Here is Sycamore Rose – Block 12 ready to download.
I’ve been on a bit of an applique adventure these last couple of weeks. It started with a Craftsy class by one of my all-time favorite applique designers, Mimi Dietrich. She’s phenomenal and makes it very easy for a beginner to get started. One of her books was the first applique book that I owned. And really, it’s what started me down the applique path. So watching her class on hand applique was like hearing from an old friend. I really like her methods of basting the appliques before they’re placed on the background. I used to glue baste, then graduated to freezer paper on top (or in my case, templates cut from full sheet mailing labels), to needle turn, to the starch and iron methods. The only downside to the starch and iron method is the time involved. I like busy work, so once I get going, I’m fine. But I find the time leading up to the project to be a bit daunting. Knowing that it will take all of one evening to prep all my pieces kind of sucks a little of the joy away. So, taking a cue from Mimi, I decided to glue baste the next appliques and was amazed at the time saved. It was so fast! A real time saver. So now I’m back in the glue-basting corner. I’m pretty fickle, so I know I’m likely to change sides in a little while, but for now, it seems to suit me.
What methods of applique do you use? Is there one you go back to time and again?
Whatever method you use, I hope you have fun!