Monday, February 06, 2017

Hand Applique: 318 Patchwork Patterns

Feb. 6, 2017: The blog has been very quiet because I took on an enormous responsibility at work starting May 2016 and continuing to the end of April 2017.  Instead of my usual fare, I am crafting exams, study guides, homework assignments, etc.  I did manage a bit of fun crafting in the summer but that time is sadly reduced during the school year. You can imagine how excited I am for the end of April and some down time.

For some reason, this never posted way back in the summer. So here is something I was up to this summer and that I look forward to resuming soon!

I have been in the mood for an applique project for some time now. I was especially motivated after reading some excellent tutorials on Teresa Rawson's blog, Fabric Therapy. I have tried needle turn applique and the starch + freezer paper method and I did not like either that much. Teresa's technique is fast and actually enjoyable!  I think I like preparing the pieces and basting them to the block more than the stitching now.  Teresa is a genius!

I was on the hunt for the applique perfect project.  I wanted something sort of fun and small and a little bit Japanese.  I settled eventually on the book 318 Patchwork Patterns by Kumiko Fujita. The blocks are so charming! Be warned, if you have never done applique, this is not a technique book.  It is a book of reduced sized patterns which you will need to enlarge.  And thanks to the brilliant VeryKerryBerry, I learned how to resize the images and print them from my computer. She is demonstrating the pieced blocks from the book but the technique is the same.  I made my blocks larger than what the book recommends--just over 8 inches, which is what an 8.5 x 11 sheet would allow.

Then I went stash diving and found some fabrics in the palette I wanted with the style I was looking for: cute and sweet. I thought I could get away with using most of my stash for the background fabrics but most of my fabrics had a yellow tint to them which did not work with my palette. I filled in with some fabrics from my LQS.

Here are the first four blocks:






I am enjoying this so much that I may end up making SEVERAL more blocks.  I have no idea how I will set them but I am not really concerned about that right now.