I have a new sewing term that I just made up: Happlique!
What and why? Well, I love to appliqué. Appliqué makes me happy. Hand appliqué that turns out well makes me even happier. Thus, the term Happlique!
It all started with this CreativeBug Class by Carolyn Friedlander. (affiliate)
Because I love modern design and appliqué, I was totally drawn to this class. Up to this point I’ve only done simple needle turn projects. I wanted to try something more complex and this was a perfect class for me to stretch my skills. While I was sewing my wall hanging I kept thinking about how happy this project made me feel.
Another thing that stood out was how fast this CreativeBug Class is from start to finish. The class is only 30 minutes in length. The technique is easy to follow, and (at least in my case) the outcome was above what I expected. Note: If you’ve never heard of CreativeBug, check out my blog post on Online Craft Classes.
Since I am such a novice in many areas of quilting I decided to mimic the class design. Rather than getting wrapped around the axle over fabric choices, I thought it best to keep it as simple as possible. It turns out I had the fabric on hand. The background, backing, and binding are from Art Gallery’s Maker Collection. The appliqué design is from the Modern Background Paper Collection by Moda (I think???). You can find most of the fabrics at Fat Quarter Shop. (affiliate)
What makes this so nice is the project’s portability. I can easily watch the video on my phone or tablet. The project is small enough to fit into most purses making it fun to sit and stitch while you’re waiting for an appointment or even on a lunch break.
And, a small project like this doesn’t create a big mess. For those of you who are sewing space challenged, simple hand appliqué might be right up your alley.
One thing I wish I had done differently was the quilting. I think that this design would look great with hand quilting. If I decide to do another one (and I’m thinking about it) I will definitely do hand quilting.
In my made-up-sewing-dream-world I envision myself making an entire quilt from this design. However, I know the realities of life and this small wall hanging will have to do for now. For me, it’s all about the peaceful feeling I get when I’m working on a project like this. I know many of you feel the same way. I’d love to hear about your current projects and how you feel when you find time to work on them.