I have completed the next block in my Heart Sampler applique project. The quilt, if you have not read previously, is for an Applique Club project I am beginning in our local quilt guild this month. I am a longtime member of the Mid-Michigan Quilters' Guild in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.
I have not done Shadow Applique before, nor have I seen it in a quilt. The block is completed by placing the applique cut-outs onto the ground fabric and covering the entire block with a voile fabric. The voile is basted down around the applique shape before applying stitching. A running stitch is sewn through all layers around the inside and outside edges of the applique shapes using a matching color thread to the applique shape. Once the stitching is completed, the fabric color shows through the voile, but in a muted value, thus called a shadow. Finally, the voile fabric is trimmed to a 1/4" around the perimeter of the shape and basted down with white thread, so that it does not show.
The process was simple. I used a fabric that I had on hand, so I am not sure if it is actually voile. I placed some organza fabric over the shape, but did not feel the results matched the picture of the block in the book. By the way, the book is from Applique! Applique! Applique! The Complete Guide to Hand Applique, by Laurene Sinema, copyright 1992. Her instructions are very good and I like many of the projects in the book.
Block #4 - Shadow Applique Heart Block
Until the next block is complete....Enjoy!