New Orleans House Project

Friday, October 23, 2020

Appliqué Update


I chose to use reverse appliqué for the center heart - because I've never really done reverse appliqué on a project. I figured the heart would be an easy intro to the process, thanks to the generous size, easy curves and only one point.

I did do a quick practice piece, just to get the right sequence for using freezer paper to prep for the appliqué.

As with my last Cassandra's Circle block, I used machine appliqué with monofilament thread to stitch everything in place.  I've been doing plenty of hand stitching on flamingo hexies and quilt bindings, so I didn't want to add more strain to my wrists by doing hand appliqué.

I've been giving some thought to my next appliqué project, and looking for inspiration online and in my quilt book library.  Last week, Lori from Humble Quilts mentioned a new (free) BOM from Sentimental Stitches:  Poppy's Polka Dot Garden.  
I went ahead and downloaded the fabric requirements and setting plan, along with blocks one and two.  I'm still in thinking mode though, as the blocks are only nine inches in size - smaller than what I've been stitching lately.  I do love all the designs in the quilt, so maybe I'll take the plunge - I'm always up for a quilting challenge!


  1. Your Cassandra's Circle is lovely...nice reverse applique--looks great.
    Nine inch blocks do sound small-ish..but it is a very pretty quilt...
    hugs, Julierose

  2. It's great to have challenges! Should be a wonderful quilt to make. Sweet new block!

  3. Looks like you were very successful with your reverse appliqué! I use monofilament thread as well - it's so invisible, works great for machine appliqué. Oh boy that's a great looking BOM. I am going to have to contemplate this one!

  4. Oh my... your Cassandra's block is gorgeous !!
    Gay kindly offers us a wonderful challenge.... But I'm a little busy !
    I can't wait to see your progress !!

  5. What could be more fun that a new quilting project. 9 inches is a nice size to work with, not too tiny, but not giant either.

  6. I've been eyeing that polka dot BOM, too - nine inch blocks are an appealing size!

  7. Oh Angie, I hope you do this quilt as I have been inspired by it too. It will be fun to see all the variations. Gay is such a generous quilter!

  8. Hope you are safe from the storm. Nice blocks.