Back in the 1990s I did a needle turn applique class with Diane Johnson. Back then I had never seen this kind of work and was really impressed with Diane's work, so when the opportunity arose to learn I jumped at it.
Her flowers were just so perfect. After I met her I found that she dyed all her own fabrics to get the colours she wanted. I think I made a panel for a cushion and I remember that she was a strict teacher saying there was only one way to replicate her applique. I've learnt differently since then but still this class gave me a good foundation.
Then in the early 2000's I discovered traditional Baltimore quilts. These were beautiful but I didn't want to make one. Come 2003 and Alma Allen and Cherie Ralston published a book with patterns for another type of applique quilt.
My local patchwork shop had a year of classes with Denise Lawson to make this quilt. (Sadly soon after this Denise died from cancer.) So I signed up for these and made the quilt. I hadn't made many quilts at this time and that saw tooth border was a challenge.
This quilt really taught me a lot about needle turn applique. BUT, (there is always a but) I wanted to hand quilt it and I just couldn't find the time. I had three children, was working full time, completing a Masters Degree and this was bottom of the list.
Years went by and every so often I would pull the quilt top out and then I decided I didn't like it and wouldn't use it. There were other quilts I liked better, so it went back in the draw.
Fast forward to this lock down. Going through that bottom draw again I found that quilt top and decided this would be the perfect time to finish it. (There was 10 metres of hand stitching in that binding.) I couldn't face hand quilting it, so just settled on a large stipple pattern. And here it is.
The almost finished bit refers to the quilt bag which I still have to make. But, looking through my stash look what I found?
I have been keeping this fabric all this time just for this purpose. I have some other unfinished work in this draw that I either have to finish or dispose of.