Oak leaf and cherries

According to Celia Eddy, oak leaf and cherries is a popular appliqué motif.  The popularity makes it difficult to date the first publication or origins.  It features in Dolores Hinson’s A Quilter’s Companion printed in 1973. Templates for this appliqué can really be drafted from the picture.  Reuse the leaf and the small circles so […]

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appliqué designs

Appliqué designs for Quilting and Machine Embroidery

Appliqué is needlework where pieces of fabric in different shapes and patterns are sewn onto background fabric to form a picture or pattern. Embroidery machines make the art of appliqué substantially simpler, but a lot of quilters still prefer doing the handwork.  I have never been a fan of hand sewing – that’s what machines […]

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Family ties

How to make a men’s neck ties quilt

A men’s ties quilt is the perfect memory quilt.  Some time ago, I decided to take my father’s old ties and make something memorable with it.  Very few companies in South Africa require men to wear ties any more, and dad has also been retired for a while. It was interesting to discover that some […]

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