Does that word stir up feelings of excitement or fear?
I have noticed that quilters either love or hate applique.
Personally, I love applique. I find it very relaxing to have some handwork available to do at anytime.
The true secret to successful applique is …..
Try lots of different techniques until you find the one that is perfect for you or a combination of different techniques that work for you.
I have been practicing the craft for many years and have tried lots and lots of techniques.
- needle turn
- back basting
- raw edge it goes on and on.
My applique style is a mix of many styles.
Today, while searching for a little advice for placement, which is one thing that can drive me crazy from time to time. I discovered a wonderful little blog.
Erin Russek designs wonderful, colorful appliques. She also has a great technique for starching her applique pieces. I’ve done this with circles before like Karen K. Buckley, but I had never tried it on ALL my pieces.
I have to say, I tried it, and the results are stunning.
My own tips for successful applique..
- Good lightning.
- Good thread. I suggest a quality thread like Aurifil 50 wt or silk 100 wt thread. I used to use only silk, but now I am switching over to Aurifil because it is much more versatile. You can use it for applique, and it is great for general piecing because it is thin enough that it doesn’t affect your seam.. It is strong, and not linty at all. It is a great thread available in lots and lots of yummy colors.
- Good Needles. I like a thin “Straw” or “Sharp” size 10 or 11, but needles are like sewing machines, you need to try several to find the one you like the best.
I hope you will try applique for yourself and see how truly enjoyable it is.