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Empire Quilters Guild Broiderie Perse Explained Workshop

January 11 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm | $100

This Empire Quilters Guild Workshop meets on Friday, January 11th 11am-5pm. Empire Guild members should register via the guild to get discounted member pricing.

Broiderie Perse will be presented by Mary Cargill,one of Empire Quilters long time members : now our Library Chair. She is known for her hand quilted extravaganzas and an expert at Broiderie Perse.

Mary says, “Broderie Perse is a very versatile quilting technique which creates a scene using printed designs on fabric appliquéd onto a background fabric.” This class will introduce the basics, using a vase shape filled with flowers. You could certainly do a bouquet instead, or a basket of fruit (if you have fruit fabric), or a combination of fruit and flowers.
I will talk about the kinds of fabric which work best, where to find ideas, arranging the motifs,and how to appliqué them to the background. If you are an appliqué novice, I will introduce you and show the best way to set one fabric over another. If you have any questions, please email me at cargill@columbia.edu



1. 15” x 15” (approximately) piece of background fabric; beige will work best, but a darker fabric (black or navy) will work—it’s just a bit harder to use.
2. A selection of floral and/or fruit fabric with separate motifs (the less overlapping of patterns, the easier it is to use.) Medium to large motifs work best. I will bring some as well—sharing is part of the fun!
3. Fabric which can work as a vase. I will bring a limited supply of vase fabric to sell ($1 per vase). I will also bring some patterns for vase shapes.
1. Needles: regular needles for basting, and thin, sharp needles for appliqué. I use very long and fine milliner’s needles. If you haven’t used them, 10’s are good to start with.
2. Pins: Short applique pins are useful, but any sharp pins are fine.
3. Scissors: Small, very sharp ones to trim the pieces are crucial. If you have medium ones they are useful to cut the fabric .
4. Thread: basting thread, and a selection of colors for appliqué. I use 100 weight silk, which is hard to find (I order it online) and some people find too slippery. A fine cotton thread like Aurifil 80, 50 weight cotton, or DMC machine embroidery thread are ok. Cotton floss is too weak and regular sewing thread is too thick for this applique. A few neutral colors (light, medium, and dark) are really all you need.
5. Foam core: A square of approximately 15” x 15”. Foam core can be bought in art
supply stores and is easy to cut.
Nice to have:
1. A table lamp with a magnifier.
2. Washable fabric glue. I don’t use it, but it works for some people and does save a lot of time.
Preparation before class:
Fold the background fabric into fourths, press it lightly, and baste the lines. The registration marks with help center the motif, and the basting can be removed easily.


January 11
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Gotham Quilts Store
40 W 37th St
New York, NY 10018 United States
(212) 220-3958

Class cancellation policy:

If you need to cancel or reschedule your class registration, we are happy to accommodate changes made at least 3 days before the start of your class. You can choose a different class session or receive a store credit towards a future class registration. Please call us at 212-220-3958 or email us@gothamquilts.com to make the change. Please note that cancelations or changes within 3 days of the class date are not eligible for a credit or refund.