I am constantly looking for ways to add some motion to my quilts, or to create a three-dimensional effect. Many of my quilt designs have pieced, classic block backgrounds, combined with strip quilting and raw-edge applique. I like to really mix it up. Using various quilting techniques, allows me unlimited creative design.
For example, in this little quilted beach pillow, adding a bit of crochet and lace to the waves gives a sense of froth. The top of the crochet lace is turned under ¼”, along with the top of the wave. This gives the wave a smooth look, while also adding a bit of depth. The same goes for the froth on the sand.
Create some movement to leaves and flowers using raw-edge applique.
I like to make them appear to flutter. The process is simple. Use fusible bond for fabrics to the back of your leaf fabric. Then top-stitch only the veins of the leaf. Leave the edges alone. Let them ruffle a bit at the edges. Use Frey Check glue to the edges of the leaf to keep them from fraying.
You might notice that the fence post is classic applique with a turned_¼” _edge, while the grass horizon is raw-edge. Turning the edge gives the design element a solid and heavier look. Raw-edge gives the element a fragile look. By using both techniques you can add depth and movement.
Happy Quilting my Friends and don't be afraid to mix it up.
Sharon Joy Picciolo