Applique is a process of sewing fabrics into another. This is commonly used for quilting to achieve the delicate shapes of certain designs. Organic lines, swirls and patterns of leaves, flowers and vines are difficult to portray using the patchwork technique. Using appliques, these can be recreated on fabric and used for adding interesting visuals on quilts.
Making appliques for your quilt is relatively easy. Follow these steps to come up with amazing designs for your quilt:
- Make a template of your design by laying over the template plastic and tracing it with a permanent marker.
- Mark the templates according to your pattern to keep your project organized.
- Cut out your templates and compare them with your printed pattern to ensure they are the same size.
- Trace your template onto your fabric. You can use pencil or washable markers. The lines you’re are drawing will be the sewing lines.
- Cut out your applique shapes. Remember to leave seam allowance around the lines.
- Baste your seam in place by following the lines. You have to be mindful of creating nice sharp points.
- Finish off your basting and you now have an applique.
It is best to create your appliques at the same time in order for you to properly organize them according to your quilting pattern.