Peg Spradlin is responsible for making many of the quilts you see in QM’s pages. Peg has sewn for us and our sister publications for many years. She’s a master.
We were so pleased when Peg’s quilt Pinwheel Farm from the current Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks was recognized as best applique quilt in the crib/juvenile division at the 2012 Nebraska State Fair. It also won best overall crib/juvenile quilt.
Congratulations are in order. We’re very proud of Peg, who, by the way, is teaching for us at the upcoming Block Party in Portland March 20–23. You’ll want to sign up fast.
Peg shared some helpful tips about the applique placement for Pinwheel Farm. You can apply this idea to other applique projects, too.
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I had great fun designing and making this quilt for my youngest grandson.
The “fence” surrounding the baby animals is based on my block, Pinwheel Nine Patch, from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 5.
Here’s how I perfectly placed the baby animal applique patches.
Prepare all the patches for turned-edge applique. Make a paper copy of the lamb’s head.
Cut out the lamb’s head so that you have a paper with a hole of the outline and the separate lamb’s head as shown.
Lay the paper with the hole on the quilt where you want the lamb to “live,” then place the ears, the face, and the hair applique patches—just like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle—in the open area of the paper.
Pin or fabric glue the patches so they don’t shift in the sewing process. Remove the paper pattern, applique the patches, and then replace the paper pattern.
Cut the eyes, nose, and slits for the mouth and eyebrows out of the paper lamb’s head.
Fit this paper pattern back into the hole that it was originally cut from, matching edges all around. Place the eyes and the nose in the appropriate openings, then mark the eyebrows and mouth for embroidery.
Pin or fabric glue the nose and eyes so they don’t shift, remove the paper pattern pieces, applique the patches, and embroider the mouth and eyebrows.
Repeat for the other baby animals on the quilt.
You can apply the same principle to other applique projects. Sometimes it’s the simple ideas that make the biggest difference. Our thanks to Peg for sharing her method with QM readers.