Applique in a Day
Applique in a
Here are three blocks I have made from Eleanor Burn's
book "Applique in a Day". The
first one I chose to make was the grape vine wreath.
I love purple, but the main reason I chose this block was the dimension. The grapes are made of yo-yo's, so they stick out from the
background block. I also had fun
with the twisty embroidered vines. I used
to have a grape vine in my backyard and this block really reminds me of the fun
we had picking, eating, and making jam from the grapes.
next block I chose to make was the flower basket.
Again, the dimension of the basket and flowers both give such interest to
the block. The basket is shaped by
making pleats in the blue fabric. The
small flowers are made from yo-yo's. The
large flowers are rouched. This
was my first attempt at this technique, so I wasn't sure if I would like it.
Eleanor's instructions in the book make it very simple to do; she
provides great directions, and helpful pictures.
I was so pleased! The
flowers look great!
third block I chose to make was the Distlefink.
I love this block for its European look.
The tulips are very unusual, and the bird is beautiful.
I especially like Eleanor's suggestion to use a pearl for the bird's
eye. There is little embroidery,
but it gives the picture just the right finish.
In the book there are instructions for sewing the embroidery on the
sewing machine. The finished look is
just as lovely.
As you can see, Eleanor Burns is my favorite author/teacher for quilting.
I love each of her books that I own, but especially this one.
Most of her sewing techniques are simple, but they are real time savers
that I would never have thought of myself.
Being a mother of seven, I'm always interested in saving time. "
Applique in a Day" is different from many of her earlier books, so I
was excited to buy it. I couldn't
find it in any of the nearby fabric stores, but when my Aunt Diane was in Denver
for a visit, she found it for me. I was
remaining blocks in this book are as striking as the three I have completed.
Some of my other favorite blocks are the fruit basket and the holly
wreath. I am eager to finish
the entire quilt.
Applique in a
The book Susie was referring to is
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the picture of the book to get a copy.
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