The last 3 weeks my hand project for traveling and lounging around, has been a Sri Lankan, appliqué inspired, Duck pillow cover!
Looking around the net I couldn’t find any history regarding the technique or method. I found a lot of pictures of made articles!
Well this is what I know! It’s an appliqué technique using a base fabric and smaller colourful fabrics to recreate a design. The shapes overlap each other, the design is then tacked down using a needle and thread. The raw edges of the fabric are covered with a piece of rick rack, bias strip, rope etc, this is attached using various embroidery stitches. Apparently, in traditional Sri Lankan appliqué one of your fabrics had to be a Bali or batiks piece of fabric!
I traced my design onto the background fabric using a pencil. I then cut up my design into sections to use as fabric templates. Checking my design and placement, certain pieces I had to add a seam allowance. I didn’t tack my design down I used my sewing machine, sewing the design down using a loose, ¼ wide satin stitch or zig zag. Now I covered each seam with a piece of rick rack, bias strip or rope of different colours that complemented my design. I placed a piece of cotton batting on the wrong side of my design and then secured it down using different embroidery stitches.
My Civil War Quilt is quilted!
Now for the binding!