Raw-Edge Fusible Ap­pliqué

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One of the eas­i­est ways to ap­pliqué is the raw-edge fusibleweb method. Pa­per-backed fusible web in­di­vid­ual pieces are fused to the wrong side of spec­i­fied fab­rics, cut out and then fused to­gether in a mo­tif or in­di­vid­u­ally to a foun­da­tion fab­ric, where they are ma­chine-stitched in place.

Choos­ing Ap­pliqué Fab­rics

Depend­ing on the ap­pliqué, you may want to con­sider us­ing batiks. Batik is a much tighter weave and, be­cause of the man­u­fac­tur­ing process, does not fray. If you are think­ing about us­ing reg­u­lar quilt­ing cot­tons, be sure to stitch your raw-edge ap­pliqués with blan­ket/but­ton­hole stitches in­stead of a straight stitch.

Cut­ting Ap­pliqué Pieces

1. Fusible ap­pliqué shapes should be re­versed for this tech­nique.

2. Trace the ap­pliqué shapes onto the pa­per side of pa­per­backed fusible web. Leave at least 1/4" be­tween shapes. Cut out shapes leav­ing a mar­gin around traced lines. Note: If do­ing sev­eral iden­ti­cal ap­pliqués, trace re­versed shapes onto tem­plate ma­te­rial to make re­us­able tem­plates for trac­ing shapes onto the fusible web. 3. Fol­low man­u­fac­turer's in­struc­tions and fuse shapes to wrong side of fab­ric as in­di­cated on pat­tern for color and num­ber to cut.

4. Cut out ap­pliqué shapes on traced lines. Re­move pa­per back­ing from shapes.

5. Again fol­low­ing fusible web man­u­fac­turer's in­struc­tions, ar­range and fuse pieces to quilt re­fer­ring to quilt pat­tern. Or fuse to­gether shapes on top of an ap­pliqué iron­ing mat to make an ap­pliqué mo­tif that can then be fused to the quilt.

Stitch­ing Ap­pliqué Edges

Ma­chine-stitch ap­pliqué edges to se­cure the ap­pliqués in place and help fin­ish the raw edges with match­ing or in­vis­i­ble thread (Photo 1). Note: To show stitch­ing, all sam­ples have been stitched with con­trast­ing thread. In­vis­i­ble thread can be used to stitch ap­pliqués down when us­ing the blan­ket or straight stitches. Do not use it for the satin stitch. Def­i­nitely prac­tice with in­vis­i­ble thread be­fore us­ing it on your quilt; it can some­times be dif­fi­cult to work with. A short, nar­row but­ton­hole or blan­ket stitch is most com­monly used (Photo 2). Your ma­chine man­ual may also re­fer to this as an ap­pliqué stitch. Be sure to stitch next to the ap­pliqué edge with the stitch catch­ing the ap­pliqué. Prac­tice turn­ing in­side and out­side corners on scrap be­fore stitch­ing ap­pliqué pieces. Learn how your ma­chine stitches so that you can make the pivot points smooth.

1. To stitch outer corners, stitch to the edge of the cor­ner and stop with nee­dle in the fab­ric at the cor­ner point. Pivot to the next side of the cor­ner and con­tinue to sew (Photo 3). You will of­ten get a box on an out­side cor­ner. 2. To stitch in­ner corners, pivot at the in­ner point with nee­dle in fab­ric (Photo 4). You will fre­quently see a Y shape in the cor­ner.

3. You can also use a ma­chine straight stitch. Turn corners in the same man­ner, stitch­ing to the corners and piv­ot­ing with nee­dle in down po­si­tion (Photo 5).

Gen­eral Ap­pliqué Tips

1. Use a light- to medium-weight sta­bi­lizer be­hind an ap­pliqué to keep the fab­ric from puck­er­ing dur­ing ma­chine stitch­ing (Photo 6). 2. To re­duce the stiff­ness of a fin­ished ap­pliqué, cut out the cen­ter of the fusible web shape, leav­ing a 1/4"-1/2" in­side the pat­tern line. This gives a bor­der of ad­he­sive to fuse to the back­ground and leaves the cen­ter soft and easy to quilt.

3. If an ap­pliqué fab­ric is so light col­ored or thin that the back­ground fab­ric shows through, fuse a light­weight in­ter­fac­ing to the wrong side of the fab­ric. You can also fuse a piece of the ap­pliqué fab­ric to a match­ing piece, wrong sides to­gether, and then ap­ply the fusible with a drawn pat­tern to one side. 7. Join the G strips on short ends to make one long strip; press seams open. Sub­cut strip into two 56" G strips.

8. Sew a G strip to the top and bot­tom of the pieced cen­ter to com­plete the pieced top; press seams to­ward G strips.

9. Cre­ate a quilt sand­wich re­fer­ring to Quilt­ing Ba­sics on page 109.

10. Quilt as de­sired.

11. Bind edges re­fer­ring to Quilt­ing Ba­sics on page 109 to fin­ish.

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