Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Caswell Quilt

The Caswell quilt by Corliss Searcy is a new beginning for me. I have not had a hand applique project since I finished Auntie Green's Garden last summer and I missed doing a hand applique project. I just finished the first block and decided to tackle one of the many blocks with fern type leaves next. I usually like to use a back basting technique with needle turn applique but these fern type leaves had me a little intimidated. Luckily I remembered all of Kerry's ( wonderful applique videos on YouTube. She has one dealing with just this kind of leaf. You can find it at and search for Simple Bird Studio, she has several videos, the one dealing with this type of fern leaf is named "how to do deep inside curves with hand applique and the starch method".

After I had decided on fabrics for this next block

I set my iPad nearby and started preparing my block while watching this video. I worked my way through the leaves

and just kept watching all of Kerry's videos on YouTube.

I did some fussy cutting on the buds and itty bitty berries

and used the starch method for all of the applique pieces of this block. Now it is all glue basted on the background and ready to stitch. I like needleturn but this prepared edge is a nice change up and certainly is good for fussy shapes.

I also finished the next border on Mariner's Compas, a small 2 inch wide border with scrappy appliquéd semi circles.

Happy Stitching, Happy Spring, and a blessed Easter to all,




  1. I like the bird very much on the Caswell block. Nice fabric choices.

  2. Your Mariner’s Compas quilt is really lovely. Be careful the starch method can become addictive.

  3. 2 very exciting projects to be working on :0) I love your Caswell blocks - I've never attempted anything ferny like that - well done. I usually like needleturn best too - I don't have enough patience for starch. Happy Easter to you as well!

  4. You are off on a creative adventure with the Caswell quilt. It's a beautiful design. I can see you've been involved in a lot of prep work too. I'd love to know the name of the mariner's compass medallion. It's a great pattern as well. Have fun!

  5. So glad you started caswell. It's going to be another showpiece. I find I really like the starching method of applique. Can't wait to see blocks in person

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