2020 Quilt Show – Applique Category


Appliqué is a sewing technique that involves stitching smaller pieces of fabric onto a larger background to create a design. The two main appliqué methods are by hand stitching or sewing machine, but there are several techniques within those methods that can be used to create a project. Embroidery stitches can be used to enhance the appliqué design. Any type of fabric can be used for appliqué; the most common are cotton and wool.

Fiesta Flowers

Quilted by Von Yetzer
Pieced by Von Yetzer
Pattern Name: Fiesta Mexico by Karen Kay Buckley
This is one square from Karen Kay Buckley’s beautiful Fiesta Mexico pattern. It was one of my first applique projects, and I learned a lot of techniques while working on it. I started the project in a workshop with Karen during Quilt Colorado. My goal was to finish it in one year, and I did – 364 days!


Pieced and bound by: Cindy Maricle
Quilted by: Cindy Maricle
Original Design by: Cindy Maricle

Traditional made in honor of my women ancestors. 1998. Hand pieced, hand quilted.  Silk ribbon embroidery and beads.

Les Fleurs du Jardin

Pieced by: Susan Harmon
Quilted and Appliqued by: Susan Harmon

Animal Friends

Pieced by: Monique Plamondon
Quilted by: Monique Plamondon
Pattern: Original

I designed the quilt and used parts of 2 patterns: foxes & hedgehogs from Elizabeth Hartman’s “Fancy Forest”; and a bear from Rachel Rossi’s “Timber!” The rest of the images I either found on the internet or from my imagination. This quilt was made for my great nephew who is turning three in October. His parents were decorating his bedroom with a theme of “baby animals” so I used a combination of applique (animals in the center panel), piecing (foxes and hedgehogs) and paper piecing (acorns) to create this one-of-a-kind quilt for him. I also used free motion to quilt the majority of the quilt and “ruler work” to quilt the acorn top.

I Challenged My Paintbrush

Needle-turn applique by Carla Javornik
Free motion quilted by Carla Javornik
Pattern: Adaptation of Aunt Millie's Garden by Piece O' Cake designs (I mostly used their pattern, but created 4 blocks of my own design and one block adapting another pattern of theirs)

Up until I saw some of the applique blocks for this quilt in a shop in Utah I didn’t use highly dramatic colors in a quilt. I saw the blocks and thought, “I should challenge myself to make a quilt with a red background; I haven’t done THAT before and so I should give it a go”. I signed up for the block of the month, but soon got bored with the muted color choices I was receiving. So, I branched out on my own and picked colors from my own stash, all the while maintaining that bold,red background. After at least 10 years (really, has it been that long?!), I finally got the quilt top together and have quilted the fabulous flower garden. As always, I’m not happy with designs, so I have to add my own take. I created four original blocks and adapted one more from another Piece O’ Cake pattern. I also modified the top and bottom borders to be composed of leaves instead of smaller flowers. And, after to listening to one of Jeananne’s bed turning talks, I decided to keep the border connected, rather than disjointed. If I remember correctly, a disjointed border on an applique wedding quilt symbolized the marriage may not last long; a continuous one meant a long life together. Although I made this quilt for my own challenge – and not for a wedding – I still wanted to incorporate that connected element. The quilt is as wonderful from the front as it is the back as I used a plain backing so the quilting would show through wonderfully. I’m quite proud of this quilt; it’s been a long journey, but the destination has proven amazing.

Caswell Quilt

Pieced by: Virginia Corriea
Quilted by: Virginia Corriea
Pattern: original

The Caswell Quilt is a reproduction of a carpet made in 1832 – 1835.  The carpet was made by Zeruah H. Guernesey Caswell and made with wool from her father’s sheep.  It now resides in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

This was a block of the month that took 31 months to complete.  I fused all the pieces onto the background blocks and then I hand-stitched them down using a buttonhole stitch with two strands of embroidery floss.  It measures 71 x 82. Thirty appliquéd blocks of flowers & leaves, birds & butterflies.
I then custom quilted this quilt on my Gammill longarm machine.  It was completed in 2020.


Pieced and Quilted by: Terry Hellmer
Design by: Judy Niemeyer

I was drawn to this quilt for it’s simplistic design. I knew it would look wonderful hanging in our open stairwell of our new home.

Home Grown

Pieced and embroidered by :Debra Hartman
Quilted by: Donna Smith
Designed by : Sue Spargo
 I began piecing and embroidering this quilt together in January of 2018. It was a block of the month quilt designed by Sue Spargo. Each month I would piece and embroider 3 to 4 different houses, finishing at the end of the year with the center square and border flowers. Some of the stitches were very challenging, but the results were amazing! I am happy to say I finished the quilt in December of 2018! I really love how it turned out! Colorful embroidery on wool is one of my favorite quilts to make.


Pieced and Quilted by Nancy Clair
Designed by Toni Whitney

I have always loved seeing Bald Eagles. They are a stately animal.  I had to made this when I saw the pattern. I took me over a year to complete this quilt.


Quilted by: Patricia Wick
Pieced by: Patricia Wick
Pattern Name: kit
I made this snowflake table runner for a friend. Her great aunt had begun this appliqué project for a queen size quilt. It was a kit, the fabric and the hand appliqué piece were printed on the fabric. One block was completed and another one begun. I finished the uncompleted block and you will find these 2 blocks in the center of the runner. The original fabric was not of good quality, many parts of it were stained, it was rather loosely woven and frayed easily. I used different fabric (the dark blue with white appliqué) for the outside blocks and machine appliqued the snowflakes.