Learning how to handle applique shapes is not difficult but it is a deliberate, carefully thought out applique quilting technique.
This valentine design from the Fons & Porter's "Love of Quilting" magazine in 2006 uses popular applique designs like hearts and flowers to produce this form of art quilting.
The minute I saw the art quilting kit I ordered two. The second, just in case I messed up on the first one.
I gotta tell you, since my first go-round, I have turned applique shapes into beautiful fabric cards many times.
This is an easy applique procedure that uses small applique shapes.
When you enjoy working with small fabric applique shapes it is a good way to occupy your hands when watching television or traveling to the next quilt show.
The involvement of fabric is what intrigued me so much about this valentine.
I liked the technique and the design was exactly what was needed for the special one in my life!
The fabric kit contains everything you need with the exception of the instructions which you get from the magazine. There is a matching envelope with full instructions too. If you order the kit make sure the instructions are included.
If you don't get the magazine, demand it...worth every penny!
For the traditional way to make beautiful handmade cards, gifts and scrapbook pages that use paper and card stock here are more ideas at Card Making Magic that applies award-winning techniques using high-quality products.
Instead of using a fusible product to prepare our applique shapes we will use hard board quilting templates or freezer paper templates.
With both kinds of template preparation, the stitching will be very fast but the preparation of the quilting templates can be very time consuming.
Each element of the design needs to be separated from its counterpart. Using your original pattern image as a guide and a light box, trace each unit in the design by separating the pieces.
Do not trace the entire design as one unit thinking that you can cut each unit apart accurately. It is important that you do not sacrifice accuracy for speed.
If you think that you can go ahead and trace the pattern as one unit and then cut apart the pieces, you will soon realize that it is difficult to cut perfect edges on both sides of a single line; better to take a few extra minutes and avoid any frustration.
Be sure you are tracing each unit of the original design onto the dull side of a piece of freezer paper (not the shinny side).
Working from a Hard Board Quilting Template...
you are now ready to apply one of two possible applique procedures with the pattern of disjointed units you just drew on freezer paper.
This string of X's will remind you of those units that will be an under-lay in which the edges will not be turned under. Whether a design is symmetrical, asymmetrical, or mirrored will affect the way the pattern units are laid on your fabric; either face up or face down for a mirrored image.
Working From a Freezer Paper Template
I'm a freezer paper junkie as it can cut down on preparation time. Tracing each and every piece for your project can be very time consuming plus it requires a steady hand and coordination. So, I do it one time and then I let the copy machine do the repeat work for me. Here is the second possible way to handle the freezer paper copy of the disjoined pattern units you just drew.
After you have made your choice of which template suits your needs the best; either option; one, a hard ridged template or option two, a freezer paper template you are ready to prepare the fabric applique shapes for your project.
We are ready to cut the applique shapes of our pattern out using either our hard tag board templates or our freezer paper templates. Or some of both; your Choice.
This is the first of five applique procedures for turning the seam allowance over the edge of the template. Any one of the five quilting ideas listed here is easy and your individual preference will be the deciding factor.
This is the second of five applique procedures for turning the seam allowance over the edge of the template.
This method does not use a glue stick nor will you have to cut out the backing. The first time I had to cut away the backing as in method one I nearly died!
This is the Third of five applique procedures. Since it is harder to get smooth even edges with this technique I limit this method to when I have multiple layers of fabric in the art quilting procedure.
This is the Fourth of five applique procedures. Templates eliminate the need to trace individual pattern pieces onto freezer paper and there will be no paper to remove. But you will have to trace each unit for however many times you will need the unit when using this applique quilting procedure.
This is the final applique procedure technique. If you have a larger, fairly simple design without a lot of curves this is an excellent and fast way to turn the edges. This method eliminates an extra layer of fabric. Sulky makes an excellent water soluble stabilizer that works nice for this technique.
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