Hand-Sewn Quilting Series II: Reverse Appliqué

A Virtual Class with Ekta Kaul

Reverse appliqué is a decorative technique used in textile arts, in which a layer of fabric is placed underneath a top layer of fabric, and then a design is cut out of the top layer to reveal the underlying fabric. The cut edges of the top layer are then typically folded under and stitched to the bottom layer of fabric, creating a neat and finished edge. This technique can be used to create a range of designs ranging from graphic geometrics to intricate botanical ones. In classic applique, typically pieces of textiles are stitched onto the base cloth, however in reverse applique shapes are removed from on the top layer to reveal the base layer. 

Reverse applique has a vibrant history across several traditional cultures. Ekta grew up seeing examples of this technique on quilts and clothing in India. Join her to explore this exciting applique technique and learn a fun way to create original templates without worrying about drawing skills.

Friday, August 18th, 2023


12pm – 2:30pm ET*

Zoom, a link will be sent to participants the day before class

$60 for the individual class, $350 for the series

*This session will be recorded. A link to the recording will be emailed to all those who register following the live session. This link is live for one month for you to watch at your convenience.


  • Two layers of cotton fabric in contrasting colors. You can also use a plain and a printed cotton. Size 12×12”
  • Sharp embroidery scissors
  • Heat erasable pen (Ekta uses Frixion), or washable pen
  • Pins or basting thread : to hold the layers of fabric in place while cutting and sewing.
  • Embroidery needle No. 9 and milliners needles or needles to fit your thread.
  • Thread for appliqué
  • Floss or perle no. 8 threads in one or two colors 
  • Tracing paper
  • Lightbox (otional)
  • Freezer paper or Thicker paper for creating a stencil.
  • Embroidery Scissors
  • Craft knife for cutting stencil
  • Fabric scissors
  • Needle threader and thimble (if you use like to them)
  • Hoop 
  • A sketchbook to write and draw in
  • Pencil
  • Ruler

Need materials? Purchase a Tatter-curated materials kit!

This class is part of the Hand-Sewn Quilting Primer II Series.

Perfect for the beginner and the seasoned quilter alike (and perfect if you’ve already joined our Hand-Sewn Quilting Primer Series), the Hand-Sewn Quilting Series II takes students on a journey of different forms of hand-sewn quilt construction, from Korean Yeouijumunbo to English Paper Piecing. Rooted in the diverse history of quilting and taught by contemporary textile artists, this series combines enduring quilting techniques with new voices and approaches. 

Beginners will come away with a newfound confidence in their quilting ability and a deeper understanding of the medium. More experienced makers will expand their textile horizons, as well as gaining new skills to use on personal projects. Experiencing the series as a whole is sure to provide a comprehensive foundation and will get you well on your way in a joyful practice of hand-sewn quilting.

The projects from each class can be combined into a sampler commemorating your textile journey or can be displayed individually as pillows or patches applied onto another textile. 

We hope you will join us for all seven of our quilting classes to experience new ways of quilting and broaden your knowledge of textile history. You can sign up for the entire series, or choose your own adventure by selecting the classes you’re most interested in. 

Ekta Kaul

Ekta Kaul is an award winning artist known for her narrative maps that explore places, history and belonging through stitch. Ekta was recently commissioned by the Museum of London and the artwork has now been acquired for their permanent collection. Her work is held in several permanent collections including the UK’s Crafts Council, Liberty of London, the Gunnersbury Museum and those of private collectors. Ekta is also a highly experienced educator and is often invited to teach at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London and internationally. She has received awards from the Crafts Council and was the winner of 2021 Cockpit Arts Textile Prize. Ekta is currently writing her book on Kantha. She lives and works in London, UK.

www.ektakaul.com | Instagram @ekta_kaul

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