Being a Brave Quilter

What does that mean?  Well at Julie's Pink Doxies, she challenges us to try something new, out of our comfort zone, experiment, have fun with our quilting.  I took the challenge last month - we have a month to meet our goal.  Then we report about it.  I'm a wanna be applique enthusiast who does a lot of piecing (lol), so I set my challenge to try a new applique technique I'd seen online.  It  is suppose to make doing raw edge applique easier and with hardly any fraying. That was for me! Mind you, I love to do hand applique, but it takes so much time and I have so many quilts I'd like to do. I started out by buying the book, Crafted Applique...New Possibilities by Lara Buccella when she had her blog hop.  After reading it and obtaining a few supplies I got started.  I had already started a quilt which would have applique (my Gwennie Inspired Quilt Along) and hoped this new method would help me keep on track with it as I wanted to add another round of applique.
Here's the medallion center done with normal raw edge applique method:
background is really white
I do the stitching as part of the quilting after the sandwich is made.   Then I made the other rounds. Once I was ready for the next applique round I began to experiment.  Made a few test pieces (which I forgot to photograh) and felt it would work just as Lara said.   I then made this block using her method - easy peasy.
 So got out my tablecloth (which I'm using for my flowers) and started cutting.
I laid the cut pieces with their wrong side up and applied the Mod Podge for Fabric, and let them dry.
Next I cut out the flowers with very sharp scissors.

Above are some extra flowers above that I will use later. You can see that these would be difficult to turn a seam allowance under to make Broderie Perse in the traditional way - all those tiny stems and curves.
Then the hard part - deciding what the order of my flowers would be.  But once decided, placed and ironed on, I was done.  I'm so glad I tried this new method.  I'll be using it again. Oh, and you can go here to see that finished applique round.

Do visit Julie's - link above, and she'll be opening a linky for this month's challenge on the fourth. Now what shall I try next??

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Comments

Libby in TN said…
Glad to hear about your success. I have wanted to try that technique, even purchased the Mod Podge, but haven't tried it yet. I have some baskets I'll probably work on later this month.
OMG! All the cutting of the tiny little flowers so close, so perfectly! WOW! Glad that you found a technique that works for you. I think I'll just sit back and admire your work some more. ;^)
margaret said…
have heard of mod podge before but not tried it, you cartainly have found it a great way to applique so will have to have a search and find some, flowers look so good
Wow....a wonderful vase of flowers. You definitely met the challenge.
desertskyquilts said…
What fun! You are a brave quilter! I haven't bought the book yet, but I am intrigued with her method.
Tu-Na Quilts said…
Wow, those are small pieces to applique. Do you stitch around them too? By hand or machine?
Julie said…
I know this is something you've had in mind, and I'm glad to see Lara's method worked out for you. Congratulations on being a #BraveQuilter this month! I can't wait to see what your next brave project is, too.
Lara B. said…
Wow Angie, you put Crafted Applique to the ultimate test really. The flowers are so intricate and lovely! I was wondering what sort of weave your tablecloth has. Usually they have a looser weave than quilting cotton. It's really cool knowing that CA works so well for things like this! Thank you for adding it to the linky party!