April 21, 2012

A hearty welcome to new readers who’ve found the blog by way of Stitch This! I hope you’ll take some time to poke around the Bookstore, Blogroll, and Categories. There’s a ton of information about appliqué here!

After my recent post about broderie perse, Angie SoCal asked, “Curious – did you find that bouquet in home decorating fabric? I don’t see much fabric like that in the stores.”

Nope! It’s a regular quilter’s cotton. I rummaged through my tub of florals and found the rest of the hunk I had.

“Rose Garden from Marti Michell and Maywood Studio.” Like most of the fabric in my stash, it goes back a few years.

While I was rummaging I pulled out a few other examples of fabrics that would make good candidates for broderie perse. Like I said, these particular fabrics are “aged to perfection” so you probably won’t find the exact same ones today. But if you’re at all interested in broderie perse and you see some beautiful bouquet fabrics like these, grab ’em!

“Nancy Kirk Civil War II for Benartex.”

“Vintage Cottons by Hoffman International Fabrics.”

I don’t have the selvedge of this one but I know it’s a Lakehouse fabric by Holly Holderman.

Until next time,
By Kay Mackenzie


6 Responses to “Welcome new readers, and broderie perse fabrics”

  1. Carrie P. on April 22nd, 2012 11:06 am

    You know Angie is right. It is hard to find fabrics like that anymore. So many modern fabrics are making their appearances in our stores.

  2. Jeanne M. Wallace on April 22nd, 2012 2:23 pm

    I have so many flowered pattern material however I did see a lady how gave a Quilting with Crayons demo, and I have lost the demo, but she really did a great job showing how to do it well, at least for me. I would love to find her again no I did not remember her name duh me! if anyone knows of a lady with a book on it also that would be wonderful, I would be so grateful. thank you so much, I am going to enjoy reading and learning new things here about applicable I love doing this, also Quilting. thank you for helping, hugs and Cheers angeljeanne (jeanne) xox

  3. admin on April 22nd, 2012 4:17 pm

    Hi Jeanne! Welcome! Might you be thinking of “Creative Quilts from the Crayon Box” by Terrie Kygar?

  4. June Cowles on April 30th, 2012 4:52 pm

    I love the big floral fabric!

  5. Rebecca Grace on September 10th, 2020 7:52 pm

    Kay, do you know anything about the methods used for broderie perse applique on antique quilts? I know that a black blanket stitched edge was traditional, but did quilters include a turning allowance when they cut out the chintz motifs so they could turn the edges of their applique under when stitching them to the quilt background? I know there was no fusible web back then and am wondering whether a hand or machine stitched blanket stitch would hold well enough on a raw edge broderie perse applique. I can find lots of modern tutorials for doing this with fusible web, but nothing about how it was done Way Back When. Thank you!

  6. Kay Mackenzie on September 11th, 2020 6:13 am

    Hi Rebecca! I believe that the traditional method of broderie perse is to cut out the motif leaving a turning allowance, then needle-turn to the background. Best success is through making sure the background of the motif matches the background you are appliquéing onto. Check out quilt historian Barbara Brackman’s blog post here:
    http://barbarabrackman.blogspot.com/search?q=broderie+perse . She also gives a link to another fabulous appliquér who specializes in broderie perse, Judy Severson. It is a beautiful method, have fun with it!!