print.
Really, anything goes. This is a good excuse for collecting fat quarters and fat eighths – as if you really needed a reason!
You will need slightly larger pieces for cutting ‘bias’ stems.
I have seen this quilt made up in a huge variety of fabrics and each quilt looked amazing. People have used Japanese taupes, bright batiques on black backgrounds, used predominantly one colour, Liberty prints, natural coloured batiques, reproduction prints etc, etc.
Please don’t feel you need to buy all your fabric right at the start. Bring whatever you have gathered to the first session, but don’t worry if you would rather wait and ask for advice. For that first day, try and bring one 16’’ square and some fabric for the block in the centre of the top row.
You will also need:
Applique needles + pins if possible (or any you have at home)
Sharp fabric scissors
Threads (as fine as possible – match colour to appliqué fabrics)
1/2m freezer paper