Applique and Drapplique my way – What on earth is Drapplique?

Once the appliqué is down, I illustrate the image.

I call it ‘Drapplique’   (Drawing and Appliqué)

I’ve always wanted to change and add to my appliqué.

This is a really old quilt, but it gives you an idea of a different form of Drapplique.

P1040173Had I have left the appliqué like this on the quilt it would have looked quite plain and lacking interest. I wanted to create the quilt to look like a Haitian painting.


I’ve begun the illustration by using a  black pigment ink pen to outline the features of the garments. I’ve drawn the texture on the baskets, the big sack and the scarves. even the white on the purple dress is drawn on.

I use a .5  black pigment ink pen. In reality its a pen made for illustrating and drawing, not necessarily for fabrics, but it is pigment ink and permanent. The end is round and it works well on the waft and weft of fabric. Some of the pigment pens we’ve used in the past as quilters has a square tip and it gets caught in the fabric. You can buy these in England, Europe and Australia, in the USA you can buy a zig pen.



The other pens I use are Fabrico, by Tsukineko. They have a brush one end and a point on the other. They are also pigment ink, permanent and  are used on ally quilts.



This is what the quilt looks like when illustrated. The potatoes, the bananas, the shadows, and sometimes the pattern on their garments. Now you can see the images have dimension.



I used the sweet 16 for the first time on this quilt. The quilt was sandwiched and I quilt and appliqué at the same time, as you can see I used the same color thread as the fabric and stitched right on the very edge of the appliqué piece.



I changed the thread in the bobbin each time I changed the thread on the top of the quilt.

If I use my Janome, I use an open toed free motion foot and I leave the feed dogs up. I use a 70/10 sharp microtex or sharp needle.


13 Comments Add yours

  1. Pam,
    What an excellent post. The finished quilt is exquisite!!! Lola

    1. Pam Holland says:

      Thanks Lola. The quilt was made 2 years ago, but the technique is the same.

  2. Karen says:

    I really enjoyed reading and seeing how you have put this appliqué and drapplique quilt together! Just fascinating! And you are right! It looks three dimensional! Thanks, Pam!

    1. Pam Holland says:

      Karen, it is just a little bit different to flat appliqué
      I love seeing it come to life.

      1. Ann Mitchell says:

        Thank you so much for sharing your techniques, Pam. So very effective and beautiful work. As always, you are most generous with your expertise and time.

      2. Pam Holland says:

        Ann, I journal the process of all of my projects. I’m about to test a new idea today.

  3. Thanks for showing your process, Pam, it’s terrific! Seeing your quilting process is very helpful and inspiring.

    1. Pam Holland says:

      Barb, your’e welcome.

  4. Lee Ann says:

    Oh My Ms. Pam…just beautiful! Now I wish I had more time in my day. Thank you so very much for sharing your technique of Drapplique. I met you at the Houston Museum of Natural Science when you gave your lecture on the Bayeux Tapestry – To Quilt. How did you enjoy using your Sweet 16? I have a Gammill with a Statler Stitcher. I quilt for others and I am really wanting to try stitching applique with my machine. Again I need to make the time. But one day I do plan of trying your Drapplique. Now I will go and read about your beautiful giraffe, I have only seen the photos on Facebook as I scrolled by. Praying things are getting back to some what normal after the smoke and fires. Hugs in Quilting, Lee Ann

    1. Pam Holland says:

      Lee Ann, thank you.
      I enjoy my sweet 16, I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so I still use my Janome for free motion as well. For instance I will use the Janome for the Giraffe. The fires are almost out and its rained so we are fine for a while. Thank you.

  5. Swanee says:

    what an inspiration!!!!

    1. Pam Holland says:

      Thank you Swanee

  6. Laura Patten says:

    Hello Pam Holland,

    I have just watched a Make A Quilt DVD, and was wondering what back issue of Quilters Companion you were talking about in the DVD?? I would like to try the beautiful pattern that you demonstrated.

    Thank you for sharing,
    Laura P.

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