I thought that today I would share a tutorial of a technique with you. And since I LOVE to applique, how about that? I know that many of you are expert at applique, but some of you have never tried it, because you think it is too hard, so I would like to share my applique method:
Applique the Jillily Way!
This makes it easy for ANYONE to do applique! I call it "applique for the masses" because it really is easy for anyone. Applique adds sooooo much to a pieced quilt. Just take a look at these examples:
In this quilt (CABIN FEVER) the simple log cabin blocks would really be boring without the applique, and may I add that there are very few, easy shapes.
Here's an example of a mostly pieced quilt (GARDEN ROWS) that is so enhanced by the applique that it" reads" as an applique quilt. Really there is only one applique row, and a few stems on some flowers.
Now let's learn how to do it! First take 4 pieces of freezer paper, stack them together, all with the shiny side DOWN,
and press them with a hot iron.
They will fuse together, giving you one dull side on top and one shiny side on bottom. (Be careful NOT to put two shiny sides facing each other, because you will end up with a lovely handmade piece of cardstock!)
Some folks will tell you to use a small craft iron here. Not me! I like a BIG, HOT, HEAVY iron. It is fast and easy. You don't have to push on it, and it does the work of gently 'easing' the fabric over the curve of your template.
Jillily Studio Appli-Glue!
The tapered tip allows you to put just a tiny drop every half inch or so in the seam allowance of your prepared piece. (The tip can be removed for easy cleaning, and so it won't clog or rust!) The best part is that the glue is "Archival" --meaning that it is safe for the fabrics in your quilt. It is water soluble, so you do need to stitch, but it will hold all the pieces of your applique block in place until you get around to stitching.
I like to glue baste all the pieces of my block at once, so that now all the prep work is done on my block and all I need to do is stitch. It makes your project portable--you don't need to carry all the little individual pieces (where is piece 23b??!), and the placement diagram (I know I had that yesterday!).
Now to stitch your applique, knot your thread and come up from the back, bring your needle out the fold of the applique. Use a blind stitch, with all the traveling from stitch to stitch done on the back so you don't see it.
I hope you have not been too bored with this post, but I am out of time and space, so I will have to show you how to do the vines on my own blog later this month.
I think we need to give a prize away if you stayed long enough to read this whole thing!! Leave a comment here AND sign up to follow me on my blog and you could win a bunch of applique supplies: Poke-A-Dots, Appli-Glue, needles, stencil brush and an awl-- and a pattern or two. I will choose a couple of winners on Friday night. The lucky winners will be ready to applique the days away!
OK, we have the winners of the Jillily Studio drawing from Tuesday's post:
KatieQ of NY in the USA
Linda K of Georgia in the USA
If you are one of these people, email me to give me your address and I will ship your prizes!
I told you that I would be showing you how to make vines and stems for applique, and I have not forgotten! I will have to do that next week after the Memorial Day holiday weekend (over at my blog, jillilystudio.blogspot.com). See you then----
Have a great weekend!