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Stitching with Elegant Silk at Vermont Quilt Festival

  • Vermont Technical College 201 Lawrence Pl, Williston, VT 05495 USA (map)
Lily and Rose Flower blocks (16” x 16”)

Lily and Rose Flower blocks (16” x 16”)

Stitching with Elegant Silk, Victorian Flower Blocks

Hand Reverse Needle-turn Applique with Trace, Baste, Snip & Stitch         

Taught by Margaret Brewster Willingham

Intermediate/ Advanced Workshop   

Thursday, June 27, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Choose one of nine flower patterns to stitch by Hand Reverse Applique in gorgeous silk fabrics.      

100% Silk. It’s radiant. It’s elegant. So luxurious, but traditionally difficult to work with.  It frays just sitting on your sewing table.  But now it’s possible for you to make one of these stencil-styled flowers from our Victorian Flower Garden quilt IV with beautiful results.   Use our trace, baste, snip & stitch process and the light weight fusible stabilizer we prefer.  Stabilizer tames the fraying, and gives body to the silk.  Learn some tips from my experience for creating with this elegant fabric.  You will have great control over your piece whether stitching a sharp inside or outside pointed leaf or a blossom’s curving edge.  Choose two silk fabrics and either the Lily, Rose, Sunflower, Apple Blossom, Forget-Me-Not, Trumpet Vine, Fuchsia or Iris - each 16” x 16”. Grow in confidence and experience doing reverse needle-turn applique and watch your blossom bloom.  Use the block in a quilt, or finish as a 16” pillow.

Apple Blossom and Sunflower Blocks (16” x 16”)

Apple Blossom and Sunflower Blocks (16” x 16”)

 Required: Choose from Lily, Rose, Sunflower, Apple Blossom, Forget-Me-Not, Trumpet Vine, Thistle, Fuchsia, Iris patterns (16” x 16”) - $15.50 print/ $11.63 digital.  Patterns available at www.eobquiltdesign.com .

Supply list:

  • 1 – Fat Quarter Medium-dark silk, top fabric*

  • 1 – Fat Quarter Light silk, background fabric

  • 2 – Fat Quarters of rtex 100% polyester iron-on stabilizer (provided in class by Instructor for $12.00 – payable to Instructor) 

  • No. 7 Sharps needle for basting

  • No. 11 Milliner’s needle for stitching

  • 1 spool Button/ Hand quilting thread for basting (CONTRASTING COLOR to top fabric)

  • 1 spool thread for stitching (SAME COLOR as top fabric). May want silk thread.

  • Mechanical pencil or Frixion gel pen for tracing pattern onto background fabric

  • 9 Safety pins

  • 1 pair small, sharp scissors

  • Light box for tracing pattern onto background fabric

    Helpful items: Scotch tape; Needle threader for small eyed needles; Portable “good” lighting  

    *If wanting to finish your flower block as a pillow, get 2 Fat Quarters of your top fabric. 

    Needles, personal light, desk needle threader and small sharp scissors available from Instructor or at www.eobquiltdesign.com

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