BLOCK Friday: Appliqué Quilts

Okay, so appliqué isn’t really a quilt block, but it’s a great quilting technique and it deserves some attention!

Have you heard of chintz appliqué? Whether you’re new to appliqué or a seasoned appliqué quilter, the history behind these quilts is extremely interesting, and the technique itself is beautiful and versatile. Many appliqué quilt patterns today resemble chintz from the 1700s, when chintz appliqué was popular.

Chintz is a bold-patterned, Indian fabric that was available in abundance during the time of chintz’s popularity. You’ve probably seen this fabric before, even if you didn’t realize it. Liberty Blooms, the quilt shown here, has that distinctive appliquéd chintz design.

Liberty Blooms Quilt

According to the book, Listening to Herstory, quilts were a popular gift between friends during the 1840s-1860s. Appliqué quilts, in particular, represented a life of leisure and riches because they took so long to make. Young girls learned how to make appliqué quilts at an early age proving their readiness to marry as the quality of their quiltmaking increased.

Today, we have numerous educational opportunities available for the many appliqué techniques that contemporary quilters use. Some of the tutorials offered are for techniques that  include: pictorial appliqué, reverse appliqué, needle-point appliqué, 3-D appliqué, and a satin stitch to finish. Some are hand appliqué techniques, others are machine appliqué, and if you didn’t already know, you can appliqué on your longarm machine.

Annabelle Quilt
Annabelle Block

Wherever you are on your appliqué journey, there’s bound to be a new method or technique for you to try. The world of appliqué is limitless and so much fun!

Appliqué quilts make gorgeous hearth and table decorations, and there’s no way to go wrong with an appliqué quilt as decoration or as a gift. This quilt, Homestead Harvest, is what I picture when I think of an appliqué wall hanging.

Decorate your house for any season and holiday with homemade appliqué projects. You can make a traditional appliqué quilt that looks like it came right out grandma’s attic or make an elegant throw that features pretty petals. What type of appliqué do you prefer?

Carrie Sisk, Online Editor, Fons & Porter


Happy Quilting!

Carrie Sisk, Fons & Porter Online Editor

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Carrie's first sewing machine was a gift from her dad—a better gift was never given. A crafter, trained pianist and experienced paintballer, when the opportunity arises, she's hiking in Yosemite or Rocky Mountain National Park.

4 thoughts on “BLOCK Friday: Appliqué Quilts

  1. I would like to know more about the gentleman who was showing Marianne about stitching stars .Today is May21 2015.
    I really like the way he gave extra details to make stitching the star. It was a Happy Birthday Banner.can you help me out?

  2. Help! Sorry to use this area for this comment, but I have searched the entire site and cannot locate the area where one can submit tips, as invited at the end of each television program. Also, the sizing charts do not load. Instead, we get pattern offerings for various quilts.