My Adventure with Stained Glass Applique

Posted by Ruth on 12 September 2018 | 0 Comments

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Throughout its thousand-year history, stained glass has been known as colored glass outlined in black - usually leading - and found in windows of churches or other religious building. Stained Glass is still popular today and often referred to as art glass. 

As a quilter, we also know Stained Glass in the textile world. It is a popular form of applique using bright fabrics for the 'glass' and usually, but not always, black bias binding for the 'leading'. Stained Glass Applique can also be referred to as bias strip applique and is a form of applique where the edges of any applique shapes are covered with bias binding.

Over the years, I have made a number of Stained Glass Applique projects. One of the first which I taught in Arizona was a simplified poppy design for a beginner's workshop. Although I don't teach this design anymore, it is available as a pattern on my website.

Sometime later, I developed a better (in my opinion) beginner's workshop creating a poinsettia design as the project.

This workshop "Beginners Stained Glass Applique" is available online as an on-demand class so students can sign up anytime and have a beautiful project made in no time at all. The class not only teaches you how to make this pattern but also how to make your own bias binding using either a bias maker or bias bars. Both methods are ideal for Stained Glass applique or other techniques such as bias stems on a project..... 

or Celtic work....

 

Following the beginner's project, I took Stained Glass Applique to a new level of complexity. Unlike a real Stained Glass window, Scarlet Rose (as my quilt is called) has the 'leading' turning corners - definitely not something you can do in real Stained Glass work. My workshop shows how to do this with ease, making neatly mitered corners for any angle.... and all without burning your fingers! My Advanced Stained Glass Applique workshop is on a scheduled format so has a start date and dedicated forum time with me on the ready to help should you need it.

The next scheduled date is next month so if you are new to Stained Glass Applique, you still have time to complete the beginner's course first, otherwise join me and take your applique techniques to the next level!

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