12 Nov A fusible applique method
Before we dive into the details of how I do my fusible applique, let me say that I did not invent this method. I have taken classes, read books and watched TV shows learning quite a few different ways to do fusible applique and decided this is the best one for me. I am the opposite of a gadget geek – the simpler the better is the way I like to work.
What follows is how I work if I only need one or two of a shape. If a quilt requires many of the same shape, I usually make a template from template plastic to make the tracing step faster and easier. OK, here we go:
Fusible Appliqué method:
appliqué pattern (note that most appliqué patterns are reversed from how they will appear in the block)
thread to match appliqué
1. Trace outline of piece to be appliquéd onto paper side of fusible web. Sometimes I like to use some painter’s tape to hold the fusible in place while I trace.
3. Following manufacturer’s directions for the fusible you are using, fuse traced shape to the wrong side of the appliqué fabric.
4. Cut out shape on traced line.
5. Remove paper backing from fusible.
6. Position shape in place on background.
7. Fuse in place
8. Pin stabilizer to block. (Sorry about the pink block! Cameras!)
9. Appliqué design in place using desired stitch. I like to use a satin stitch because it totally covers the raw edge and I think it suits my quilting style better than blanket stitch.
10. Remove the stabilizer, press and you’re done!
I hope this is helpful to some of you. If you have any questions, ask in the comments and I’ll answer there too.