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An Applique Journey

You know the A word?  The one quilters either have a love or hate relationship with but not often anywhere in between.

You guessed it– Appliqué.

Let’s just get this out in the open.  I did not know how to applique before taking a class recently. I have only heard nightmare stories, and I based my opinions on what I had heard.  Some days my opinion is the same, other days I actually enjoy appliqué (…did I just say that?).

I should have started with something simple, but instead I decided to jump into the deep end with a straight jacket on.  Okay, I’m being a little (or a lot) dramatic.  This quilt was a challenge though.

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Bunny Hill Designs- Merry, Merry Snowmen

I can’t even remember when we started it, but I have had this quilt by Bunny Hill Designs on and off my design wall too many weeks months to count.  It is time to finish it up seeing as how we only have 99 days until Christmas (!!).  Let’s strap on a jet pack and finish a few things!

Back to the A word… I now know how to applique.  Not only do I know how, I have used the techniques I learned in the class to make THE J QUILT.

For the next few days I am going to work block-by-block to finish this quilt.  Stick around, we might learn something together.

I’ll start with my least finished block.  I am pulling fabric and making decisions on how to construct this one. I was taught how to appliqué using freezer paper and spray adhesive.  I know now that there are other ways which include fusible interfacing.  I will be venturing that direction next time.

I find using the spray adhesive makes my entire sewing room like one of those fly trap sticky ribbons.  Everything sticks to me, I stick to everything, and nothing actually sticks to my block where is it supposed to go—not cool.

However, I have already traced every single piece onto freezer paper and I do not want to spend even longer trying to retrace everything.  I have one block left to place and I will be using spray adhesive.  Wish me luck.

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Now that everything is stuck down onto the block (a miracle) I use a satin stitch setting on my machine to sew around the edges.  Nothing too complicated; however, you do want to go slow and pay attention. I also tried different stitch widths and lengths until I reached something I thought looked proportionate for the pieces I was working with.

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After gluing everything down, changing threads is probably the most tedious part.  I wanted my thread to match what it was stitching down so there were quite a few color changes happening.

See you at the machine,

Care

{If you like this pattern and would like to make it yourself you can purchase it here.}

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