Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Old Art/New Method
My most favorite applique is Bird of Paradise in the American Folk Art museum. It seemed way beyond my ability until I attended a workshop at the Long Island Applique Society. I started with the apple leaves on the Girl block below, using the back-basting technique. What an improvement over my old method of marking! It is much neater, smoother, and more accurate. I'm definitely a convert to this new technique. Diane Rode Schneck (best applique teacher ever) made these blocks and showed us her process. Says this is her favorite method and I expect it will be mine as well. She also recommended working on it while watching the daily news. Surprising how much gets done in only 15 (or 30) minutes a day!