My adventure in learning Appliqué with Slow Sewing Studio
If I hadn’t listened to Carolyn Friedlander in the Modern Quilt Guild webinar, I would not have considered hand appliqué especially an entire quilt constructed with non-traditional shapes and layout. But I did and I bought her pattern Slow Sewing Studio
It was a bit of a shock when I opened the pattern because it was not what I expected. There are 9 “collections” or sections of the pattern printed in their own 4 page separate folder. I can’t reproduce the pattern to show you because I think that would not fit into Carolyn’s permission to use category. She gives you a drawing of the entire quilt so you can photocopy and colour your copies to give you a chance to try out different colour schemes. A great feature, if you don’t have a quilting software solution.
So I started with Collection #1 and I soon learned that despite Carolyn’s well illustrated instructions I knew very little about hand appliqué and was quickly frustrated. Just straight lines I thought how difficult could that be? It took me several attempts until I drew straight lines with a friction marker and basted the appliqué sections by machine. When I finished I asked myself why go to all this work when I could have just pieced this section of the quilt. I had to remind myself that I was learning the quilting tradition that wise women (not old-fashioned) have been doing for years and I have a lot of respect for their art and I have – as usual a lot to learn.
Next step: search out a Craftsy class on hand appliqué. I can’t tell you how much I have learned from experienced quilters who teach online in the Craftsy platform.
I met Mimi Detrich and wow what a source of knowledge! The first thing I learned was to make a small pillow to rest my hands while I worked. Gave me a good product to use up my hexie challenge I made for the Niagara Modern Quilt Guild
Next Step Collection #2