Tips for a Seamless Hand Applique
Try these simple steps to reduce background fabric pucker and wrinkle in hand-applique projects.
Use these techniques to combat problems with background fabric puckering and wrinkling around hand applique:
- Don't pull stitches too tightly when hand stitching. Stitching should be taut but not so tight that it causes the background fabric to pucker.
- Try using a paper foundation instead of traditional needle turn applique.
- Press the applique motif face down on a thick towel to avoid pressing in creases and wrinkles.
- When it comes to trimming away the background fabric in applique, there is no right or wrong answer. One way is to leave the backing on smaller or narrower designs and remove it for larger designs. If planning to hand quilt the design, cut away the backing fabric to alleviate the bulk.
Use these tips and tools to make your first quilt.
Use this discharge process to transfer shapes to fabric for a dramatic effect.
Embellish a quilt pattern with stamps made from found objects.
Make a Shining Star quilt with these simple steps.
Create a log cabin design that's great for a quilt, sampler or pillow using the faced applique technique.
Follow these four simple steps on how to use a quilt ruler.
Master the traditional process and a modern variation to make a Hunter Star quilt.
Curved quilt piecing is as easy as applique with these simple instructions.
Keep the stitching to a minimum by fusing fabrics in this masterpiece for your wall.
Check out these foolproof strategies for folding, attaching and calculating size for quilts.