Friday, April 25, 2014


Today I taught a class at Nine Patch Quilts in Nevada, Missouri.  I taught the class Pieced Applique using the technique in Penny Haren's book Pieced Applique.

I was fortunate enough to take the class from Penny herself back in November, 2008.  It was a weekend retreat and was absolutely fabulous!  There was so much to learn from Penny and she is a lot of fun to be around.  Since that time I've taught the class a couple of times myself.  Of course, I don't do it justice compared to Penny.

It's really an easy process.  You piece a base block, such as a nine patch, pinwheel, etc. and then add the "appliqué" templates made from card stock/freezer paper combo to make the block look like a really complicated, intricate block.  After the pieces are appliquéd down, you remove the paper templates in warm water, allow them to dry and then press and final square up.  

Here is the first quilt I made.  Penny requested it for a quilt show in Shipshewana, IN for a car/quilt show featuring quilts made using her technique.  

Here are a few of the blocks I demonstrated in class and then worked on while the students were working on theirs.  The first quilt I made, I appliquéd the pieces on by hand as I was traveling on my many trips to Missouri in the car.  The second quilt I'm working on, I'm doing the appliqué by machine.  Although the machine appliqué is much faster, I think I prefer the hand appliqué.  The  technique also lends itself well to fussy cut a lot of block pieces.  
The first 4 blocks have been appliquéd down but the templates are still in tact.  

The last four blocks have had the templates removed and are waiting to dry so that I can press them and do a final square up.  

Are you surprised to see red, white, and blue AND Texas in one quilt?  You shouldn't be!  You all know me too well.  

The ladies in my class today caught on very fast.  They did a fabulous job on their blocks and no one wanted to go home when the class was over.  In fact, some stayed over and made another block. 

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