Making a landscape quilt is the perfect opportunity to try improvisational applique.
Improvisational (Improv for short) Applique means creating an applique design without a specific pattern. Sometimes large outline shapes are used as a guide, such as an animal shape, and filled in with randomly appliqued pieces. It’s like appliqueing without a plan or very little of one.
Last week we discussed composing a landscape quilt, improvisational applique is a great way to turn what’s on your design wall into a reality.
Let’s start by taking a look at the applique stitch:
Mary does a great job teaching the basic hand applique stitch. Use this stitch for your improv applique.
Steps for Improv Applique
Find your starting place…
- Layout fabric scraps on your table or design wall. Move them around until inspiration hits.
- Select an image for inspiration, not necessarily re-creation and get to work.
- Don’t worry about a plan, grab your fabric, needle, and thread – and see where the thimble takes you!
Basting isn’t cheating…
- Use little dabs of glue to hold things in place while you secure with applique stitches.
- Applique right on the design wall.
- Take a close up picture in sections with your phone, then use the images a guides.
There’s no such thing as a mistake…
- No, really. It’s the magic of improv.
- When something isn’t working, try something else. This is an opportunity to exercise creativity. Don’t worry.
- Remember embellishment, it improves everything!