I spent the weekend playing with the idea of another applique project. While I already have handwork on the go (redwork, wool applique, even hexagons), and I have a few machine applique projects happening, I very much miss needleturn applique.
I keep thinking I’ll approach an applique pattern via needleturn, then reality sinks in and I’ll end up using a machine applique method. I am very slow at needleturn applique, what with periodic hand shakes, stiffness and cramping. I also have this annoying self talk going on – you *can* make a needleturn masterpiece!; no, what’s the point? I want my quilts to be used and loved and I already have made two pretty darn good needleturn wallhangings!
I would just like a project that I can pick up and put down without any timetable in my head – whenever I get the itch to needleturn!
Here are my experiments from this weekend – all were easy to sew, all are okay fabrics, but none gave me the *eureka!* moment – because of the fabric, the pattern, or both.
The first three are from a basket pattern in Kay MacKenzie’s Baskets to Applique; the last one is a basket pattern from Piece O Cake, the flower arrangment is from Bountiful Baskets by The Rabbit Factory.
I’ll keep searching and playing with fabric and EQ – experimenting with applique is my biggest challenge, and although I have taken the easy road with a few block of the month appliques quilts, I am learning a lot from them regarding colour placement, background fabric choices, and design. This will I’m sure help me to eventually make up my own version of a great needleturn quilt.