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Olive, Lotus & Hexaswirl

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Grow your needle turn applique skills with three incremental designs that indulge your love of slow stitching.

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MINI-STITCH APPLIQUE: VOL 1

Olive, Lotus & Hexaswirl

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Grow your needle turn applique skills with three incremental designs that indulge your love of slow stitching.

Pattern features

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Easy to Follow Instructions
Printable Templates
Clear, Supportive Diagrams
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Grow your skills with simple organic shapes

The 'Olive' design introduces you to gentle curves which are a great skill to master in applique. The interfacing templates will give you lots of practice at easing the fabric around those curves to achieve smooth lines without puckers. You'll start with the large circle and progress to the teardrop shapes, and finally the small circles. When you're finished the applique, let your imagination roam by adding your own unique embroidery and hand-quilting to the panel.

Grow your skills with simple organic shapes

The 'Olive' design introduces you to gentle curves which are a great skill to master in applique. The interfacing templates will give you lots of practice at easing the fabric around those curves to achieve smooth lines without puckers. You'll start with the large circle and progress to the teardrop shapes, and finally the small circles. When you're finished the applique, let your imagination roam by adding your own unique embroidery and hand-quilting to the panel.

Level up to internal points

The ‘Lotus’ design is a whimsical, botanically themed little panel, that builds on the curves you’ve been practising and introduces some internal points which are the next step in applique. It’s the perfect amount of boho chic. Try it with solids, florals, or a combination of the two to change up the look. You’ll still be glue basting the fabric around a template, making all the hard work happen right at the beginning. Then you can sit and applique in peace, knowing your shapes will be perfect. Continue to add your own touches with perle 8 thread, to highlight some of the colours and shapes that you love most.

Level up to internal points

The ‘Lotus’ design is a whimsical, botanically themed little panel, that builds on the curves you’ve been practising and introduces some internal points which are the next step in applique. It’s the perfect amount of boho chic. Try it with solids, florals, or a combination of the two to change up the look. You’ll still be glue basting the fabric around a template, making all the hard work happen right at the beginning. Then you can sit and applique in peace, knowing your shapes will be perfect. Continue to add your own touches with perle 8 thread, to highlight some of the colours and shapes that you love most.

Interest & movement

The ‘Hexaswirl’ design is the modern gal in this design trio, with a nod to the traditional hexagon. The twist in this panel gives it interest and movement, even a slight 3D effect. You can keep the palette monochrome, fussy cut a little scene, or go all out rainbow! This is the most challenging of the three with those pointy points, but it’s also the most satisfying to complete when you see it all come together.

Interest & movement

The ‘Hexaswirl’ design is the modern gal in this design trio, with a nod to the traditional hexagon. The twist in this panel gives it interest and movement, even a slight 3D effect. You can keep the palette monochrome, fussy cut a little scene, or go all out rainbow! This is the most challenging of the three with those pointy points, but it’s also the most satisfying to complete when you see it all come together.

Thoughts from Ali

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Welcome to the next pattern from the Arabesque Studios, a mini-stitch applique pattern that finishes at just 6 1/2" square.

If you’re a fan of any sort of 'slow stitching', an avid appliquer, or this is a skill you’d really like to learn, then you’re going to love this little trio of panels.

Inside this pattern you’ll find three simple designs each with their own charm. They increase in complexity just a little bit, letting you practice the skills you’ve just learned, and grow in some new ones.

I’m showing you a faux needleturn technique, where we glue baste the shapes around a piece of wash away interfacing and then applique it into position.

This means all the raw edges are already turned under before you even sit on the couch, meaning all the hard work is taken out of the project.

You can just sit, relax, and stitch, stress free.

You will receive a PDF copy of the pattern with a download link emailed to you upon receipt of payment.

For further support, check out my YouTube channel and blogposts for tips and tricks on how to finish and use your panel.

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Meet Ali Phillips
Sewist & Pattern Designer

Ali Phillips is an Australian sewist and entrepreneur with a passion for family, creativity, and organisation.

Supplies & materials

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Get a helpful list of the supplies you'll need to make this pattern.
Fabric & Materials

For each design:

  • 7” x 7” - Background fabric
  • [4-7] 5" x 5" - Coordinating solids
  • Fat 8th - Binding & backing

For each design:

  • 7” x 7” - Background fabric
  • [4-7] 5" x 5" - Coordinating solids
  • Fat 8th - Binding & backing
Interfacing

For each design:

  • 7” x 7” square - SF 101 Shapeflex
  • 7” x 7” square - Matilda’s Own Polyfuse (wash away interfacing)
  • 7” x 7” square - Batting
Notions
  • Needles - size 11 milliners
  • Thread - Superior Bottomline in blender colours
  • Fabric safe marker
  • Glue stick
  • Small sharp scissors

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