Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Dragonflies in My Garden

The second class I taught at Quilting in the Trees, was "Dragonflies in my Garden". Nancy Lee Chong's 2-Fabric Applique method, adapted from Hawaiian quilting methods, is the technique used to create a hand-appliqued wall-hanging. Nancy has several stunning designs available, dragonflies being one of them, through her company, the Pacific Northwest Quilt Company. A few people in the class chose to work with the Turtles pattern, rather than the Dragonflies pattern - the process is the same for both. It was a relaxing day of hand sewing, a not-to-be-hurried project to work on in the still of an evening by a lake, by the ocean, or on a warm
summer's evening anywhere. The pattern itself is transferred onto the top fabric, which will be the main fabric appearing in both the borders and the principal motifs. The background fabric is underneath the main fabric (both right sides up), and is revealed as the pattern is appliqued. The main thing is to have strong contrast between the two. I look forward to seeing the finished wallhangings from this class. And hope it will encourage others to try their hand at hand applique.

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