NHK Sutekini Handmade - Atsuko Matsuyama Monthly quilt "Fruit Fantasy" Sew A-Long Block 2 - Cherry Applique (NHKテレビテキスト すてきにハンドメイド 松山敦子のマンスリーキルト「フルーツ・ファンタジー」)

Today, I will be sharing with you the Block 2 of the recent Atsuko Matsuyama Monthly quilt sew-a-long which is the Cherry Applique. I have not done a single applique before as I also feel scared to sew one. To me, it takes a lot of handsewing skills to sew up a applique on a cloth. In fact, I have never use a machine to sew up one too.

The sew a-long is from the magazine on the right called Sutekini Handmade.

This time, I took up a personal challenge to try on one.

I traced all the parts onto a freezer paper which I bought one box at Cold Storage at Kallang Leisure mall (next to Stadium MRT station). I cut them up and ironed on the right side of the fabrics that I am going to use. I cut the fabric about 3cm from the border of the freezer paper template before I sew. I used the same coloured thread as the fabric used so that it will look neat on the side.

My first applique part!
Applique done.
To be frank, my hands were shaky but then I could always unstitched if it was done poorly. With more practises, I managed to overcome the fear and finished all the parts before I embroider. I used 2 strands of DMC threads to sew.

Using DMC threads

My applique block is completed. I am satisfied that I can complete applique block with big resistant at first. I guess there is nothing that I could not handsew already. Goal achievement!

Block 2 completed!

Close up of the flower lace motif
This is the closeup of the flower motif which I sewed up with yellow DMC threads in the middle.

I saw a glimpse of the November blocks via instagram. I am still waiting for Issue 11 to arrive at our local Kinokuniya store. There will be more applique blocks and patchwork.

Have a great weekend!

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