Two blocks completed, only a few dozen to go:) Here are a few more pieces on my ironing table:
It requires enormous patience to finish a hand applique project, I can see now. But one reason I’m building up this skill is that I’d like to attempt Hawaiian quilting one of these days. After traveling to the Big Island, my friend Lisa brought me a fabulous Hawaiian quilt pattern, Delicate Beauty: Hibiscus by Pacific Rim Quilt Company.
I’m told that Hawaiian quilting is done by needle turn applique. I have a lot to learn before I can do this gorgeous project, but I will get there, I hope!
One more tidbit I have learned about applique: you need LOTS of threads. I mean LOTS if you are doing a scrappy pattern that includes many different fabrics. The threads need to match the piece you are sewing down, not the background. In my case, I’ll use at least a dozen fabrics, probably more, so I need a bunch of thread choices. But it’s best to use thin threads — they are easy to handle, and to avoid thicker, bulky ones that could create lumps or bumps. So I treated myself to a “frosted donut” of threads made by Superior brand. It’s their MasterPiece line, which I quite love for its thin, silky quality and cotton texture:
These threads are wound for bobbin use in a machine, but I am taking them out one by one for my hand-work.