Sunday, September 8, 2013

Appliquéing Again

After a very long break from quilting I have picked up a Baltimore Album block to work on. I started this wreath block at Elly Seinkiewicz' class during last years International Quilt Festival in Houston. We did some inking and this block has Elly's signature under the inked cartouche, so I would really like to use it in a quilt.


I was a little concerned about this block having a different background but I remembered these three background pieces I bought for a project I never started.

I could get 8 album blocks from each of these for 24 blocks and the class block would be number 25, a good number for an album quilt. So I have the beginning of a plan in my head. I think I am just going to do some of my favorite appliqué blocks from the many different books and patterns I have.

Besides inking on album blocks another focus in Elly's class was off block work on padded roses. This became a problem for me as I found the technique difficult and the results were just not pleasing. I decided to go to my old favorite appliqué technique of back basting but cut out a rosé shape in batting and lightly glued on the rose shape,

then proceeded with back basting and then appliquéing the red fabric over the batting.

There may be a little more of the padded effect when the block is quilted, but I don't know that the "padding" gives that much extra. I still need to quilt in some petal lines on the rose and then I will add the pink petals with a stick and stab stitch which will in effect quilt and appliqué the pink petals in one step. This is the point I am up to this weekend.


I am happy to be appliquéing again, happy stitching all,




  1. I think your roses look fantastic! I know I'm going to like watching your Baltimore Album blocks get made :0)

  2. This looks wonderful! It is great to see how you are adding dimension with the batting. I have not seen it done this way - very clever with applique petals layered on top too !

  3. This is looking lovely, so far. Looking forward to following your progress. I really like the different background fabrics you are using.

  4. I like applique blocks with different backgrounds. I look forward to seeing your hand work!!

  5. The flowers are going to be oh so pretty. Though I have done lots of applique and have Elly's books, I have never made one of her blocks.

  6. Yes! Glad to see you have revived your appliqué passion. I can't wait to see it progress.

  7. Lovely! I am glad you are back into applique!