One of my recent goals is to work on my hand applique skills. I have taken a hand applique class at Cabbage Rose (my local quilt shop) but didn’t really practice what I learned afterward. But when I saw that some of the Just Takes 2 were hand appliqued, I went for it.
Block 1 – the round block in the upper right above didn’t turn out too bad. But you can see some of the stitches:
But Block 6 – the hearts — ugh!
The stitches show, the hearts are catty-wonk and the white fabric is puckered!
So when the next hand applique block appeared in the Just Takes 2 mystery quilt challenge, I turned to my friend Susan. Susan’s hand applique is positively fabulous! Her work is so exquisite and spot on perfect – I want to be like her! So I waited to work on Block 18 until after we had a stitch day together. Susan gave me all kinds of tips, tricks, pointers and encouragement! From the needle she recommends (size 10 applique) to the type of thread (silk), where to hold my hand and how to insure proper placement of the applique – I learned a lot. Yes, my points may need some practice, but overall I am very pleased with the results:
Instead of looking “tied down” to the fabric, the pieces appear to rest upon the fabric and you don’t see any of the stitches.
So, now, here’s the question. Do I redo Block 1 and Block 6? Do I see imperfections that no one else sees? Or do I move on? I do need to start working on hand sewing Block 23. What do you think? Any advice? Leave me a comment and let me know!