When I explain to people that I am in a quilt guild, I always qualify it by saying, but I am 'cool' quilter. That translates even into one of the older traditions of quilting, needle-turn or hand applique.
Recently Carolyn Friedlander confirmed the fact that I am part of the cool quilters by writing the book, Savor Each Stitch, that highlights beautiful hand applique using modern design aesthetics. (see picture on right)
I saw crazymomquilts on Instagram (IG) posting about a 'dot your i's" project and decided to develop a hand project that was modern and could keep my hands busy during practices, vacations, guild meetings, and while watching The Bachelor...hey...don't judge!
So I started a new project. I was inspired by the Aerial Grove quilted (see picture on the right) and the images I surfed on IG. I love that I am juxtaposing the precision of invisible applique shapes with the imperfection of the "squircle."
I hope the tutorial inspires you and that you show off what you make. You can follow me on IG, #jessipea, or show me at a meeting. I can help you with needle turn applique, but I warn you, I am self-taught!
|Check out these hashtags on IG to see some cool projects that inspired this one! |
I can't wait to see what you make.
#aerialgrove #squircles #savoreachstitch
tutorial by Jessi Lane
I used scraps for this project, but I have been known to purchase fabrics to help my scraps out.
2. Cut a bright print to about 3 inches square.
|3. Cut your square into a "squircle."|
4. There is not a right way to do this.
|5. Baste with a contrasting thread. I keep it simple and fast.|
|6. Choose a matching thread and I used a thin needle (clover gold eye)|
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|7. Applique the squircle down. This is much like a binding stitch.|
I just turn the edges of the fabric as I hand stitch.
|8. Tie a knot on the back of your shape when you have|
secured all the sides.
9. Cut all the basting threads off and admire your perfectly imperfect squircle.