Raw-Edge applique

Why Raw Edge                

First I’m somewhat lazy. But more importantly, my time is just too precious!

Even though I'm now retired, I still have a husband, 6 very cute grandchildren, a house to clean, a yard to keep up and a quilt supplies business on the side, how much time is left to create?

 So yes, it’s fast..    But it’s also quite beautiful.  Because the edges don’t need to be turned, you are able to do more precise cutting, enabling more intricate designs.

 I use batiks exclusively so fraying is minimal due to the higher thread count. Fraying is also minimized by the fusing material and the threadwork on top.

 So, just like you always hear, you’re only limited by your own imagination.

 

My Technique
 

The fabric is prepared by applying a Lite Steam-a-Seam II fusible to the wrong side.

I don’t like to trace patterns so I use a copy machine to make another copy of just the sheets of pattern pieces. 

(Note:  If you bought the pattern, it is yours to use as you see fit.  You are not copying it to give or sell to someone else.)

First, with the copies you just made, rough cut around pattern pieces and sort them by fabric color to determine how much of each color fabric you will need to fuse. Fuse the appropriate amount of fabric using the manufacturers instructions. Place the rough cut pattern pieces on tacky side of fused fabric. Cut out pattern pieces using this tip. 

Tip*:  As you lay the pattern pieces onto the fused fabric, or even after they are laying on the fabric, cut a slice in pattern piece, cutting well into the piece beyond the cutting line.   Before cutting out each piece, insert the scissors between fused fabric and pattern, then slice each piece through the cutting line. After cutting out the pieces, the pattern will be easy to remove at the slice.

                                         

Cover master template (supplied in pattern) with Teflon applique sheet so you can see your "cheat sheet" below. Remove paper from cut fabric and place in appropriate position on applique sheet. Continue to place pieces until a small area is done. Run your fusing iron over the completed section to make permanent. The fused pieces will peel right off Teflon sheet. Pre-fabricate units when possible for later placement onto background. Working from the back and moving forward, keep adding pieces and fusing until design is complete. 

Layer quilt top with batting & backing.  Drop your feed dogs, sew around pieces in complimentary or contrasting thread. Experiment with thread play & embellishments as desired.

See?   Nothin’ to it! 

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