Tuesday, August 30, 2011
A lady in my quilt guild makes some of the finest buttonhole stitch hand appliqué in her quilts. I recently conferred with her to find out what thread (and how many strands) she uses, as well as the size of her stitches. I had started this block just before then, so the pineapple (brown) fabric is appliquéd with 2 strands and a larger stitch. The leaves and frame are appliquéd with just one strand and a smaller stitch. I definitely want to try this on some more blocks. And I need the practice. You can click the photo for a larger view. One thing I determined is that it is easier to do the smaller stitches on rounded pieces. The edges of the points (of the leaves) began to fray a bit. I'll have to confer a bit more to see how she deals with things like that.
Oh, and this quilt will be on point, which is why the pineapple is on the diagonal. :)