I Begin to Learn to Do Machine Appliqué (and You Join Me?)

Over the last several months I have begun to realize that for me some of the most beautiful quilts are those that combine both appliqué and piecing. Like this Timeless Tradition Block of the Month which I found in the Keepsake Quilting catalog. (Sorry my picture is kind of ugly. Click on the link to see their presentation of it.)


What this means is I need to learn to appliqué and, as I mentioned in a previous post, I am not likely to want to do hand appliqué because of all the prep work involved. (I am impatient and lazy!) This will probably rule out Beth Ferrier’s machine appliqué by hand method also, at least for now.

In this journey I’m going to begin with Mastering Machine Appliqué by Harriet Hargrave. The second edition. I reviewed it here.

For this month, I will be playing with my sewing machine and the stitches I have available to use for appliqué projects. I found this suggestion in almost every machine appliqué book I looked at, so I think this is a pretty common suggestion for machine appliqué rookies like me. By the end of this month, I hope to have made a book of likely appliqué stitches complete with the settings I used to get them. And I’ll show you pictures.

That’s my goal for this month. If you’re coming along for the ride, I’ll try to figure out how to do the whole linky thing for my end of the month posts so you can share your progress too.

Quilt on!

5 thoughts on “I Begin to Learn to Do Machine Appliqué (and You Join Me?)

  1. I love applique mixed with blocks. I am still getting my head around the raw edges of machine applique. I use a method called “template free applique” which marks only the back side of the background fabric and uses needle turn.

  2. I also recommend Sue Nickels’ Machine Appliqué book and, if you have the opportunity, a class with Sue. When I lived in Michigan, she happened to teach at my local quilt shop. I took her classes (machine appliqué and machine quilting) and learned so much.

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