Hand Applique Workshops

Applique Perfection Full Day: 6 hours


This class starts with the basics of learning how to make an invisible applique stitch, how to create crisp points, and how to achieve smooth curves. It then continues with two terrific methods for creating narrow stems and perfect circles. All combine beautifully in the classic Rose of Sharon Applique block. This class gives the novice valuable grounding in applique, as well as the more proficient stitcher a review of basic techniques.

Proficiency: Hand Applique All levels. A good follow up to the Beginning Hand Applique class, although taking the Beginning Hand Applique class is not a pre-requisite.

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Beginning Hand Applique Half Day: 3 hours


This skill-building class is designed with the beginner in mind. The stitch I use is different from the one most commonly taught in hand applique. It is my favorite applique stitch because it gives such lovely results. This technique takes the fear out of applique. Not only is it easy to do, but it results in invisible stitches. Try you hand at Applique with this charming little piece that we will do in a half day class. This is also the stitch I use on my quilt bindings.

Proficiency: All levels

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Celtic Applique Moroccan Style Full Day: 6 hours


The bias press bars that make Celtic interweaving so easy join forces with traditional applique to create this original piece inspired by my trip to Morocco. It reflects the scrolled ironwork, carved marble plaster work, and mosaic intricacy seen on my travels. Techniques covered in this workshop are ideal for perfecting your points and circles.

Proficiency: Hand Applique. Prior experience in applique will allow students to proceed with unusual techniques, but is not a prerequisite. Some techniques involve manipulation of small pieces of cloth.

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Hawaiian Applique Full Day: 6 hours


The lacy elegance of paper snowflakes is translated into fabric in this applique technique indigenous to the Hawaiian Islands. Surround a 12" central motif with an elegant appliqued border. The resulting 24" piece is stunning by itself, or spectacular as the central medallion for your next quilt.

The workshop includes how to design your own Hawaiian Applique (and includes three patterns for those who prefer to use a preset design)

Proficiency: Hand Applique All levels

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Prairie Lilies Scrap Quilt Full Day: 6 hours


Applique combines with piecing in this one day workshop. Joyous colors combine to create Prairie Lilies, constructed in my two-for-one technique. Piecing in this method creates cutaways that are ready to go into a bonus quilt, so you are actually making two quilts at the same time. Make use of every bit of fabric. It is such fun! Students start with how to choose and combine fabrics for a quilt, giving valuable fabric selection skills that can apply to your future quiltmaking. This is followed with my two-for-one piecing method, then adorn with applique, utilizing a very nifty stem technique. In addition to the Prairie Lilies quilt, students will also be making a bonus quilt out of the cutaways.

Proficiency: Hand Applique, Machine Piecing: All levels

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To receive information on fees, travel arrangements, and scheduling, e-mail me at wihalpin@mwt.net, or write to me at:

708 Viking View Drive
Reedsburg, WI 53959