Appliques are not difficult to make if you choose simple images. Close points Like the teeth were more difficult. My mother loved to applique quilts and she was very good at it. I have enough quilt blocks she made to make a couple of beautiful quilts. I cherish a quilt my grandmother made that is over 60 years old. You can see from the images that it was used often and kept family members warm on many cold nights. The pattern is Grandmother's garden, making it special because I never knew her.
I have a new kind of appreciation for hand sewn quilts, After my experience sewing this one. I over estimated how long it would take to make a small applique quilt with some embroidery work and hand sewing the appliques to the blocks. I have been working on this project for several weeks. Because my time ran out for the contest; I had to use the machine to sew the blocks together, but that is the only part of this quilt that was sewn by machine.
Follow through to see how I made it.
Step 1: Supplies
17 are Appliqued with embroidery details and 12 are plain. I had several horizontal images that I had to fit in; so I used all of them in one row at the top of the quilt. The blocks are sewn together using a 1/4" seam allowance.
Please read bottom note before cutting the applique pieces.
17 White cotton quilt blocks cut 8 1/2" X 11"
Cotton quilt scraps for appliques
12 Cotton contrasting blocks cut 8 1/2" X 11"
1 Sheet for quilt backing cut 71" X 51"
Rick rack and ribbon optional
1 Batting cut 71" X 51" I used 80/20 poly cotton
Matching sewing thread
Crochet thread for hand tying
Sewing Needles one for details and one large eyed needle for hand tying
I have never used a cotton batting before but I like the idea of natural fabrics and the cotton weighs more than the POLY-FIL so
I decided to give it a try.