A Little Applique

This is clearly a work in progress, but it’s one I’m thrilled about.  I haven’t really done much applique at all in the past few years, partially because tracing lines with any sort of precision is … well, difficult.  My hand cramps up after a minute or two and it becomes such a chore that I give up.  But now?  Now I’ll be doing a little applique again because there are a couple of Inklingo applique collections with the promise of more to come.  At the moment, there’s a free collection found here and a Celtic applique found here.  The Celtic applique is by designer Scarlett Rose and is called San Kamon.  I’ve always been fascinated by Celtic applique and, as soon as I can settle on a fabric for the applique, intend to make one of the San Kamon designs.

My favourite method of applique is backbasting as it makes it so easy to get perfect placement with no overlay or pins or freezer paper.  Just needle, thread and fabric.  With Inklingo printing the lines on the back of the fabric, it makes backbasting a breeze.  You could also print your lines on the front of the background fabric, and use that for placement if desired.  Or print the shapes only on the applique fabric with or without turn-under allowance.  All the options are there.  I chose what size my block would be.  The picture I showed is one-quarter of a block that will finish at 16″.   My plan is to add a small border, and have a small table topper.  With a wide-format printer, one could print larger backgrounds.   I love the idea of having the choice regarding what size my finished blocks will be.

The other benefit for me is that by being able to make a larger block by using smaller quarters of that block, my left hand won’t cramp up when holding it to do the applique.  I know that’s not an issue for everyone, but it has been a real stumbling block for me.  Holding a 16″ block while doing the applique is not something I can handle.  But a quarter of that?  No problem!  This week is looking rather overwhelming again with work, but I’m hoping to stitch the four quarters together — by machine, no less — and have it ready to show sometime this week.

It got very cold here on the weekend.  They’re saying there may be frost all around us overnight tonight.  I suppose the only good thing about that is that we may well have a real colour show on Thanksgiving weekend, which is the traditional weekend for people to go for drives north of the city to see the leaves.  I still can’t quite believe that Thanksgiving weekend is this coming weekend for us.  It seems like yesterday it was still warm and  felt like summer.  It always surprises me just how quickly the temperatures go from hot to cold in the fall.

Lester was relaxing on the pink loveseat.

Smudge spent some time on the windowsill.  The fall seems to be his time for the window as he loves to watch the leaves swirling around on a windy day.   There are still lots of green leaves on the trees, but a fair number have turned colour and fallen.

10 thoughts on “A Little Applique

  1. I am looking forward to seeing your applique. I don’t do very much of it either. But I so admire everyone who does. It also has gotten quite cold here and the colors of the trees are quickly turning, quite a show already. Perfect time to settle in and sew and cuddle with the kitties.


  2. Hello Cathi! How lovely applique you are making! I haven’t done much but would like to do more. Waiting to see how yours is going to be! We have beautiful autumn which means warm sunny days (sorts and short sleeves) and at night a little bit cool. This is the best time of the year!
    Wishes with sunshine! Teje


  3. Love your applique project already even though it’s not done!
    We had frost Sunday night and had to scrape our car windows in the morning, here in Nebraska. I love the fall, but winter follows, too soon!


  4. We had a touch of frost here this morning, Cathi. I just loved the smell of the wood fires when I took the dog out.

    Enjoy your applique. It sounds so interesting, the Ink Lingo way. Have fun! Celtic designs are so cool.


  5. Happy Thanksgiving, Cathi! I do hope you get to go and take us (ME!) some pictures… 🙂 Oh how I miss those drives…
    I am so intrigued about backbasting applique and have a little project planned that I could try it on.
    I will let you know! Your applique looks fantastic and I understand what you mean about huge background pieces: it’s just tiring and difficult!
    hugs from me!


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