Kaylene Maalste – Series #3 – Techniques – Pieced Applique

For my third quilt I decided to explore what I call pieced applique, the technique I followed is from a workshop I took a long time ago by Elizabeth Barton, and it is also illustrated in Gloria Loughman’s book “Quilted Symphony”. I began by drawing out my design on non fusible pellon then copied these shapes onto freezer paper and you all know the rest about using freezer paper templates. My design was influenced by the Autumn leaves contrasted against earth colours and the green of trees before Autumn.

I hand applique the shapes to my backing pellon using the under and over sequence, after which I tore away the pellon and made my usual quilt sandwich. The top was free motion quilted and then I cut out the tree shapes from fusible pellon and ironed them in place.

Materials: Batik cottons.


Close up view:


Quilts in Series – Techniques


Quilt 1                               Quilt 2                                Quilt 3




  1. English quilter

    A beautiful piece. You have captured the feeling and colours of a late autumn day. I had forgotten about Gloria’s technique with the interfacing before freezer paper.

  2. Chantal GUILLERMET

    I really like this piece Kaylene ! I like how we can imagine the shapes of trees in the distance behind the trees silhouettes of the foreground. The choice of colours is very effective.

  3. This is really a nice quilt. Good harmony of the colours. Well done, Kaylene.

  4. This piece is so very striking; a real beauty. I confess I’ve never seen this technique done so will have to read some more about it.

  5. carolinehiggs

    I really like this, the backdrop of leaves is very effective and the silhouette of the tree sets them off beautifully.

  6. joanbrailsford

    I haven’t encountered this method before but it is something I may try because the results are really effective. I lobe your choice of background fabrics, and the tree shapes are really striking. Well done.

  7. I like this design and the way you have made it. The gently curved shapes and their colours make a lovely background to the tree shapes.

  8. Loved the curved shapes and your use of fabrics they create quite a tropical jungle feel

  9. Beautiful colors and the prints on the background fabric are so effective. I never heard of this technique, but the result is stunning.

  10. I really liked the curved shapes and colors you created in the background. It is a perfect backdrop for the trees. A stunning modern landscape quilt.

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