I’ve slowly been working on my sample for a class I’ll be teaching next Spring out of this book: Creative Quilts from Your Crayon Box: Melt-n-Blend Meets Fusible Applique. The technique is really fun to play with and there are lots of possibilities for applique.
I had to redo a few pieces since the first try didn’t blend well or I got too much color soaked into the fabric but I finally got all of them done last night. Halfway through the project I switched fusible web to something that worked perfectly and didn’t lose it’s stickyness after being heated up repeatedly (this is important when you’re blending on the teflon applique sheet – you need your shapes to stay put). Floriani Applikay Wonder. I love this stuff!
I positioned everything how I wanted it and started to stitch it down. I used a blind hem stitch with Aurifil monofiliment and a microtex needle. It worked out great and didn’t take away from any of the color in the applique pieces.
I just need to sit down and quilt it now. I made the binding last night too while I was at it.
Here is a preview video of the technique so you can get an idea as to how it is done:
My sewing machine got a new little decal sticker on it a few days ago too! A little sticker pack came with a new corgi t-shirt that I bought off of ebay. I thought this was the perfect place for the small decal.
Here’s how I found Bernie last night when I came out of my sewing room: