Uploaded on Sep 7, 2010
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Applique is a way to add pizzazz to handmade quilts that will showcase your imagination, creativity, and sewing skills.
Step 1: Choose design
Choose an applique design, keeping in mind basic shapes are the easiest and best suited for beginners.
Step 2: Choose fabric
Choose a fabric or fabrics for your applique that compliment your quilt fabric in color and texture.
Step 3: Make a template
Make a simple template by tracing or drawing your design on freezer paper, and then cutting it out.
Experiment with a few designs and fabrics before committing to your quilt applique on a large scale.
Step 4: Cut applique fabric
Place your template on the wrong side of the applique fabric and cut out the design, leaving a generous ¼-inch seam allowance.
Step 5: Fold and press seam allowance
Fold the seam allowance over the freezer paper template on all edges. Then press the edges flat with a hot iron.
Clip seam allowance curves and corners to keep the seam allowance flat, depending on your design.
Step 6: Attach to quilt fabric
Attach the applique to your quilt fabric with pins, without removing the freezer paper. Then stitch it in place using a blind, hem, or decorative embroidery stitch.
Step 7: Trim quilt fabric
Cut the quilt fabric away, but leave a ¼-inch seam allowance. Then remove the freezer paper.
Freezer paper is easily removed with tweezers.
Step 8: Duplicate
Duplicate your applique as many times as required to complete your quilt top design, knowing you are following a time-honored needlework tradition.
Did You Know?
Issac Singer helped free women from the task of hand sewing when he patented and manufactured his sewing machine model in the 1850s.
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