Saturday, July 21, 2012

Making an applique motif

We are fortunate to have so many options in our quilting methods.  Here is one method for transforming a shape into an applique motif  with a finished edge.

stitched pattern + interfacing

With right side of fabric next to interfacing (paper side up),
 stitch around outermost edge, with a tiny stitch length

remove paper

trim within seam allowance; 
 Bonus: using pinking sheers will clip the curves for you

Cut a slit in back interfacing; turn shape right-side out; press with an iron

Your applique is ready to stitch down to a background piece.


  1. Oh, I like that! Thanks, Kat.

  2. I need to try this. I heard once that using dryer sheets to do this will help you not having to do needle turn. My last project might have worked a lot better if I had turned it into a FPP project and then just done this method. Thanks!

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  4. This is a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Oh I like that. I so what to do applique that isn't raw edge and this just might be the thing for me. Thanks for sharing :)

  6. Thanks for the wonderful technique (and the tip on the pinking shears!)
    This is a sweet stocking.

  7. Kat, I have been foundation piecing for years and years and years and I NEVER thought to do that. You are a genius and should stand up, right now, and take a bow!! ~karen


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