Sunday, September 15, 2013

Machine Back-Basting for Hand Applique

Students in my year-long class at Bear's Paw Fabrics in Towson, MD are making great progress on their blocks. The lesson this month was back-basting on the sewing machine as a prep for hand applique. The border swags on my Baltimore Garden Quilt were done this way and the borders went so quickly! Students were skeptical at first, but they learned that it is very easy to do, and so speedy to applique! (All smiles!) The technique is described in the book, and we did a sample in class with just two sets of swags.

Of course, we also have to showcase some of their blocks in progress.

"Well, I didn't think I was going to like this technique, but I do!"
‘Til next time, Keep Stitching!
©2013 Barbara M. Burnham


  1. I plan on doing mine this way, makes so much sense. I love backbasting as a applique method but would have never considered the machine. Duh! Thanks for turning on the lightbulb!

    1. Actually, it was Jeana Kimball who turned on the lightbulb. She gave me the idea originally, and permission to include the technique in Baltimore Garden Quilt, written in my own words.


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