Learn the back-basting method of hand applique from Wendy Whellum as you make this fabulous and fun project using her quilt pattern. With large, 15in blocks, you only need 12 to make a bed quilt.
Full materials list included in instructions
Detailed step-by-step instructions illustrated with diagrams and close-up photo will guide you through each stage of making this quilt
Applique shapes are provided on the pattern sheet full-size, ready to trace
Instructions are for needleturn applique sewn by hand using the back basting method to prepare them. Wendy provides detailed tuition on back basting. However, you can adapt the instructions to suit the applique method of your choice if you prefer
Make the zigzag sashing strips from half-square triangles units to streamline construction
It's easy to change the size of the quilt - just make more or fewer blocks
Chapter 1: Meet Wendy Whellum (3 mins). Wendy has tried a wide variety of hand appliqué techniques over the years.
Chapter 2: Requirements and tools (7 mins). Wendy introduces the back-basting method of hand appliqué. She explains why some fabrics, threads and needles work better than others.
Chapter 3: Preparing appliqué shapes (16 mins). Back basting doesn't require any special tools or notions: just fabric, needles and thread. See Wendy demonstrate what's involved - it's much faster than many other methods.
Chapter 4: Appliqueing (35 mins). Wendy stitches some shapes on a demonstration block. She also shows you how she achieves wonderful results on inner and outer points and with circles.
Chapter 5: Sashings (7 mins). Once all the blocks for this quilt have been appliquéd, you'll need to piece the sashings and appliqué the cornerstones. Wendy shows you how.
Chapter 6: Finishing the quilt (4 mins). Wendy provides an overview of quilt assembly, hand quilting and binding.
Chapter 7: Gallery (11 mins). See more examples of Wendy's wonderful appliqué and patchwork quilts.
Who taught you your crafting skills? My grandmother taught me to knit, embroider, dressmaking and cooking. The rest I taught myself from books, as I needed to know. I went to classes if I wanted to learn something new and that my books didn’t have information on.
Any good stories from those lessons?Yes! Follow the instructions. Read them first before you cut up all those bits of fabrics.
From where do you draw inspiration? I love antique quilts - both the simple everyday quilts made from scraps and the luxurious appliquéd quilts made by the ladies of leisure. I have a large collection of books about antique quilts, and can spend a lot of time poring over the pages.
Do you teach your skills to others? Yes, I have been teaching for about 10 years. I have a regular class at one of our local quilt shops, and also teach for guilds or quilting groups and retreats whenever I get the opportunity.
How would you describe your style? What makes it unique? Reproduction style, but I use lots of bright colours. Friends tell me they can always pick out one of my quilts because of the colours. I try not to match too much, and I like to choose the colours at random.