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Applique tutorial

by Katy

This applique was stitched by machine...<br><br>Click on each thumbnail below for a larger image<br><br>

This applique was stitched by machine...

Click on each thumbnail below for a larger image

Hi everyone!

I'm a pretty new quilter, only about a year or so, and need some help please!

I'm attempting my first applique quilt and need some advice! I hear it's best to have a seam allowance and turn under to prevent fraying; but then I see many other articles about needle turning, machine embroidery, reverse - honestly, I just want the piece to not come apart and to do this as easily as possible, as it's going to take me quite a while!

Can anyone offer any advice or give me the link to a helpful site?



Hi Katy!

You've come to the right place. If you'd like a tutorial for applique that looks like it's been done by hand, but it actually stitched much faster by machine, I can vouch for the tutorial on this site.

It's our Invisible Machine Applique. When you click the link, you'll be taken to the first page where I've shown life size examples of what the applique looks like. Click on each of the first two images to see the close-ups. This is my absolute, favorite go-to method for projects that I want to applique but don't have the time to do them by hand.

Let me know if you like it!


Julie Baird

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Glue stick is the great equalizer!
by: Julie

Hi Katy,

Somehow this slipped right by me...I apologize for the delay.

Glue stick is the great equalizer. Use it to build up pieces...just like adding the handle to the basket and then stick everything down to the background. Press to dry out the glue. Then it won't gunk up the needle.

I use parchment paper (the stuff Martha Stewart is always pulling out) to glue on. The patches won't stick to it. And it goes a pretty long way before you can't use a piece any more.

I'd love to see your work. This method is just fantastic for making applique something that anyone can do...even if you don't have lots of time!



Applique tutorial question
by: Katy

Hi Julie,

Thank you so much for your help! I do apologize for not responding sooner, this summer has been filled with family emergencies and wedding preparations!
I've read the tutorial multiple times, and am finally getting a chance to work on my blocks! I do have a couple questions, though.
In the example (basket), I'm uncertain how the handle and basket were joined - were they just pressed together with the iron?
I was wondering if I could just use the Elmer's glue stick to position the fabric (with the stabilizer) onto my block fabric, then stitch overtop it to secure - it seems as though that might cut out a few steps, which would be helpful as I don't have a lightbox!

Thanks again!!

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