A Canadian Inklingo quilter says that “back-basting” is how she was taught to appliqué when she was young, and it was just called “appliqué,” so it seems to have been around for at least several decades.
Has anyone seen what is now called “back-basting” or “template-free” appliqué described in older sewing books, patterns, or newspapers, or with another name? Since Canada is such a melting pot of cultures, it could have come from anywhere. Just curious.
Garbage Eve or Charm-Free
Like most families, ours has a few pet terms. Two of my favs are “Garbage Eve” and “charm-free.” Charm-free is a pseudo-diplomatic way to describe an unpleasant, self-centered person–which every group seems to have.
Please let me know if you have heard about “back-basting” called something other than “template-free.” Calling anything “xxxxxx-free” has a negative connotation for me, so I don’t think I want to refer to such a nice technique that way.
Pseudo, serendipity, and esoteric are all nice too, but the opportunities to use them are sadly limited, especially with sewing techniques. Maybe another time.
Linda & Monkey
PS Garbage Eve is the night before garbage pickup, when Someone has to go out to the garage and get it ready.