Nancy's Beginnings

Here I will document experiences in my new world of quilting.

Beth Ferrier applique class

At the MN Quilt Show, I had the opportunity to take an all-day applique class from Beth Ferrier.  She was a hoot!  Using wash-away applique sheets, we learned how to do machine applique that looks like needle-turn (if you don't look too closely).  Being someone who H-A-T-E-S any hand-sewing, this was the technique for me!

Here is Beth showing us one of her beautiful quilts.

Even with an over-full class, Beth found time to give each of us individual attention.

She was so talented, so helpful, and SO FUNNY!

By the end of the class, we had only completed one flower and two leaves.

Working at my usual break-neck speed at home (said tongue-in-cheek), one month later I have the 18-inch block done.  I decided to make a small wall-hanging instead of a pillow or one-block of a larger project.  I have a new appreciation of how much work goes into full--size applique quilts!  My flowers are 3 shades of purple - not blue as they appear here.

A close up.  I used some decorative stitching on the edges of the orange ribbon, but Beth's technique calls for invisible thread on the edges of the applique.

This project also gave me a chance to try my new Zip Bind system (Martelli) which I had purchased in the vendor area.  This is the front showing the stitch-in-the-ditch along the binding.

On the back side, the stitching picks up the very edge of the binding.  I think I could have hand-sewn this binding in the time it took me to figure out the system.  The sales person was very good at it - a slick sales job!  Still, I think I'll stay with it because i don't like hand sewing.

Published Sat, Jul 17 2010 7:33 PM by MNnancy


# re: Beth Ferrier applique class@ Saturday, July 17, 2010 10:57 PM

Nancy you have a beautiful wallhanging.  I would love to take one of Beth's classes but I haven't seen her listed in this area.  I also like your binding and I bet it gets easier and quicker each time you use it.

by Nana

# re: Beth Ferrier applique class@ Saturday, July 17, 2010 11:55 PM

Love the quilt Nancy. You did a wonderful job with it. I have one of Beth's books and a few patterns from her site. She seems like a lot of fun from the videos I've seen on QNNtv.

I recently learned about the zip bind system. I've been looking for a video of it on the Martelli site.

by Kris

# re: Beth Ferrier applique class@ Thursday, July 29, 2010 9:46 AM

I love your wall hanging!! I am very hesitant to start a quilt with appliqué I do not like hand sewing either. But I am finding so many great quilt patterns with appliqué I might just try one.  I have been sharing a great website I found called they have all types of unique and creative downloadable quilt patterns and a great selection of all types of kites, quilt patterns, just about everything even fabric.  If you are ever looking for some creative quilt patterns or just want to be inspired you should check this site out!

by Anonymous

# re: Beth Ferrier applique class@ Thursday, April 14, 2011 4:55 PM


What a great post! Love how you walked us through your day. You did a beautiful job on your wall hanging and will have such a fond memory every time you look at it. Thanks for sharing.