Pattern: by Erin Russek
Size: 13″ x 13“
Methods of Construction: Hand Applique, Hand Embellshed, Hand Quilting, Machine Piecing.
Fabrics used: various Batik fabrics
Completed April 2012
This quilt was created for last year’s guild challenge. The theme was applique and embellishment. Both of the things in quilting that I have not ever done before. I was actually afraid of appliqueing by hand – though you could do any type of applique you wanted for the challenge. You can see the other challenge quilts for 2012 here.
I chose the pattern from the blog One Block at a Time by Erin Russek. She offers a free applique block of the month pattern every year. I had long admired the patterns, but was not sure I could do them myself. I bit the bullet and reduced the pattern size to ¼ to fit the challenge requirements. My friend JoAnne taught me how to back-baste applique and I was off and running on this quilt.
This quilt was the jumping off for me to do hand applique. While still not my favorite way to create a quilt, it is relaxing sometimes and is extremely portable.