Number of Lessons: 3
Price: US$ 30.00
Tutor: Susan Dorchester
On Demand: Start anytime
This historic approach to applique is for both hand and machine applique. The Broderie Perse technique allows you to create elaborate applique designs without going through the tedious steps of forming each motif yourself. You choose a fabric that includes the designs you like and applique the entire motif in one piece. Cutting out different areas allows you to be the designer of your own wall quilt. Susan Dorchester includes instructions for hand applique with a blanket stitch and for machine applique with satin, zigzag, invisible, blanket and straight stitches. This class will not include instructions for needleturn applique. Students will construct a simple wall quilt using the Broderie Perse method. Hanging instructions and label ideas are included. Skill level: advanced beginner to intermediate.
Broderie perse was traditionally made with chintz fabric, which is printed on heavier cotton than quilting cottons and has a glazed finish. It is expensive and must be dry cleaned. Therefore, we suggest that you try your first project with good quality quilting cotton that has the right kind of print.
There is a complete discussion of fabric and all the considerations for what is needed in Lesson One. If you have a local quilt shop, you can wait until the class begins before you go shopping. If you must order online, we provide a brief description of the fabric type required.
Cotton batting 1 yard - use a weight appropriate for a wall hanging. If you plan to hand quilt, consider that when making your choice.
Optional: For invisible machine stitching: Mono Poly By Superior Threads or your favorite polyester monofilament thread
12" square ruler (optional)
24" rotary ruler
Keeping the size of the quilt in mind, the amount of fabric needed will vary depending on how large the flowers and leaves are and how many are being used. It may help to make a paper template that is 18" square and take it with you when you go shopping for fabric. The template will help with the size of the motifs that will work best for this quilt.