Category Applique

Blanket-Stitched Fused Applique

Fused Applique

Fused, blanket stitched pieces of fabric, to be sewn on a quilt top are called a blanket-stitched fused applique patches. Fusing is a quick and easy method of appliqueing patches, with machine stitching adding color and texture.

When a patch is to be overlapped by another patch, the underneath patch needs to have extra material added to the edges that will be covered by the top patch. Mark a dashed line on the pattern to indicate these places. Trace each patch onto the paper side of the fusible web, adding the extensions if needed and leaving 1/2″ between patches. Cut the traced patches apart, adding about 1/4″ around the drawn lines. Following the manufacture’s directions, press the fusible web to the wrong side of the fabric. Cut out  each patch on the marked line...

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Fused Versus Traditional Applique

Fused Versus Traditional Applique

Some pattern instructions suggest that you “prepare  patches for your chosen applique”.  What if you haven’t done much applique, how do you know if you should use the fused versus traditional applique method for any given project? There are several things to consider when deciding the method to  use.

There are three methods of applique that are used in most appliqued quilt patterns. The first is called “heirloom or traditional” applique, in which each patch has a turned edge and is finished with a hand blind stitch. This is the most time consuming method. For many quiltmakers, this technique provides a very nice way to have a carry-along project. For a quilt that will become a family treasure, traditional is well worth the time...

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