I don't think I've talked about appliqué much on the blog. It was my first love in quilting, after seeing a stunning Baltimore Album quilt at the Museum of American Folk Art many years ago, I told myself I would learn how to do that.
I learned. Appliqué was the first thing I taught, actually, starting about 15 years ago. Sadly (very sadly) it's the one thing that really and truly hurts my hands, so I can't do very much of it these days. I took some photos a while back of some blocks I'd done, patterns based on an antique, folky applique quilt.
I have patterns and fabrics for a huge quilt - one of these days.
But the reason I'm mentioning appliqué is that I finished a small project, a class sample for a beginning appliqué class at Purl Patchwork. This little quilt top was a year in the making.
I managed to get pictures in the late afternoon light yesterday:
I came up with the idea, my daughter designed the pattern, and Joelle Hoverson and I chose the fabrics together. It's pretty classic to use hearts for a beginning appliqué pattern, but I have yet to teach at a quilt shop in NYC (5 and counting) that could stand the cuteness of hearts. I love the lotus flowers, they're the perfect example of all the things - curves, points, etc. - that you need for learning how to do this.
And for a detail shot -
I'm not sure why that one pleases me so much - I guess handwork is like riding a bike, you never really forget how to do it. So, I can now boast a finished ... something.