Machine Applique: Appli-quilting
Select your fabrics and cut to the needed size.
The nice option of machine reverse applique, is that you may use a dark background. This option is available because you do not need to be able to see the pattern through your material as you are tracing onto your fusible webbing. Check out our Scroll & Fan, medallion III pattern done by machine.
Layer your paper backed fusible webbing on top of the paper pattern.
Pin or tape together. Trace around all the shapes in the design with a pencil. (see picture below)
A light box makes this step easier.
I like to use Soft Fuse fusible. But any fusible material that you like works.
Lay onto the wrong side of your top fabric and iron following the directions for your fusible webbing. (See picture to the right)
What I like about Soft Fuse is it is light weight, yet adheres well. When my quilted piece is finished it is not stiff, but supple.
Using small sharp scissors, cut out the shapes in the design on the drawn lines.
(See picture on the left)
Peel off paper backing.
Lay your fused top on the right side of your background fabric.
Iron, following directions for your fusible webbing. (See picture to the right)
If I'm adding my piece into a quilt, I would machine applique now. However, if the piece will be its own quilted decoration, I layer with my batting and backing now. I always layer with extra batting and backing, and trim to its finished size later.
My piece is layered with batting and backing, and pinned to keep the layers from shifting while Appli-quilting. (See picture to the left)
You may also hold your layers together with spray adhesive if you prefer.
The piece is ready for the sewing machine.
Choose threads that augment your fabrics.
You may want them to match exactly so they disappear, or you may want to choose a complimentary or accent color.
I like to use my sewing machine's satin stitch. You can create one with a small, tight zig-zag stitch. Or use the blanket stitch if you have one on your machine. I don't have one on my 29 year old machine.
Now, appli-quilt...Machine applique and quilt, in one step, through all your layers. (See picture above)
Your piece is all appli-quilted and ready for binding. Finished quilted piece from front (See picture on far left), and viewed from the back (See picture on immediate left).
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