ABC's of A NeedleWorker

AGES...seems like Ages since I participated in Alphabe-Thursday, but in actuality it was in 2011.  As I browsed through those posts, I noticed I was all over the place with the topics for each letter.  As an OOPerson...over organized...being all over the place is unlike me, but it worked out okay in 2011 and I made it all the way through without missing a single Thursday!

This Go-Round of 2013 Alphabe~Thursday, I will be true to my OOPersonality and establish a theme...
The ABC's of A Needleworker
You will know it's me by the 'Embroidered Letter Block'...which is not necessarily a depiction of that letter's topic.  For instance, today's topic is APPLIQUE not ApplePie.
APPLIQUE...In its broadest sense, is a smaller ornament or device applied to another surface.  In sewing, applique refers to a needlework technique in which patterns or scenes are created by the attachment of smaller pieces of fabric to a larger piece of contrasting colour or texture.  It is used extensively in quilting.  'Sunbonnet Sue is an example of a traditional American quilt block constructed with both patchwork and applique.  (reference...Wikipedia)

As you might have quessed, I am a QUILTER.  The Appliqued Sunbonnet Sue is one of the blocks in a quilt done with a group of quilters on the Internet back in 1996...and Yep, that was AGES ago when I was new to the internet, and so was Quilting.  Today Quilting on the WorldWideWeb is Big Business, a Social Media Super Show and a U-Tube Sensation where you can learn all the Applications of Applique in about as many Languages.  For example:  HERE is Needle Turn Applique.  HERE is Machine Applique.

You also may have guessed that I'm from Texas....just thought I'd mention that while you admire the Hand Stitched 'Button Hole Stitch' Applique on the Mockingbird Block from my Texas My Texas Quilt.  I have to say that Applique is not my favorite technique in quilting, but it is one of the best  ways to portray a pictorial scene.  I personally enjoy the handwork when time permits....which for me on some applique projects is in short spurts over a long time....like years. 
Kind of like my Alphabe~Thursday participation...here is my All Over the Place 2011 Letter A,
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  1. Anonymous11/21/2013

    Absolutely beautiful needle work ~ So creative and colorful ~ great post for A ~ thanks, carol, xxx

  2. Anonymous11/21/2013

    Your work is beautiful! I would love to be able to make a quilt just once. Yep, it's a bucket list item for me. Maybe I'll pick up some good tips for when I actually get around to doing it.

  3. That's a great theme for Alphabe-Thursday! I'm not a quilter but I appreciate the time and talent involved in making them :)
    I recently gave my daughter a Sunbonnet Sue quilt that was made by my aunt -- I'm amazed at the handwork involved, including embroidery and lace on each Sue! I've never seen one like yours with Sue quilting -- love it!

  4. You do beautiful work. You mockingbird block is gorgeous!

  5. Oh my, I'm going to LOVE following your posts!!
    Jeanne :)

  6. Your needlework is beautiful! Glad you are back posting on Alphabe-Thursday!

  7. I'm not a huge fan of hand sewing myself, but you are right. Applique is great when you want to show a detailed image. so pretty!

    Thanks for linking up to Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  8. Your a block is simply gorgeous!!


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