Applique Basics

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!

Whisper Collection

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!



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  • Hildy - Thanks for sharing this cute block with us it’s so sweet of you:-)ReplyCancel

  • Tammy spencer - Cute block. I am looking forward to seeing them all. Nice applique kit box from fat quarter shop. Love that site.ReplyCancel

  • DeAnna Dodson - Lovely as always! And I LOVE Shabby Fabrics. They always have the best fabric lines. :DReplyCancel

  • Susan - What a cute block…..will have to make this….. love your blog!!!ReplyCancel

  • sunny - Well this sounds like fun! I can’t wait to get started.ReplyCancel

  • gale - Love it, my list for Santa is quickly growing. Now I need to win the lottery, to buy everything on it.ReplyCancel

  • Margaret Mead - Can’t wait to try this 80wt thread! Thanks for the applique blocks.ReplyCancel

  • Kay - This looks fantastic. I really wish we had access to the fantastic kits in the U.K., I know I can order them form the Fat Quarter Shop but with international postage and import/tax charges they work out terribly expensive. I will be looking out for some of the contents though, especially the 70w Aurifil, anything to make sewing easier. xReplyCancel

  • Sue H - How fun! I Love Applique!!!ReplyCancel

  • Susan Smith - I love this sweet block and Brenda’s fabric is perfect for it!ReplyCancel

  • tonia conner - This is such a sweet fabric line, your applique block is a perfect partner. I want to make a baby quilt out of this. Can you give me the approx. measurment of yardage needed for the six blocks. I can always add the amount to finish my project. I’m ordering my tool kit today and will use the coupon for my fabric. Thanks for your giving us your designed blocks.ReplyCancel

  • Karen Martin - I’m dying to try this thread–I’ll be ordering some for sure!ReplyCancel

  • Lea Kagel - Hi Anne,
    I made your adorable snow pockets and thought I’d share something I did with the scalloped white pocket trim: I took a small hole punch, centered it on the scallop hump and punched a hole through the felt. It made it look like felt eyelet!

    BTW the thread line is soft and lovely. I adore pastels and the practice applique is sweet!

    Happy Thanksgiving,
    Lea of Danville, CAReplyCancel

  • mimi'sdarlins - I saw this on IG and fell in love with it, Anne. It’s just perfect.ReplyCancel