Sunday, September 14, 2008

My first applique project


So - for my first quilt project - I decided to do a fall applique. I picked up this pattern at the AQS show for a buck, yes, a buck! I found some fabric that appealed to me and thought would make this wall hanging come to life for me. Here is the pattern I picked up:

Now some may think i'm nutts for picking an applique pattern for my first ever pieced project but the pieces are pretty large, the smallest items are the applique leaves, acorns and stems but does that count as quilt pieces - rather applique pieces. What I did find is the the applique process is pretty time consuming... I dug out the small light table I have in my photo studio out back, that came in handy to trace out the applique designs on the heat-n-bond I picked up at Walmart. After I got into a rythm, things were rolling along.

As I got into my rythm, then it became clear that stitching around all these small applique pieces was either going to be fun or frustrating -- well, most of them were fun but some of them were just pure pains - I made some mental notes for future applique projects. The project really came along - I have yet to put the batting and backing together and bind it but i'll do that tomorrow or later this week.



9 comments:

CJ Tinkle said...

Wow it's GORGEOUS! And your first applique project no less, I'm very impressed! I really like this a lot!

Yvette said...

I am totally impressed! You did a wonderful job.

I really enjoyed reading your new blog. Please keep it up!

whimzeestitches said...

Thanks for the comments ya'll - I am reading up on machine quilting techniques now - this is going to be my practice quilt before I tackle some larger bed-sized quilt projects.

Vicky said...

What an impressive first pieced and appliqued project! You go, guy! I see many gorgeous projects from that new Bernina!

whimzeestitches said...

It's fun to have some finished projects... now I just need to get going on some more of them.

Kim West said...

That is just awesome!!!

Christina said...

I noticed you visited my blog so I thought I'd check you out. Very nice pumpkin quilt, hard to believe you are new at this. I lived in LU when I was a child, I remember bitting ants and a gater in the front yard. There was also a witch that lived down the street and a wonderful madagra(sp) prade with lots of beads and candy. I'm sure there was a lot more but it was along time ago.

Amy said...

I like it.you did a good job, Thank You for sharing. have a great week

Anonymous said...

You are the master beginer...wow you have the quilting down pat!