On Sunday I did a second class with Mariya Waters. In this class we learned her clever method of machine appliqué, which allows you to turn under the edges of the fabric as you would if sewing by hand. Raw-edge appliqué has its place, but I have never felt comfortable using it on anything that will be frequently washed. You can also use her methods with hand appliqué if you prefer.
Yes, I know: it is very bright. I started with Philip Jacobs’s spring foxgloves fabric and got a bit carried away. As I plan to do with the piece I made in the other class with Mariya, I intend to turn this into a cushion.
Mariya kindly let me use some of her lovely fine threads, and I can see how they make all the difference. The fine top thread just disappears. You have to get very close to see how the patch is sewn down. After years of being told very firmly that cotton quilts must be sewn with cotton thread, I am prepared to rebel. I might just have to save my pocket-money and order some of those threads, which are only available online (not locally).
Now I have this technique under my belt, I feel more confident tackling a few appliqué projects I have wanted to make but have been cautious about starting. I love hand appliqué; it is wonderfully relaxing, but it is so very time-consuming.
If you are interested in quilting and have not seen any of Mariya’s work, you really do need to check out the images of her award-winning quilts on her website. She teaches in as far-flung places as Melbourne, Australia, and Dallas, Texas, so watch out for an opportunity to take her class near you. I learned a lot in the two days.