There are so many quilters like Dawn and Hilda , just to name two that really like back basting appliqué and do such beautiful work with this method so I thought I should give it a try.
I watched videos about how to go about it but decided I needed a book because I am a book person and like to have something in my hands to refer to.Back Basting Appliqué Step by Step by Barbara J Eikmeier was recommended and it is a good book with lots of information. The only thing I needed more of was information about how to fussy cut your fabric using this method.
The first mistake I made was when I marked the pattern on my background fabric. I marked it on the right side of the fabric and it was supposed to be on the wrong side of the fabric. No problem I said to myself it’s only marked with a pencil and that will wash out. Not so easily done. I did finally get the marks out after several washings with several different products.
My next problem - I kept losing the holes in the fabric when I was stitching the pieces and so I wasn’t able to stay on the pattern line. I used the needle and thread that was recommended . Maybe it was the fabric I used.
I kept pushing on and did get the little quilt finished. I may give this method another try sometime but for now I have decided it’s not for me.
Thank goodness the pieces in this project were fairly large. I simply can’t understand how people are able to do tiny little pieces with back basting.
I hope you are able to find a little stitching time in this busy season.