It’s all about the details!

It’s all about the details!  That is what I learned in Sandra Leichner’s class when I attended TESAA last month.  This is the block we worked on in class.


Sandra’s quilts have an almost life-like quality to them, thanks to the incredible details, which include embroidery with just a single strand of thread around berries, fabric paint and choosing the perfect fabrics.  You can see Sandra’s beautiful quilts here.

I like to use Ultra-Suede for really small, intricate shapes, like  calyxes. I purchased some packages of Ultra-Suede from Faye Labanaris, one of the wonderful merchants at TESAA.  Check out her website here.  If you have any question at all in regard to using Ultra-Suede, make sure you take the time to watch her video. It may just be the best 10 minutes of your day!!  Of course, I would have liked one of everything she had for sale, however, I played it safe and chose a green package and a gold package.  Each piece measures about 3″ x 6″.  As you can see, you get a lovely assortment in each package.


When using Ultra-Suede,  simply cut out around the shape (no seam allowance is necessary).  I stitch it in place using the same applique stitch I use for “normal applique”.  Don’t tug your stitches too tight or you will end up with “dimples” around the edge.

I started to think about what I learned in Sandra’s class and thought I might try embroidering around the calyx, just to give it a more “finished” look.  So, I used just one strand of embroidery floss close to the same colour as the Ultra-Suede.

This is a picture when the Ultra-Suede is just glued in place.


This is it after it is stitched with thread.


And, after the embroidery.  See?  It really is about the details!!


As you can see, I have been plugging away at the border of Friends of Baltimore.  I am working on one side of the border at a time, just to make the stitching a little more manageable.


And, I am working away (slowly, but surely) on Rita’s block.  I have an awesome plan for this block!


Til next time…



5 thoughts on “It’s all about the details!

  1. Thanks for the link to the Ultra Suede. I want to try it. I am always so inspired by your post and your beautiful work.

  2. I started using suede many moons ago (like in the 90’s) when a friend and I ordered a grab bag of bits and pieces. (Can’t remember the source.) After we split the bag we both got a large supply of
    odd ends. Our batch was mostly soft/muted colors but did get some blacks, browns and dark blues. I use them primarily for small pieces, like bird beaks and eyes, that are not easily appliqued. They are perfect with no turning under – my beaks always come out perfect. Believe mine were suede as opposed to ultra/suede – but believe both will behave alike. Hope you enjoy working with them.

    By the way, your applique is wonderful – I’m in awe that you accomplish so much and sooooo

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