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Join instructor Karen Brow-Meier as she guides you through the process of making this delightful mother and baby turtle applique wall hanging. These workshops are always a lot of fun so we'll see you there!

Sierra Mountain Quilters Association’s to Offer Workshop

OAKHURST — A workshop favorite, this mama and baby turtle duo is both elegant and heart-warming. From workshop teacher Karen Brow-Meier of Java House Quilts, the wall hanging measures 18″ x 23.″ A perfect accent piece for any room in the house.

Image of a wall hanging showing a mother turtle with a baby.

“Newly Hatched”

Date & Time: Friday, April 7, 2023, at 9 a.m. (Doors open at 8:30)

Students can fuse appliqués or turn edges and the class will cover techniques for both. Learn methods for enchanting eyes and those tiny appliqué pieces. You’ll learn how to balance warm and cool colors as well as small and larger scales of prints. The asymmetrical border adds a modern touch and the button embellishments bring a bit of sparkle.

Check out Sierra Mountain Quilters Association where you can register for this workshop and see additional requirements and supplies lists.

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Oakhurst Community Center
39800 Fresno Flats Road
Oakhurst, CA 93644

Top 10 Tips for Successful Applique
  1. Image of "Fairest of the All."

    “Fairest of the All.”

    Choose the right fabric: The fabric you use for your applique wall hanging is crucial for its success. Choose fabrics that are lightweight, but not too flimsy, with a tight weave. Fabrics such as quilting cotton or linen work well.

  2. Prepare your fabric: Before beginning your applique project, it is important to prepare your fabric. Wash and press your fabric to remove any sizing or residue, and make sure it is free of wrinkles.
  3. Use the right tools: A sharp pair of fabric scissors, a rotary cutter, and a cutting mat are essential tools for successful applique. Additionally, you will need a good quality iron and ironing board.
  4. Create a design plan: Before you start appliqueing, create a design plan for your wall hanging. Consider the placement of each applique piece, the colors you will use, and the overall composition.
  5. Practice your technique: If you are new to applique, it is important to practice your technique before beginning your wall hanging. Test your stitches on scraps of fabric until you feel comfortable with the process.
  6. Image of "Elephant Walk."

    “Elephant Walk.”

    Secure your applique pieces: When attaching your applique pieces to the background fabric, use a temporary adhesive such as fabric glue or pins to hold the pieces in place before stitching.

  7. Use the right stitch: There are many different types of stitches you can use for applique, such as satin stitch, blanket stitch, or straight stitch. Experiment with different stitches to find the one that works best for your project.
  8. Take your time: Applique can be a time-consuming process, but taking your time and paying attention to detail will ensure a successful wall hanging.
  9. Finish your edges: Once you have completed your applique, finish the edges of your wall hanging with a binding or facing to give it a professional look.
  10. Enjoy the process: Most importantly, have fun with your applique project and enjoy the process! Creating a beautiful wall hanging is a rewarding and satisfying experience.
Check out this short video on the basics of applique! 

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