or have I simply seen the light? I have always done hand applique. Hand work, for many reasons, appeals to me. It is portable, sociable and I like the way it looks are amongst some of the reasons. However, just lately I have had a hankering to learn machine applique. For about the last year I kept thinking about joining a class or something to learn. When I started talking to people about it I decided to teach myself. Everything else I have ever done (in the craft line) I have taught myself, so I figured I could do this as well.
This is what made me hasten things along.
Kim McLean's Flower Pot quilt. There was discussion on my Yahoo group Repro Fabric Lovers, that Cabbage Rose quilt shop in Texas was offering this as a Block of the Month, with fabrics already lazer cut with vlisofix applied - all ready to just stick and stitch. How easy is that? Must be the ultimate lazy BOM! Of course, you have to know how to do machine applique, or at least be ready to do hand buttonhole, in order to do it. I could not work out how else to do it, so I paid my money and off I am going with something new to learn. The first block arrived last week, and I really was torn between doing buttonhole by hand and risking making a mess with it on the machine.
In no way am I attempting to tell you how to do machine applique like the experts, but I am telling you to have a go and experiment if you are in doubt. Play about with the threads, and the stitches and see what you can come up with. I love this project, and the fact that you can get a block done in less than a day has me hooked good and proper.