When Aurifil introduced their new 80wt. thread for applique, Kimberly (Fat Quarter Shop) and I, decided it was a great time to bring you some applique fun using this wonderful thread! Over the next few months The Jolly Jabber blog will be featuring posts on applique, every other Thursday, starting today! I designed 6 applique blocks for this series and The Fat Quarter Shop will have them for free! They’ll include one of the patterns with each of the applique blog posts! Each block can be framed, or you can simply add a border and use it as a mni quilt. They are great practice blocks to keep up your applique skills, and maybe along the way you’ll develop some new ones. You’ll find the first applique block on the Jolly Jabber blog starting today! It’s called Hearts & Flowers and it’s the perfect block to make for Valentines Day. (In case you missed their blog post, I’ve included the pattern here): hearts-flowers
We selected Brenda Riddle’s beautiful Fleurs fabric from Moda for this block. I used the needle-turn method of applique to give the applique a soft rounded look. I selected Fat Quarter Shop’s Whisper Collection of 80wt. thread to go with this fabric. If you’re anything like me and love the soft, shabby colors of this fabric, then this is the perfect thread pack to have on hand. I love this new 80wt. thread from Aurifil!
To make applique a little easier, you need the right tools, and Fat Quarter Shop has put together the perfect Applique Basics Box! I helped select these tools, so I’m really excited about this box. This makes the perfect gift for Christmas! Do you see that coupon at the bottom of the picture? It’s included in the box, and it gives you 20% off the Applique 80wt. thread kits at The Fat Quarter Shop. Also included in the Applique Basics Kit, is a spool of Aurifil 80wt thread for you to try! I think you’ll want to buy more thread once you try it!
Hop on over to The Jolly Jabber blog to get your first free applique pattern, Hearts & Flowers. Happy applique from Bunny Hill and The Fat Quarter Shop!