Reverse Applique Kitty Quilt
Tips on designing a reverse applique quilt with a kitty.
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Instructions provided courtesy of quilter Jan Mullen.
"K is for Kitty" is a reverse-applique project. The finished size is 14-1/2" x 17-1/2".
book – Reverse Applique with No Brakez - project on page 56
secret layer - assorted small black and white scraps
top layer - red print 10-1/2" x 13-1/2"
border - assorted black print scraps, 2-1/2" x various lengths
backing fabric -cut 16-1/2" x 19-1/2"
batting - cut 16-1/2" x 19-1/2"
binding - 1/8 yard of black solid
applique and quilting threads - 1 skein each of black and red embroidery floss
stitching thread - black
1. Using book as a guide, draw kitty to scale to fit the top layer, approximately 5-1/2" x 9-1/2". Cut out kitty so that the cartoon can be used as a template (figure A).
2. Cut the backing and batting.
3. Piece the secret layer (figure B). Stitch a variety of small black-and-white scraps into rows then sew the rows together to make a new fabric.
4. Position the top layer over the secret layer (figure D). Center it as it will be smaller than the rest of the sandwich.
5. Mark the design on the top layer using the template and a silver pencil (figure E).
6. Pin around the design areas with safety pins to hold the sandwich together.
7. Cut out the area to be reverse appliqued, clipping seams where necessary and pinning to secure (figure F) the area for quick stitching. I lay this incomplete sandwich lightly over the backing without attaching the layers.
8. Stitch the prepared applique area (figure G). Do not stitch through to the backing, merely stitch to adhere the top layer to the batting. I used six strands of cotton and a large running stitch.
9. Using safety pins prepare to hold the complete sandwich, including backing, for quilting.
10. I hand quilted kitty in an echo style, without marking. I simply stitched in rounds about an inch apart using floss and stitches to match the applique. Quilt right to the edges of the top layer.
11. Time for the border. I cut strips of black print fabric 2-1/2-inches wide and auditioned them around the edges of the top layer trying to create color and line balance. The sides were pieced, the top and bottom simply one fabric each.
Cut the sides 13-1/2" x 2-1/2". Pin each to the side edges of the top layer, right sides together and raw edges aligned. Stitch/quilt in place - I used my walking foot here.
Cut the top and bottom 14-1/2" x 2-1/2". Pin each to the side edges of the top layer, right sides together and raw edges aligned. Stitch/quilt in place as before.
12. Using black embroidery floss, quilt around the inner and outer edges of the border to hold in place.
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