I am really enjoying this SVBAQ sew-a-long. There are so many different fabrics, colors and methods being used. I would like to challenge everyone participating to show your method of applique. Cynthia at Wabi-Sabi Quilts has posted (here) on her method of machine applique and her blocks are beautiful.
I’m afraid the light wasn’t very good this morning when I took these photos, so I will post more later. I think you can see how enough to get the gist of how I work.
If I am doing a block that requires precision placement (usually a very symmetrical design) I will likely back baste it for best placement. But, for these little guys I prefer the slightly wonky look so I simply mark the piece on the top with my Sewline white (very erasable) pencil and then needle turn as I go along.
If I am going to quilt through an element (like this pineapple top) I will cut out the back so I don’t have to go through so many layers while quilting.
I have decided (like a few others I know) to change up the pattern just a bit. I will be making 4 pineapples (one in each corner) and eliminate the other block that is duplicated. I don’t think of myself as a symmetrical person, but apparently I am in this case! I will be making mine in the potholder method (big surprise, I know) so I will most likely make all my blocks go in one direction. Some people are eliminated the rainbow and Liberty Tree blocks. I like the rainbow although I may modify it a bit and my favorite block is the Liberty Tree. How funky is that one? I LOVE it! In fact, I would like to do a whole quilt of those trees.
So if you all can take a moment and share your method with the rest of us I know we would all appreciate it. Thanks, and have fun!