Lasy year, I was diagnosed with diabetes. Now what has that got to do with Applique, I hear you ask, well, I love needleturn applique. I know it is very different to to my contemporary fibre art work but, early last year I started a block of the month called "Springtime in the garden" with Alice Wilhoit and The quilting School. It is a gorgeous quilt and Alice designed it to teach lots of different applique methods, which I found really great.
However, when I was diagnosed, my eye began to play up and I had to lay the applique aside, even with magnifiers, I found it a strain to see the stitches and what I was doing.
But recently, I have found that my eyes have improved and I have returned to my applique!
You might notice my lines. I use a frixxion pen to mark on my backgrounds. It irons off easily. However, it does sometimes leave a waxy mark, so I don't use it on black fabric for that reason.
These last two blocks have been assembled, not sewn. I generally do this first so, I can just grab a block from the box and some thread and sew when I have time.
I also have several back basted blocks ready to go in the same box and of all the techniques, I enjoy backbasting the most.
A while ago, I began compiling a list of applique techniques and do you know, I found more than a hundred?