Eye of the Beholder

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Workshop, Belknap Mill Quilters' Guild

  • Spaulding Facility Laconia, NH USA (map)

Thursday, July 13, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Machine Reverse Applique

Fleur de Lis (10" x 12")

De- mystify with knowledge and skill as you learn all the steps needed to make the 10” x 12” Fleur de Lis block.  With our thorough step-by-step directions and your imagination you too can make this little block. 

Find the FUN of machine reverse applique done the Eye of the Beholder way: Trace! Iron! Snip! & Stitch!.  Learn how fun and easy it can be, and faster and easier still with Appli-quilting.

This block offers opportunities to play.  You decide what you want to make with it.  Make two blocks and create a table runner separated by another block; centering it onto a square and make a 16” pillow; use it to decorate the flap of a small shoulder bag or the front of an i-pad cover.

Learn some tips for getting sharp points, crisp corners and graceful curves as you machine reverse applique with our process.  You will love the results you get.  Sewing machine with a zig-zag stitch is all that is required.

Come join the fun!


Supply List

  • Fleur de Lis  pattern by Eye of the Beholder Quilt Designs provided by Instructor for $9.00
  • Fabric suggestions- Batiks are the best, and I strongly recommend them for this project.  They are tightly woven, have a fine hand, and don’t fray as much as other cottons.  These qualities make it easier to turn under.  Additionally, they are rich in color and texture.

*Suggestions before you cut your fabric:

-Make 2 of this block, create another block for the middle and make a small table runner.

 (Fleur de Lis + block + Fleur de Lis = table runner)

FDL.Fleur de Lis block.purse_RS.jpg

-Center design on a larger square of fabric and make a pillow or block to put in a quilt.

-Use as a flap on a shoulder bag.


For Machine: Dimensions given are just for the 10” x 12” block.

     (Amend fabric top, background and backing, and batting for size of end project you are making)

Fabric option: When creating by machine, you have the option to choose a medium-dark fabric for the background, and a light fabric for the top. For machine, you trace the design onto the paper side of your fusible.

  • 12” x 14” rectangle of batik material for background*
  • 12” x 14” rectangle of contrasting/ coordinating batik material for top*
  • 12” x 14” paper-backed, iron on fusible (ie. Wonder under, soft n’fuse, ex)*
  • 3 - 2.5” x 44” strips of fabric for binding (I used top fabric)
  • Marking pencil for tracing onto the paper side of your fusible
  • Iron, ironing surface
  • Small, sharp scissors
  • Thread that matches or goes well with your top fabric for machine applique or Appli-quilting

For Appli-quilting option:

  • 12” x 14” rectangle of batik fabric for backing
  • 12” x 14”piece of batting.
  • Safety pins for pin basting
  •  Helpful items:
  • Terial Magic or stabilizer, Spray Adhesive, Scotch tape

For Finishing the piece:

The finishing of your piece will not be part of the scope of this class.  However, like any quilt piece, you will layer with your batting and backing, and then quilt, unless you are Appli-quilting..  You would need ¼ yard of fabric for binding if doing a straight binding.

After quilting by your preferred method, trim to 10” x 12”.  Then bind.

Contact Belknap Mill Quilters' Guild for more information.