Who doesn't love the quick and easy quilt pattern that gives us the instant gratification of a finished project? I know I do. I've several go to quilt patterns that will stitch up in an day and be ready for use in within 48 hrs. But my all time favorite quilts are appliqued. Just the tiniest of applique gives a quilt an extra kick and WOW factor. Some say they are out of style and way to much work but I think every quilter needs to make at least one FABULOUS quilt in their lifetime. Even though it may take a lifetime to make it!...LOL!
So far my determination for finishing this quilt UFO hasn't diminished. Stealing a few minutes here and there to make a few more applique pieces.
Many quilters say it's too time consuming to make applique. True, it does take a bit of time. So this week I decided to time how long it took to make one orange flower below. From plain fabric to one finished flower it took 30 minutes. Now you need understand that is three applique pieces for one flower. This process could be sped up by using a Go Cutter or fusible applique. You can even find some kits out there that the applique pieces are already cut for you. All you have to do is stitch them in place.
Applique is also very messy. I cleaned up a little bit in the picture below so you wouldn't know just how messy I really can be. The picture below was taken to show you my tip of the day. See the rug under my table? That's a bath mat. It's one of those really soft one's that has foam inside. It also has a rubber backing that stops it from sliding across my tile floor. The fluffiness of this mat keeps my sewing machine foot petal from sliding when in use. And the number one reason for using this mat is...It keeps my bare feet off the cold tile floors.
If you're interested in the quilt pattern I'm making you can find it in the previous blog post.
~ Lea Anne ~Pin It