Applique Leaf Workshop Finishes!

By Judith on April 22, 2018
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Hello everyone!  I hope you’ve been enjoying some glorious sunshine in your part of the world!


We have had several beautiful days here.  Doesn’t a sunny day just lift one’s spirits!!


Time got away from me a bit this week, but don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten to bring you the posts on my Spring into Summer projects.  I will get those posted this week.


In the meantime, I have a few pics to share with you from our Applique workshop yesterday!



8 courageous ladies decided to put their ‘big girl’ pants on and tackle satin stitch applique head on!  And not just satin stitch applique, but ‘appli-quilting’ – combining the techniques of applique and quilting into one step.


Applique Cushion/Wallhanging Workshop April'18


After practising a few leafy shapes, they got stuck into either a Tree Wallhanging, or a leafy cushion.


The sun shone all day, and despite the temperature rising in the room, there was no swearing or major catastrophies!!



Aren’t these beautiful!  We had a definite ‘blue theme’ running through some of the leaves, as well as fresh spring yellows, reds, pinks and purples!



And even a dramatic black and grey variation (the leaves on that one will be linen creams).


Well done everyone! You brought your willingness to learn a new skill, and some fun and banter with it!  Enjoy your new creations!


(The Autumn Tree Wallhanging pattern is available here.)



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Autumn Tree Wallhanging

By Judith on September 18, 2016
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Now that I am embracing Autumn, I can show you one of my favourite makes of this year!


Autumn Tree Wallhanging (Pretty Patches Oct16 issues)
This is ‘Autumn Tree’, an applique wallhanging measuring 27″ x 30″, which I will definitely be displaying in my home.
Autumn Tree Wallhanging (Pretty Patches Oct16 issues)


I adore the warm autumnal purples and pinks in Denyse Schmidt’s Chicopee range, especially on a Kona Bone background.  In fact, the leaf shapes are the by-product of the Sizzix Drunkard’s Path Fan die!!  I always keep these shapely leftovers, and was so pleased to be able to turn some of them into a seasonal project.

Useful tip:  Quilt your background first before appliquing on the shapes.  This means you don’t have those head-scratching moments when trying to decide how to quilt around the shapes.



Satin stitch is my favourite applique technique, and I think it suits the clean lines of the leaves and trunk.

Autumn Tree Wallhanging (Pretty Patches Oct16 issue)

The pattern for this wallhanging is in the October issue of Pretty Patches Magazine.

And maybe one day I will make Spring, Summer & Winter/Christmas versions to hang up with each changing season!!

Hope you are off to a great Autumn!

Jude xo


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