Progress on quilting projects has been slow this week. But, I have a great excuse for putting my needle & thread aside: my fifth grandchild was born. I spent three days and two nights caring for my 4 1/2 year old grandson, while Mom & Dad were at the hospital. Then, I had to catch up on everything at home.
This week, I am sharing a new project from a Craftsy class that I purchased. I love to applique and have taken several classes, even started a club at a local quilt guild. I love the Craftsy platform and finally signed up for a class. I can work at my own pace, review the information as much & as often as I need to, and the materials are excellent. This particular class is called Hand Applique Made Easy by Mimi Dietrich. I chose the class because I wanted to learn applique from this teacher. This is a basic class for all levels of stitchers.
I began by selecting fabrics, mostly from my stash, but I did search out a theme fabric to use for the borders, then pulled colors from my stash to blend in. Here is my color palette.
I started the lessons after the new year began. I decided to allot time each week-end to work on this project. Here is my progress so far.
I began by tracing all the applique designs onto my starched, white muslin. I really like the hand feel of Legacy Studio muslin at JoAnn Fabrics. I completed the first lesson on how to make stems, which also includes the basket & teacup handles. Then, I moved into the lesson on freezer paper applique. I really like appliqueing with freezer paper, but this class has provided additional tips that have already improved the shape of my heart.
Here is a large heart already basted and ready to applique. I have prepared several more smaller hearts for different blocks. I cannot wait to get to the applique process, but preparing the shapes correctly makes a world of difference. Basting is also a great take-along project.
So, I am continuing to meet my goal of stitching a little each week, and sharing it with you all. Hopefully, you are finding time to quilt, as well. See you back here next week. Until then…