Mother’s Day is a big day for quilts, and giving quilts as gifts is always such a joy. Try appliqué quilt patterns this holiday, like the bright and cheery, 1930s-style Foxglove Manor with its appliquéd vines and flowers. Appliqué quilt patterns offer unique quilt designs and plenty of personality! Featured in the Love of Quilting May/June 2016 issue, this bed-size quilt has a curvy border with rickrack trim to frame in the appliqué work just perfectly.
Marianne Fons is a big fan of appliqué. She talks about two types in episode 2407 of Love of Quilting: needle-turn appliqué (Marianne’s preferred method) and raw-edge machine appliqué. The star of this episode is Ralli Pop – a quilt inspired by women quilters of Pakistan who are skilled in the art of appliqué quilts.
There are many types of appliqué in quilting, so how do you choose? A great rule of thumb is to follow the recommendations in your quilt patterns. If you’re not sure how to work that type of appliqué, Fons & Porter has free Sew Easy lessons to walk you through the steps! We’ll teach you about each technique, so you can tackle your quilt patterns with confidence. Below are the instructions for needle-turn appliqué as used in the Ralli Pop quilt above.
Let’s take a closer look at Marianne’s preferred appliqué method: needle-turn appliqué derives its name from the action of turning under the seam allowance edge of appliqué pieces with the needle used for stitching. The traditional stitch used to secure the folded edge of the fabric to the background is a blindstitch. The blindstitch, as the name suggests, should virtually disappear when using a thread that matches the color of the appliqué fabric. Take a peek below for needle-turn appliqué step-by-step instructions.
Appliqué projects have a completely different look than strictly pieced quilts. We love them all, but why not work on a project that has some extra flair this holiday? The deserving mother in your life will be honored.
After that, try a search in ShopFonsandPorter.com for “appliqué” and see if anything strikes your fancy! If you come across an appliqué technique that you could use some guidance on, check out our free Sew Easy lessons.
Enjoy this Mother’s Day holiday by celebrating yourself or someone you appreciate with an appliqué quilt. If you’re not sure you’ll finish it by the time May 8th rolls around, do what my mom does: include a picture of the quilt pattern in a wrapped box. Tell me which pattern you choose in the comments below – I’d love to hear about it.
Happy (Appliqué) Quilting!