The Easter Egg View



The Mistake, or Let Me Make it More Confusing for Michele

Michele wanted to know more about my “mistake” in my last post ( ) and as I responded to her comment, I thought I was probably making it even more confusing.  This is one of those things that is soooo much easier to demonstrate in person. 

Think of it as creating a custom background in the same way you machine piece rectangular or square fabric pieces together to create a tone on tone background for your applique block. 

You are creating a background piece that has more depth than a solitary piece of background fabric.  I have a feeling this will still  be confusing, but I will give it a go.  It really isn’t hard although the explanation seems to give it that illusion I fear. 


My Detour (mistake):

Instead of creating the rectangular piece with the upper irregular edge (photo below), I cut around the entire template.  It might have worked anyway, but it would have been a bit more difficult to handle and sew the black background to a smaller piece and have it line up correctly with ease.



Here is a complimentary handout with illustrations that might make it easier to understand(?)  Easter Egg View

(Please remember this is for personal use only and not to duplicate for professional teaching purposes. I am sorry,  I have to add that unfortunately.)


One of the purposes of this technique is to minimize the layers of fabric behind the applique.  I do not cut background from behind my applique pieces as this creates dimples and the imprint of hard seam edges.  Batting does not fill this area during the quilting process unless you add another layer underneath the applique.  Not even wool.  Especially with machine quilting. 

Hand quilting may disguise it for awhile because the quilting is not as intensive and does not have as strong of a tension.  However, over time, those hard seam edge imprints will start to become visible.

With Jason’s pumpkin quilt, there is a lot of layered applique to create the image over the background in the center.  That means I would consistently have three layers of fabric thickness.  I try to keep my layers to two thicknesses, the background and the applique piece.  Sometimes three is inevitable, but it is rare.

The lesser of the two evils for me after realizing I goofed, was to just keep going.  It was more important to have my circles match up in the next step.

I just know this is still as clear as mud.  sigh.




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I am an Author, Designer, Illustrator and a major international award winning quilt artisan. I love working with fabrics and threads and they have become my medium of choice.

21 thoughts on “The Easter Egg View

  1. Sandra, you share so much, so freely. It’s truly wonderful to have access to this information. It’s an almost daily tutorial, and I am deeply appreciative for all that I’m learning from you. Watching Jason’s quilt develop, I have been inspired, and learned much about the whole process of designing and creating. I can’t possibly thank you enough for what you’ve so generously offered. Merci.

  2. Once again Sandra you humble us with your willingness to share so much! You really are an inspiration, I am beyond thrilled to see that Jason’s quilt is underway. Thank you for the Easter Egg View, now I really do understand the process.

  3. Dear Sandra
    I get so much pleasure and learn so much from your blog ! I can’t believe how much time and effort you spend on us. Thank you again and again.

  4. I had trouble following this until I read the handout. Now I have a question.
    When you appliqued the second from the bottom dirt to the first one, and then the third from the bottom dirt to the second dirt, how do you prevent the thread catching into the sky background ?
    If my question does not make sense, then I guess I am not following you after all.

  5. This is so much fun to watch it coming together !!!
    Thanks for all the time you spend sharing your craft and teaching us . I love the Easter Egg effect . It really makes you feel like your looking into another place . I’m so thrilled that you are sharing and entire project from begining to end : )

  6. Sara,

    That is what I did differently that I called “my mistake”. I should have put it together as I showed in the handout, but for some reason, (and this happens often), I wasn’t thinking ahead. You did grasp the info because you caught what I did wrong.

  7. It is my pleasure to share. I remember how I struggled to technique info and I also have an ulterior motive to plant the “applique love” seed. If the mystery is taken away, then it becomes do-able. That is my theory anyway.

  8. Artist’s tape is white and behaves much like the blue painter’s tape and found in art supply stores. You could probably use the blue painter’s tape just as well.

  9. I illustrate much better than “verbally” trying to explain. Words confuse me so I always go straight to pictures. Everyone can understand a picture right?

  10. Boop, Isn’t it fun? There are quilts that look as though you would hit a wall (flat) and there are quilts that you feel you could reach out and step into (depth). I want people to feel they could actually step into the “picture”.

  11. Thanks for sharing your techniques. I can’t wait until your book is ready….too exciting.
    BTW I just picked up the new copy of Quilter’s Newsletter and your Poppy Soliloquy is in the magazine. Congratulations!!!
    Take care,

  12. MANY thanks! I get it now, especially after going thru the handout. That’s been one of the many questions running thru my mind, how you deal with stacking the many pieces of overlapping fabrics. and, you are obviously REALLY good since you have SO MANY different pieces to stack! But I get that you would want as little bulk in the background as possible. THANKS! I definitley agree with Frances, tho – this blog has come to be my every few days tutorial, which is so cool. When I come in to work, and get the first break, I come here to see if there’s anything new. I am SO totally living vicariously thru you, trust me! (Does your book cover all these techniques?) I’ll echo everyone else’s sentiments – thank you SO much for taking the time to share with us. I know for myself, you are providing the impetus to get going, to quit being afraid and to JUST DO IT! (I’ve got an applique class tonight at a local shop. It’s a needle turn process class – yay!) Blessings! ME

  13. I think, tho, that I would like to see the back when you have joined the sky to the dirt – that will be the last picture I need to see for it all to fall into place. 🙂

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