Summer Applique

Applique, Free Motion Quilting, Sulky, Bernina

I would like to thank all the people who responded to yesterday’s post:  Let’s Talk About Threads.  I was surprised that so many people use rayon threads!  Please take time to read the comments and add your ideas/thread recommendations.    I can’t wait to try all the recommended threads!  There are so many threads on the market and I hate to experiment too much unless I have a recommendation.  I plan to try every thread that was suggested and I’ll let you know how the thread works for me.   Perhaps we could continue the conversation on a regular basis? I’d love to hear how the threads I recommended work for you!

Coucou de la Côte d’Azur (France) Superbe cette frise en coquille. Je vais tester le cours dès que possible. Pour le moment je profite de mes amies venues en vacances. Amitiés à toutes. Patricia

I pulled this applique out of my closet last week.  I made it several years ago to brighten my kitchen table.  (As you all know, I love “vase quilts”.)

I experimented with several threads, including a few metallics,  for this applique.  Metallics remain a challenge for me–they break so easily, that I rarely use them.  Someday, I will take the time to find the proper machine/needle settings to use metallics…

Coucou de la Côte d’Azur (France) Superbe cette frise en coquille. Je vais tester le cours dès que possible. Pour le moment je profite de mes amies venues en vacances. Amitiés à toutes. Patricia

I rarely use stippling to fill in my quilts.  It is a pattern that is hard for my brain to pattern.  Instead, I filled the spaces with tiny leaves.  Occasionally, I added clusters of circles or a feather to add interest to the overall design.

Coucou de la Côte d’Azur (France) Superbe cette frise en coquille. Je vais tester le cours dès que possible. Pour le moment je profite de mes amies venues en vacances. Amitiés à toutes. Patricia

Applique, free Motion detail

Free Motion Quilting, Applique Detail

In the setting triangles, I stitched the Orange Peel–or Woven Cross-Hatch pattern.  It looks complicated, but it is very very easy.  (A beginner pattern)  See the tutorial HERE.

Free Motion Quilting, Applique Detail

I was hand dyeing a lot of fabric at the time…

Free Motion Quilting, Applique Detail

Do you have a small, unfinished quilt or block that –with a little free motion quilting–would work as a “vase quilt”?

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