I am assembling some fabrics and notions for the newest Anne Sutton, Bunny Hill project. What do you think…?
I have recently had a query about my Snowbound blocks and machine applique technique. I usually prefer to do hand applique, but there is not enough time in my world for this technique exclusively. So, for some projects I have chosen to do machine applique. In 2009, when Anne Sutton first offered a free on-line BOM, A Tisket A Tasket, without hesitation I joined and immediately knew my blocks would be machine appliqued.
For these projects I have used a lite fusible web, decorative rayon threads and a machine blanket stitch. I must admit to not being a big fan of fusibles. After several different projects and attempts, my fusible of choice is Heat ‘n Bond lite, hands down!!!
I “window pane” my fusible applique shape before it is pressed to my fabric. I want my project to be soft, not stiff and hard. Many times applique shapes are layered, the more fusible, the more stiff the piece becomes.
When using a fusible, the pattern must be reversed. If not, your block/project will be the mirror image of the original design. So, I trace the design on the other side of the pattern and use that reversed design to trace the fusible shapes I will need. If this isn’t making much sense, or seems confusing, do it a couple times and you will see what I mean.
I will continue to share my journey as I machine applique Henrietta Whiskers. Thank you for your interest, emails, comments and friendship. ; ) Enjoy your Friday and 2011.