Thursday, March 13, 2014

Fusible Applique and Giveaway

I'm still working on which applique technique I like:  edge fused, fully fused, freezer paper turned edge, or needle turned.  That's a lot of choices!  But I'm coming to the conclusion that I'll do whatever the situation calls for.

Here's a quick overview:
Edge Fused
The reverse of the applique is traced onto fusible release paper, and roughly cut out.  The center of the fusible is also cut out, leaving a 1/4" margin of fusible around the edge.  Apply this to the backside of the fabric, then cut the fabric and fusible around the outside edge.

Fuse to the main fabric, stitch the edges (I always use a stabilizer on the back),
then carefully cut away the non-fused fabric in the middle, on the back.
The advantages to this technique is avoiding show through of a background fabric, and providing a soft hand to the applique.

Fully Fused Applique is just that--the whole applique piece is fused.
Again, trace the reverse of the image on fusible release paper, roughly cut out, and apply to the fabric.  Then cut the fabric and fusible around the outside edge.  Fuse to the background.
Stitch around the shape, again using a stabilizer.
The background remains, and that's okay because it won't show through.  This method is fast, but gives the applique a stiffer hand.

As for hand applique, please see my post Chain Hand Applique (click here) which is a bit slower, but gives beautiful results.  

And then there is Freezer Paper Applique, but I'll save that for another day!
With all this applique going on, I'm hosting a Giveaway for a FREE Craftsy class, Fun with Fusible Applique to one lucky winner!!
Just click on the picture to go to the Craftsy site to register.  Contest  is open until March 26, then Craftsy will pick a winner and send the link for the free class!

Good Luck!
Happy Quilting!


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