Well of course I took the Gwen Marston Applique class when she was here on the East Coast. it was Fan-tab-u-lous!!!
And definitely opened my eyes to a new way of looking at applique. I admit, I'm a little Type A, so it's going to take some retraining to let go of some of the "all leaves must be the same size and shape on this quilt" rules, but Gwen's way of approaching applique (and life) seems WAY less stressful. So......I'm in.
I've never been a big needle turn person, because I completely obsess over making sure that I was turning exactly to the drawn line. Well, NO MORE! with Gwen's way of doing it, you just cut out our shape "a little larger" and needle turn your seam allowance, at will! So two of the same leaves don't always come out the same size, but that's ok. Did our quilting ancestors worry about everything being the same? No they did not.
Here's my class sample....all stitched up:
If you think you want to give this method a whirl, try to get your hands on one of her books, because I'm not doing justice to the joy of Gwen!
And go to to her website, she's having a wonderful series of "discussions"on Hand Quilting.
Hugs and Stitches!