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Methods of Appliqué
| The art
of appliqué is stitching one piece of fabric onto another. Appliqué work
can be done by hand sewing,
fusing, or machine sewing. Hand stitching can
make the work puff up, whereas fusing and machine stitching can flatten
the work. There is no right or wrong appliqué method. Try all three and
pick the one that works best for you. You can find patterns in stores,
books, and on the internet. However, I think the best appliqué's are the
ones you design yourself. No one else has them and they are original
making your project even more special.
When you are first
learning to sew appliqués with simple lines are the easiest to start with.
Patterns and designs with details and curves can be difficult in the
beginning. Stitching can be done with straight stitch, zigzag stitch, and
special embroidery stitching.
If you are working
with a lot of little pieces of fabric the edges may tend to fray. Try
spraying a light coat of spray starch and iron the pieces before cutting
them out. When sewing shapes always sew the inner curve first.
something to stretchy or knit fabric put a piece of backing cotton fabric
on the wrong side of the knit fabric first. A good example of this would
be if you are making a t-shirt quilt and appliquéing a t-shirt onto your
quilt back place a cotton fabric under the t-shirt first. This will stop
the knit fabric from stretching and bunching up while appliquéing it on.
Let's take a look
at the three methods of appliquéing:
| The fun thing about quilt
appliquéing is that you can experiment with it and see what looks and
works best for
you. Many websites today offer free quilt patterns, beginner quilt
patterns, and easy free quilt patterns. If you want to
make an appliqué quilt of "a scene" and you don't have a good
artist hand for drawing the scenes then here are some suggestions:
1.Have a friend who is pretty good at art draw you
something, Enlarge it to the size you want your appliqué quilt to be, then
have fun cutting it out and making your quilt.
2.Take a photograph that you already have and
enlarge it to the size you want your quilt, copy it, then have fun
transferring it to different color fabrics and fusing into a quilt.
3.Go through child's coloring books and look for
art work you can enlarge, copy, and then quilt.
4.Go on the internet to Free clip art and see if
there are some art works that you could use.
The ideas are endless. Appliqué quilting is just
like drawing a new picture, but you are using fabric and quilting it
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