Sunday, August 21, 2011

August Project Day - Applique

We had a Blanketeer Project Day on Friday. The plan was to learn to applique and collaborate on a Sunbonnet Sue quilt.  I was supposed to be the teacher - lol.  I spent all my time preparing the kits and very little time learning how to applique.  Fortunately, Sheila's Mom, Bea, showed up.  She's an expert in applique and was very gracious about helping everyone out (especially me!)
Rachel missed the morning session, but Sheila soon brought her up to speed.  I had planned to demonstrate three applique techniques: freezer paper, needle turn and reverse applique.  But everyone took off doing freezer paper and never looked back.  I think Bea and I were the only ones doing needle turn.  Whatever works.  At least I got to explain about reverse applique and show them the one Dear Jane block I did with it.
Dorthy grumbled about how awful her block was (it really wasn't that bad at all).  She wants me to bring her more muslin tomorrow so she can completely redo it.  Sigh.  SO self-critical!
Jonquele seems well-pleased with her little Sue, as well she should be; it's adorable! 
Lu Ann did this darling Sue.  Everyone loved the lace on the hat.
Lu Ann is Mary's friend, whom we haven't seen in ages.  It was lovely to have her join us again. 
Mary did this seated Sue, which turned out to be totally adorable!  All the Sues have print dresses in Aunt Grace fabrics, with coordinating solids, and a bit of the print on their hats.  I think it's going to make a terrific group quilt!
As usual, a fun time was had by all, and thanks go to Sheila again for getting us the hall.


Gene Black said...

Those look great. I really need to learn to do applique. I have done a small amount of fusible applique,but I should probably learn some other techniques/

Barb said...

Oh...I love what you are doing with the hats....

suemac said...

That is such a cute quilt to be doing as a group quilt. Hope you had enough blocks to get the size you wanted.

Nanci said...

Everything old is new again. Funny how the fans/dresdens and now sunbonnet sue are becoming popular. I love the sunbonnets! Everyone does different.

Ulla's Quilt World said...

Hi! Greetings from Finland! Your quilts are so fantastic! It's so nice to find other quilters all around the world!