NO MESS, NO FUSS APPLIQUE METHOD
Welcome to my applique world!
I do not know what methods you have used before, so it is hard for me to give you a comparison. For myself, I loved applique, but felt the applique methods were cumbersome. I tried them all until I found this one in 1998.
The owner of my favorite quilt shop saw the method during a visit to Europe. Upon her return to California, she showed the method to her applique instructor. I am so thankful the instructor tried, and liked the method enough to teach it. After the first class I knew this was different and immediately began taking three different block-a-month applique classes from the instructor. When I moved to Oregon in 2004, I knew I wanted to teach it, to spread it around. It was not in any books, and for the most part, no one had ever heard of it. The method is quite addictive and all my students seem to love it as much as I. How much do I love it? Well, by 2008, I had made over 100 applique blocks using this method. That's when I stopped counting blocks. As for the name, we didn’t know what to call it, so I dubbed it “ No Mess, No Fuss Applique” because to me that is exactly what it is.
About now, you are asking why I don't explain the method - that is because it is not well-known, and I have found that explaining it in words doesn't work very well. People can't really visualize it from words. It is much easier to "show" it than to "tell" it. I can tell you that it is not freezer paper, not overlay, not glue, and not template. It is quite portable and can be carried in your purse for sewing-on-the-go.
If you enjoy hand needle work, you will enjoy this. If you have not tried hand work, but are willing to learn it, you will find that it is like anything new, the more you work at it the better it becomes. All I can suggest is that you give it a try. You won't really know if you like it until you do.
I hope to see you in class. If you have further questions, please let me know.