Saturday, July 01, 2006

Applique and Me

I have had a love/hate relationship with applique for quite awhile. Why? I wish I knew! LOL I was extremely interested in handapplique because I love handwork.

A couple of years ago I took a P3 applique class at one of our local quilt shops and I fell in love with this method. Here was a way for me to do some handwork and hopefully enjoy it. I played with it a little but haven't really accomplished much. BIG sigh! About the only thing I've truly accomplished is purchasing lots and lots of projects. Oh, yes, there are lots! ;-) When I discovered the world of blogs I saw pictures of some incredible applique projects so I sent e-mails to Jeanne (Spiral), Vicky (LA quilter) and Patti (Passionate about quilting) and briefly chatted with all of them about their applique preferences and why. All three of three offered lots of words of encouragement and told me to just jump in and do it. So, I've been thinking about this alot and even purchased yet another project. LOL

I'm not overly fond of alot of prep in anything and the P3 method has lots of prep (starch and freezer paper) so I was still feeling shy about jumping in.

OK, enough is enough! LOL This week I decided it was time to just jump in and get started. And so I have - WooHoo!! I selected my project (Pumpkin Hill by Bunny Hill Designs), gathered my tools and prepped my first two blocks - Acorns! I've got thread to match and hopefully tonight or maybe tomorrow I'll start doing the handsewing. I am so excited!

2nd Thought for Today: Busy hands make happy hearts!!!!


Vicky said...

TOTALLY AWESOME!!!! Waytago! You've started, and now you'll finish!! I'm SO proud of you!

Yikes, I guess this means I have to start mine, too! I think we were going to hold hands and do this one together, huh? LOL

I'm so excited for you! This is the first of many applique projects for you!

Big (((HUGS)))

KCQuilter said...

Oh boy, did you pick a gorgeous one to start out on! I love those Bunny Hill projects and have a snowman one sitting on a shelf myself. Maybe I'll be inspired to get going on it after seeing your wonderful acorns.

kim said...

As I read your post, I kept thinking you were writing about me. I love applique projects, I like that style of quilt and I enjoy the handwork. I find myself doing the pieced blocks because of time. It seems like I get more done with the machine.
Anyway, I have so many applique patterns just sitting on my shelf, it's kind of sad. I have read many books about different techniques, and I've even tried a few. I just can't seem to find one that 'fits me'. Maybe if you have a slow day you could post about the process you are using. (I'm not familiar with P3.) I'd love to know how you are doing it.

Keep up the posts with your progress. I agree with Vicky, starting is the biggest step to finishing. The acorns look good this far!

Thanks for the post- it's nice to know I'm not the only one who has felt that way.
:-) Kim

Tobie said...

Hi Darlene, Thanks for visiting and posting on my blog! Your blog is very nice to read and your projects are gorgeous. Your subtitle about quilting putting a smile on your face and a song in your heart sums it up for me too with stitching. :) I have to agree with the 'busy hands make happy hearts' sentiment wholeheartedly. Your choice for an applique quilt is just beautiful, and will have me on a search to see other Bunny Hill designs now. Looking forward to seeing your progress on this lovely autumn quilt.

kcamou said...

It must be something in the air... I'm going to give applique a try today too... thank's to Anne
I always shy away from applique,even though I love how beautiful it is. I have a question though... what is the P3 method?
So, how is the weather in AZ today? I used to live there... college at ASU, got married in Chandler, honeymooned in Flagstaff.
Good luck with the applique, I know you will do just great!

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