Jan 072015

One of my favorite patterns for applique are by a company called “Wooden Bear Patterns.”  I like them because they are quick and easy if you want to do raw edge applique.

Raw edge applique is a technique that takes very little time and looks awesome.  I use steam a seam 2 to trace the pattern and then iron it on to my fabric.  I like this product because it is two-sided.  One side the paper removes easily.  The other side is the side I trace my pattern on to.  I then remove the easy removable paper side and iron it on to my material.  Once the pattern is on your material, you will cut out your shape and remove the paper.  You are left with a sticky side that is easy to reposition until it is pressed on to your product.

Once on its background, you can decide to do nothing, just leave it as it is.  This will work if you are planning on using it for a wall hanging.  Personally, I would still do a blanket stitch or some form of decorative stitch around it.  I like to be sure my design stays together.  If you chose not to stitch it, you can always repress it and it will go back nicely.  Then you quilt around it and can even quilt your design in place.  I have friends who will put a piece of Tulle over the designed piece and then sew on the borders and quilt it. The Tulle holds it in place after quilting so you don’t need to fuss with the stitching around it.  I’m curious what your favorite form of applique is.  If it raw edge, needle turn or the method where you sew stabilizer on and then turn it inside out so it looks like needle turn?  What type of method or product do you use to set it in place?  We can learn from each other as we share our secrets.  Lets not be too secretive though, Please post at the bottom of this blog post and don’t forget to sign up your email so you don’t miss any posts!  My next few posts will be dedicated to applique techniques and tips.



  7 Responses to “How do you applique’?”


    I do raw edge applique with machined blanket or satin stitch edges or tiny topstitching rows just inside the edges depending on the applique design.


    Thanks for the applique post! I use invisible thread with a straight stitch on my machine for raw edge applique, like a McKenna Ryan piece. Use clear thread for lighter pieces and dark gray for darker pieces. I switch to a thinner needle, maybe a 65 or 70, and reduce my tension. I have done needle turn applique, but I’m not great at it. I’m looking forward to learning some tips here. Thanks, Kelly!


    Thanks so much for the post on applique. I have tried it once (newbie) and left it raw edged. I look forward to learning new techniques from all you very talented quilters


    It depends on what fabric I am appliquing. If its wool, I would leave it raw edge and hand applique with blanket stitch. If I’m doing wallhanging, I would probably just use steam a seam around the edges and not applique since I won’t be washing it. (Just using a vacuum to remove dust with screen wire over wall hanging.) I would use hand applique on a quilt with my favorite freezer paper method. Freezer paper slick side up and tip of iron attaching edges of fabric cut outs. Fabric cut 1/8 larger than paper. Hand applique then remove paper by cutting out back of fabric.


    My 1st quilting project was doing Hawaiian applique needle turn. Since then, that has been my preferred method for applique. I do raw edge on “fun” projects, but still needle turn on anything important.


    I am new to applique and enjoy reading about everyone’s techniques and things they have learned to make it easier


    I want to learn applique. Everyones projects are so cute.

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