I have been trying to figure out how to do appliqué on my quilts and other projects for years. I have tried needle turn ( lumpy curves), then I tried iron on appliqué (too stiff), then I tried iron on interfacing and turn inside out, then hand stitch (works great for bigger shapes, too difficult on smaller shapes) and finally one of you wonderful people here suggested in a link to follow along with a video on Youtube to learn how to do it another way. Success!
The Youtube video is "McCall's quilting fancy flowers quilt along: lessons 1-11"
I watched all eleven videos, got out my liquid starch, and a small soft paintbrush, and some freezer paper and got to work one Saturday. I worked for me!
It took another member mentioning a free pattern on RJR fabrics site to find the perfect test of my new skill. Now if any of you have kept up with my work, you will notice I seldom work on practice pieces, I just go for it, and my growing pile of UFOs proves it. (I have a really stiff pile of blocks for a teapot wall hanging to show for my work with the iron on, lol!)
the free pattern by Robyn Pandolph for www.rjrfabrics.com
The picture is my translation of her pattern, with my own embellishments, hat I am going to turn into a hunting quilt for BFF's DH. His birthday is in October, wish me luck. The other two are the panel I am working on, and a close up of the dish my plant is growing out of. It is just a scrap of Christmas fabric that looked like an Asian ceramic planter. Worked pretty cool if you ask me, and I can no longer see it as Christmas fabric.
Well, what do you think? Will it pass the 'fast horse test'?