Advanced Layered Applique

Posted by on 19 January 2021 | 0 Comments
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There are many applique techniques around and in a sense, they can all be considered "layered" as small pieces are piled on top of each other, but there are very few that include full layers of fabric such as in the technique I have developed and taught over the years.

Traditional appliqué begins with a background fabric and adds shapes to the surface to create a design. I throw that idea out the window in this modern approach to creating art quilts. In my unique applique method, I add full layers on top of each other, trimming some away to create the illusion of depth and leaving others to promote dimensionality. Then using traditional applique to stack small pieces, one overlapping another, I create even more depth. Topstitching and heavy quilting contribute to the overall effect of perspective and shading. 

This is the basis of my Advanced Layered Applique technique - one which includes specialty fabrics such as metallics and organza.

You will find this technique in a number of my quilts, here are a few:

falling leaves

Falling Leaves

native nz

Native NZ

Many of you will be most familiar with Red Red Wine which is the quilt we make in my online workshop. There is a lot of detailed work involved in this quilt.

Lately, I've been thinking about a new, slightly less detailed quilt to use in this workshop. Landscapes are always nice but I feel Scenic Lake (shown above) is a little simplistic so I need something between that and Red Red Wine. I do have a thought in mind however wanted to ask you, my readers, what you might like to see. Any suggestions?

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