WIP Week: Sarah Fielke Applique

To kick things off this week I’m going to post a work in progress each day! It’ll be interesting to see how many days that takes because to be honest I’m not sure how many WIPs I have. Not too many I hope but I bet we’ll make it through the week.

Today I’m going to feature the project I am literally working on right now. Ok, not literally right now because I’m literally typing on a computer right now. But it is the project I will be working on during nap time. Have I mentioned I have 2 toddler boys? I’ve had to work very hard to achieve an overlapping nap time! It’s truly delightful.

Anyway, what you really want is pictures so here we go:


This project is from Sarah’s class on Craftsy which I really highly recommend! I’ve probably watched it through 3 times. Sometimes I just put a class on in the background while I sew to keep me company! I do that with APQS radio too. Have you checked that out yet?

I have several objectives with this project.

  1. First is to try needle turn appliqué for the first time. I have done a little machine appliqué and some english paper piecing and dresden appliqué but never the ultimate appliqué challenge.
  2. Second is to try hand quilting. I just adore the look of Sarah Fielke-style hand quilting. It adds a whole extra element of love and detail.
  3. Third is to finally cut into the Anna Maria Horner scrap bags I recently ordered! It is sometimes so hard to cut new fabric, isn’t it? You’d think scrap bags would make that easier but somehow that hasn’t been the case. I think it’s because this is my first experience with AMH fabric and I am very much in love.

So far I have gotten everything cut and glued down. I also sewed one side of a bias strip stem down before bed last night just to see how it went! That wasn’t really very brave because it was similar to other appliqué I’ve already tried. Once I get started on the actual needle turn part my skills will be put to the test.


I’ll be back tomorrow with my next WIP!

(Thus concludes my inaugural blog post. Yeah me!)

19 thoughts on “WIP Week: Sarah Fielke Applique

  1. Yay! I get to be the first commenter. I love your idea of a WIP everyday.
    I haven’t tried needle turn applique yet, either. My mom is enamored of Hawaiian quilts and I would love to make something in the style. It will have to be a pillow because I’m not inspired enough to do a whole applique quilt. I can’t wait to see your finished project. Don’t feel too bad about cutting into fabric – if you really love it you can always get more. :o)

  2. Welcome to the blogosphere Sarah! I have two smaller girls and try desperately to have them share a nap time as well – it’s pretty much the only quiet time I get all day 🙂 Can’t wait to see all your WIPs – love the black polka dots for the background on this one!

    • So far so good! I did the little bird yesterday and I was pretty happy with it. It’s certainly challenging and slow! But it really does open up whole new worlds for quilt possibilities.

  3. Welcome to the online quilting community! It’s so much fun! I love your applique project. Those fabrics are fabulous (especially the one that makes the vase).
    Thank you so much for sharing at Needle and Thread Thursday!
    🙂 Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

    • Thanks so much Kelly! I like your site. My fabrics in this piece are all Anna Maria Horner. Usually I like to try to mix different lines but this time I just had to keep them together. The way AMH designs her fabrics they don’t look overly matchy so I think I’m safe.

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