I had the Chester Criswell quilt in my possession for about 25 years before I started the current project. I was frightened by the thought of all that applique. When my patchwork group did a session on needleturn I found myself busy doing ... anything else.
Facing my fears, I signed up for a course with Quilt University titled Hawaiian Quilting 101. It was wonderful. The instruction was clear, starting from zero and moving step by step through the hand applique and the quilting process. My piece is still a UFO, but this is my first ever needleturn project.
|Hawaiian Quilting UFO|
I use the instructions from Hawaiian Quilting 101 to make the CCCQ blocks. This is how I made Reuben Stubb's block.
I fold the fabric in half and in half again, pressing lightly, and pin the paper pattern to the fabric.
|Cutting from folded fabric|
|Fabric piece cut from paper pattern|
I baste the applique to the background using a contrasting 'ugly' thread (so you want to get rid of it as soon as possible.)
|The pattern emerges from chaos|