The art of appliqué quilting has long been a way for quilters to add designs to their fabric, in addition to piecing. But while traditional quilters used the hand appliqué stitch to place their fabric motifs, contemporary quilters are more apt to fuse or machine appliqué, opening up new, faster, design possibilities.
In this free eBook, How to Appliqué: Quilt Designs for Creating Appliqué Quilts, we bring you four methods for creating machine embroidery appliqué designs from four very talented artists.
In Defining the Line, Ellen Anne Eddy shows how to how to appliqué wild, curvy shapes using the free-motion zigzag stitch and then add shading and dimension to those shapes. This type of machine appliqué stitching gives you more flexibility with thread and fabric, too, bringing a great deal of depth to your appliqué quilt.
Mickey Depre explains how using a fusible interfacing like Décor-Bond shapes, supports, and stabilizes fabrics, making it perfect for machine appliqué use, in Décor-Bond It! Machine Appliqué. Her step-by-step directions will help you use quilt appliqué to make wall art that hangs beautifully, even with intricate, bias-cut shapes.
Got curves? If you love the bends and arcs of a fanciful landscape quilt but don't know how to begin appliqué quilting the pieces, Rose Hughes's tutorial The Heartfelt Landscape will show you the way. She uses her Fast-Piece AppliquéTM method, which combines simple straight-stitch piecing methods with machine appliqué to produce shapes that are normally very difficult to piece.
For an easy, breezy, mixed-media approach, learn how to appliqué using Mary Stoudt's reverse-appliqué quilt patterns for flags. Each one is a mini fabric collage with quotes that peek through from beneath the layers. In Flying Colors, Mary shows how reverse appliqué adds texture and layers to your fiber art, and how fun it is to appliqué quilt, too!
We hope you enjoy exploring the contemporary appliqué quilt designs and methods presented here in How to Appliqué: Quilt Designs for Creating Appliqué Quilts, and go on to use these skills to make many of your own machine appliqué designs.
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