Applique Pattern Highlight
You can only imagine how thrilled I was when I discovered one of my applique patterns on the cover of Clotilde's Catalog for their February 2011 issue. I almost feel famous <grin> Today I discovered my "Array of Color" applique pattern featured on Clotilde's website and on their catalog cover.
This applique pattern is a wonderful way of starting out in applique. The pieces are large all-in-one flowers with the exception of the black center. My bold orange flowers can be made in any color, however the trick is to make the applique contrast with the patchwork background. The background is made up of 2" finished strips - those jelly rolls work well for this, especially if you have some leftovers as they don't require a whole roll. That is, unless you wish to make more than one. I even considered making one in the reverse shading.
The pattern is straight forward with easy piecing as you can see in the following photo. This piecing technique could even be a great way to make place mats.
I also give how-to information about machine blanket applique. I use the easy to assemble method of fusible webbing which bonds the layers together.
Also included in the instructions are full details of how to make the butterfly (I see Clotilde clipped the butterfly out and used as decoration at the top of the name).
If you need more help with the butterfly, we have video footage for you.