Saturday, February 25, 2012

Back-basted applique baskets

Here is my current carry-around project for monthly bee meetings. The basket pattern is from the book When the Cold Wind Blows by Barb Adams and Alma Allen. I'm only making 20 of them for a wall hanging, with nine-patches in-between.

Some people would choose to get these done sooner and work on them at home, but I need handwork prepped and ready to go so I can grab it between work and my evening bees.

This method of appliqué is called back-basted appliqué, a method taught by Jeana Kimball. My friend Debbie S showed me this method after she took Jeana's class. This is now my preferred method of appliqué because it made a lot of sense to me. Prior to this, I never did much appliqué, in spite of taking a number of classes that taught various methods. I was never satisfied with my work because the pieces never stayed put, but would travel as I stitched them down.

In case you never heard of the back-basting method, here is a straightforward tutorial from Gaye Boomers.


In progress (top photo), prepped and ready to go (second photo), and back view with stitches over drawn lines (last).

1 comment:

tink's mom said...

Hi welcome to blog land. The Basket is coming out very nicely. Never heard of this method of basting. Will have to google it.