Sycamore Rose – Block 12

Block 12


Here is Sycamore Rose – Block 12 ready to download.

I’ve been on a bit of an applique adventure these last couple of weeks.  It started with a Craftsy class by one of my all-time favorite applique designers, Mimi Dietrich.  She’s phenomenal and makes it very easy for a beginner to get started.  One of her books was the first applique book that I owned.  And really, it’s what started me down the applique path.  So watching her class on hand applique was like hearing from an old friend.  I really like her methods of basting the appliques before they’re placed on the background.  I used to glue baste, then graduated to freezer paper on top (or in my case, templates cut from full sheet mailing labels), to needle turn, to the starch and iron methods.  The only downside to the starch and iron method is the time involved.  I like busy work, so once I get going, I’m fine.  But I find the time leading up to the project to be a bit daunting.  Knowing that it will take all of one evening to prep all my pieces kind of sucks a little of the joy away.  So, taking a cue from Mimi, I decided to glue baste the next appliques and was amazed at the time saved.  It was so fast!  A real time saver.  So now I’m back in the glue-basting corner.  I’m pretty fickle, so I know I’m likely to change sides in a little while, but for now, it seems to suit me.

What methods of applique do you use?  Is there one you go back to time and again?

Whatever method you use, I hope you have fun!


12 thoughts on “Sycamore Rose – Block 12

  1. I fell in love with applique when I learned the starch, iron method using no-melt mylar templates. I then glue everything down to the background with a washable product. It is a lot of prep or seems like it to me, but I love the crisp edge that my applique pieces have. It is wonderful to pick it up at anytime and enjoy the hand sewing.
    Thank you for your generous designs.

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  2. I love the starch and freezer paper method, I do it in the evenings when I have time (or early morning before work) working in 10-40 minute sections. I love the crisp turn and the glued down pieces for sewing on the road. I changed up the blocks a bit (quilt police are on my tail) and shrunk them by 50%, so my pieces are tiny. I love smaller applique blocks!! Just to make this more difficult, i am making two of each block so my quilt will match the size of the original and using a different color set for each block. I am in LOVE with the patterns!!


  3. I am going through the waves and have tried everything. Mylar is too expensive I find but use freezer paper and I am happy with that. love the patterns, thank you.


  4. You know, that’s interesting. I think I’ve tried them all, too. I still prefer to iron the freezer paper on top, trace, then needle turn. It seems to take the least time, and I don’t like having a creased edge, so I can roll it one way or the other if I need to. Isn’t it funny that you went around the whole circle and came back to where you started? I’m wondering if there is anything different about the way you glue baste now, as opposed to originally.


    1. One of my goals for 2015 is to actually take a class on needleturn. Everything I’ve learned has been from books and videos, which are great!, but there’s no one to ask when there’s a tricky situation. So, I’m going to get brave and step into a classroom. Then, maybe, I will have more success needleturning.


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