The patchwork group that I attend are hosting a BOM this year, with different members of the group demonstrating a technique or a block that they have enjoyed doing and are happy to share with everyone. The idea is that you can either make a quilt with all the blocks or you can just do particular blocks that appeal to you and make them into cushions, mini quilts or other small items of loveliness ♥
I have been asked to host a demonstration on my preferred method of applique for the March block. Oh the pressure! Yikes! This wee butterfly block is what I intend to go with. What d’ya think?
The finished blocks will be 12″. I wanted to use my block to make a table topper, so I stitched six 2½” squares either side of the butterfly and added a 3” inch strip of the grey linen that I love so much. Then I finished the whole thing up nice and neat with some gorgeous aqua binding.
I quilted some simple blooms here and there, adding a cluster of beads to some of the flower centres for a wee bit of sparkle …
The method of applique that I use is often referred to as the ‘freezer paper and starch’ method. I like this method best, because I like how the pieces hold their shape as I work with them and I can get pretty smooth edges too 🙂
I used fabric from my stash, because I wanted the finished quilt to co-ordinate with the little Zakka style nesting boxes that I made for the bathroom.
And what do you do when you finish a quilt and get that lovely fuzzy feeling of accomplishment? Yep, you make a nice cuppa tea, settle on the sofa with a quilting book and dream about your next sewing project! 🙂
Happy stitching everyone!