Have you always wanted to try needleturn applique? It seems to be one of those skills that many quilters are scared to try, but it is such a lovely relaxing skill to practice. I’m excited to announce that I’ll be teaching a needleturn applique class on Saturday April the 12th in Ballarat at Cotton Factory. Alison (the lovely proprietor of Cotton Factory) and I have been working together to develop a class which is a thorough introduction to needleturn applique. We have included all the special tools that make it achievable, in the class cost. This will be a skill building class, the main aim is to learn the skills involved, but we will be using my “All A Flutter” cushion as a project to do that, (example shown above). Also included is a delicious lunch and yummy coffee from the local cafe.
This week I’ve been looking for projects of mine that feature needleturn applique, to show some examples of my skill. This one is the central medallion for an as-yet uncompleted quilt called “Tea in The Garden” which is hopefully destined to be a block of the month one day. I’m extremely fond of it, I love the colour combination.
This is a detailed shot of a quilt I made my daughter Michaela, which hangs in her bedroom. The pieces on this are really too big for me to sell this as a pattern, (the printing would be extremely large) but I sure enjoyed making this one-of-a-kind quilt.
This is an applique that I completed 8 years ago for my Mother. It is a Peony, and the design is by Kumiko Sudo from her book “Circles of the East”.
The class will cover all the basics such as the tools to use, how to deal with different types of curves and points, how close to trim your pieces, when to clip the seam allowance, how to avoid warping and fraying, the finer points of selecting fabrics and threads for applique, and what to look for in an applique pattern. All you have to select are your favourite fabrics to use (and matching threads) because all the other purchasing requirements are included in your class costs. If you would like to look at other colour inspiration for the “All A Flutter” Cushion, have a look here and you will see it in several other colour ways.
If you are interested in signing up for the class, contact Cotton Factory, Ballarat during studio hours, Thursday to Saturday, 10am to 3pm on (+61) 434 600 817, or leave me a comment on this blog post. You can also sign up for the class online, here.
The class will run between 10am and 3pm on Saturday April the 12th. Places are limited, so get in quick, it’s going to be so much fun!