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  • Applique Preparation Tips
  • Post author
    Sharon Keightley
    I love to design my own quilt patterns and share them. I am a confessed lover of vintage and reproduction fabrics, my favorite thing to do is applique.
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Applique Preparation Tips

Applique Preparation Tips

Applique Preparation Tips: The Rambling Ways Quilt top is coming along really well. I have finished all the blocks and the quilt center is sewn together. It's looking fabulous !!

Rambling Ways Quilt Border | Pine Valley Quilts

I am now working hard on the borders, I thought you might like to see how I 'Chain Stitch' the applique pieces before I finally baste them all onto the background fabric. As I prepare my circles, I baste the smaller circles in place on top of the larger one's. I then set my sewing machine up and stitch around the smaller circles, after finishing each circle I do not cut my thread. (monofilament thread on the top and 50 weight cotton in the bobbin)  I just pull the circle away from the needle and place the next one in place and start stitching the next circle. Continuing until they are all sewn. Then it's just a matter of clipping the threads and basting them in place on the background fabric. If you are using a method where you need to take out the freezer paper you can do this for the smaller circle after it has been stitched to the larger circle. Hopefully the pictures below will help you understand what I am talking about.

Applique circles by machine | Pine Valley Quilts 

Applique circles by machine | Pine Valley Quilts

Applique circles by machine | Pine Valley Quilts

Applique circles by machine | Pine Valley Quilts

Applique circles by machine | Pine Valley Quilts

Applique circles by machine | Pine Valley Quilts

Find more information on how to create beautiful turned edge applique by machine in the Applique ! E-book

Rambling Ways Quilt Pattern

Happy Stitching

Sharon

  • Post author
    Sharon Keightley
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Comments on this post (3)

  • Aug 03, 2016

    Was wondering what kind of thread and what stitch do you use

    — Annette Moore

  • Aug 03, 2016

    Hi Annette
    I like to use a YLI monofilament thread on the top and a cotton thread on the bottom. I use a zig zag stitch. There are two posts I have written on Invisible machine applique. If you go to the applique category on my blog side bar and page five you will find the posts on the civil war bride quilt, and page four the wreath cushion and other projects I have also played with different threads mainly finding the wonderfil invisifil thread also gives a good look but you will need a large selection of colours as the colour needs to be a good match for the applique pieces as in hand applique.

    — Sharon Keightley

  • Aug 03, 2016

    What a Delicious piece! Love!! Your fabrics are scrummy.

    — Leeanne

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