for Applique'
One-Day Workshop with

Mary L. Hackett
600 Country Club Lane
Carterville, IL 62918-1629 USA

To open up the possibilities for designing your own applique' patterns, we will learn to produce a pattern from ANY object you desire. All students will make at least one pattern, based on photographs brought to class. Working at your own pace, you will design the pattern in the morning and then use this pattern in the afternoon to sew your own original block!

Mary's tips for hand applique' and machine applique' techniques will have your project well underway before the end of class.

Basic quiltmaking skills are assumed, including at least some familiarity with applique' methods.


Assemble photos of several good subjects for applique', from magazines, calendars, or your own snapshots. These could be architectural features (floor, gate, or door designs), flowers or shells, animals, or outdoor objects (mailbox, birdbath, garden statuary). Choose 2 or 3 items and "blow them up" on your computer or at a copy shop, so that the object of interest is the correct size to feature in a quilt block. Make 3 copies in the enlarged size. Begin to generate


  • Small amounts (fat quarters should do, even scraps) of a variety of fabrics that fit the subjects you chose above. Remember to include very dark and very light fabrics, so that you will be able to represent shadows which will enhance the realism of your subject.
  • Background squares of your choice. 12 to 15-inch squares of solid fabrics (or read-as-solid) that are appropriate to your chosen subject matter.
  • Threads to match your fabrics. If machine sewing, also load bobbins with matching threads.
  • Freezer paper and several sheets of typing or copy paper
  • Wonder Under or your favorite fusible (if you choose to use this with machine applique' techniques) and

  • For machine appliquers: Sewing machine in good working order (know how to use it, please!), feet and attachments you need for your technique. Also deli paper or your favorite stabilizer.
  • Comfort stuff such as a chair cushion, personal light, extension cord, etc. (optional)
  • Sharpie Brand black marker. Preferably, the one that has a Fine tip on one end and an Ultra-Fine point on the other. If you cannot find this, bring one of each.
  • Scissors for paper, pencils and eraser, White-Out type correction fluid, tiny cheap paint brush (for starch), small ruler
  • Pigma or other fine fabric markers in several colors including black and brown (optional)
  • Basic sewing kit, including pins, applique' pins, marking tools, scissors, spray starch, etc. Bring what YOU like to use for applique'. You know the drill!
  • Useful but not required: Value finder, reducing glass, small planning board, Teflon pressing sheet, Fray Check, note-taking supplies, personal iron, digital or Polaroid camera, and

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