Hand Applique Charity Quilt
Longarm Quilting the Hand Applique Quilt
As a longarm quilter, I don’t see too many hand applique quilts. It isn’t because the quilts aren’t out there; I just don’t seem to travel in those circles. When the opportunity arose to finish a hand applique charity quilt, I jumped on it. The Greater San Antonio Quilt Guild has this in their collection of “Projects to Finish.” Yes, my guild has its own UFO pile! I’m on the committee to help finish them. The finished quilts then get donated to our bi-annual quilt auction fundraiser.
We do not know the quilt’s original maker or makers. While longarm quilting, it does appear that a single person stitched all six blocks.
The applique needs to shine! I followed applique quilting the inspiration from my very-quilty mother-in-law.
First, I outlined each block’s 12″ perimeter by stitching in the ditch. Or more accurately: Stitching-in-the-vacinity-in-a-sorta-straight-ish-line-around-near-the-seam ditch.
The fills are pretty wild and random around each shape. I added a few stitching lines within the applique to secure the design a bit further. Not every shape has quilting on top of it, though. Here’s a closer look at the blocks:
The sashing is untreated. I thought by leaving it without quilting it will “puff” the way the applique shapes puff. The border was a different story.
During a Karlee Porter Graffiti Quilting Class, she says something to the effect of: If you don’t want the hassle of making feathers symmetrical on both sides of the spine, don’t quilt feathers on both sides. Pretty smart! Hooked feathers are on the inside of the wavy spine and free-hand drawn lines are on the outside.
This quilt inspires me. The challenge is exciting! The pink hand applique quilt is now onto another guild member, Janet, for binding, then off to the auction in September.