Over the last several months, I have realized more and more that I really like quilts with both piecing and a bit of appliqué. I like the way they set each other off. I think one of the reasons I’m not a big Baltimore Album fan is that there is not obvious piecing involved. I do like pieced quilts immensely, but I do think there is just a little something that comes with the addition of appliqué.
Obviously, these deep thoughts nudged me to consider learning to do some appliqué. Since I like handwork so very much, one might have assumed that I’d be very excited about hand appliqué. But no! Apparently not. I took a class once and did next to nothing with it. Analyzing why, I think I’ve come up with the reason: too much prep work required! Ugh! I don’t want to prepare! I want to do! (This may explain why the quilting room downstairs is such a mess! Just thought I’d mention that.)
So I have moved on to planning to learn some machine appliqué as I mentioned in my Quilty Resolutions sidebar #7. This may explain some of why I’ve been reviewing lots of machine appliqué books over the past few weeks. I have obviously looked at several different methods of machine appliqué using different types of preparation.
For the next few months I’ll be experimenting and sharing my results with you. Kati from Kati’s Quilting and Sewing will be joining me. I’ll also provide a linky periodically in case you are joining us and want to share what you’re doing. I also will have some guest posts from people who do lots of machine appliqué and are very good at it. I plan to post at least once every two weeks, with the first official post coming on the 15th of this month. My first post of the month will tell you what appliqué step or project I’m working on that month and my second post of the month will have pictures of some of my results. Hopefully, this will keep me focused and busy. That way at least resolution #7 will see some action!
The Fat Quarter Shop has just announced its 2014 Designer BOM. I need to finish at least 2 of my other BOMs in order to give myself permission to do this one! And I really want to do this one. It features the Snowbird collection from Laundry Basket Quilts, a gorgeous looking collection! I guess I really need to get busy.