We have a guest! Thank you so much to Corey of Little Miss Shabby for guest-posting here today. Corey's blog is one of my "go-to" blogs to find great block design and color combinatons. This gal knows how to arrange fabric into eye-catching patterns, for sure! She also loves to applique and she is sharing a little bit about that today. Thank you, Corey!
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I am so excited to be blogging over here today!--Thank you so much Randi for inviting me. =) My name is Corey & you will normally find me blogging over at Little Miss Shabby where I love sharing the little projects that I have going on. =)
Today, I am going to be talking a little bit about applique. It is a definite passion of mine--in fact, the first quilt that I ever pieced, about 10 years ago, was a coin quilt that featured hand appliqued stems & petals.
I also had an applique business making and selling appliqued childrens clothing for several years as it is something I really enjoy. I just made the little top below for my niece's birthday this past week.
While I have used different methods to applique in the past, these days I most often use a "raw edge" method and finish the edges using a blanket stitch, straight stitch, satin stitch, or a sketchy type of stitch using my sewing machine. My go to fusible is heat n bond lite--I have tried several other fusibles and this one is my fave.
I really enjoy the whimsy applique adds to a traditional pattern like the cathedral window pillow above. The birdies are an example of stitchy/sketchy applique.
Above is an appliqued journal cover that I made. For this, instead of using Heat n Bond lite, I cut my little pieces of fabric and used a temporary spray adhesive to adhere the fabric bits to my white background fabric. Then, I finished off the edges with a straight stitch & quilted the cover with free motion pebble quilting. Easy Peasy! =)
Or, how about adding applique to those hexagons you are working on?--I know hexagons are all the rage right now and look how cute they are with just a smidge of applique. I used heat n bond lite for these--finishing the sprouts with the sketchy stitch and the mushroom with a little bit of hand stitching.
Pincushions are a perfect way to try out just a little bit of applique to see how it goes and get a little bit of practice under your belt. Raw edge applique is certainly not difficult but it does require a bit of practice to perfect your stitches.
Another example of an appliqued pillow.
The traditional Joseph's Coat pattern is made using hand applique. However, that was not something that I wanted to tackle when I wanted a quickie pillow to add to the other pillows on my couch. By using applique, this pillow became a fun, quick project.
A pillow I just finished a couple weeks ago.
As you can see, I am definitely an applique junkie! =p I encourage you to give it a try as well! If you ever have any applique questions, I would be glad to help you out--just pop on over to my blog & shoot me a message! =)
Thank you for sharing your thoughts on applique, Corey! You inspire me with your one-of-a-kind creations!