Machine Applique and Another New Project

Since the actual quilting is my favorite part about making quilts, it should be no surprise that I love applique. Applique is such a great way to get a lovely top with lots of space to do some great ruler work and free motion quilting. I've been working on a little project with some applique as a class sample. First I adapted an older applique design I had created to make a single flower.

Then I made new freezer paper templates and began cutting out the different shapes and preparing the edges for turned edge applique.

I love using my little iron and my starch tea cup for these projects. There were no burned fingers this time!

Then it was time to glue baste the pieces in place and stitch them down. I used invisible thread to stitch them into place with a teeny tiny blanket stitch on my Janome 8200.

If you'd like to learn more about applique, I recommend Kevin Kosbab's Start Applique. He covers several different types of applique and he's easy to follow. His freezer paper method is very close to my own method too.

Remember that the National Craft Month promotion is still going on with Craftsy. Buy a class and you could win $1000 to donate to your favorite craft-focused charity! If we get enough participation, Craftsy is going to up that amount to $2000. Imagine how that could help charities like Quilts of Valor, Project Linus, or any one of many worthy organizations.

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I am working like a crazy woman on several different things in my life right now and quilting is only part of it. The blog might not get as much attention from me right now, but I'll try to share what I can.

What about you? What have you been making and does it include applique or ruler work? Inquiring minds want to know!


  1. Hi Amy: I'm with you ~ I love applique to make tops with lots of quilting space. I'm working on a Frank Lloyd Wright-like stained glass window design with an art deco appliqued cat. The glasslike arches and panels will be perfect to practice my ruler work on.

  2. Love, love this Amy. I need to do more appliqué. I like doing needle turn but it takes me forever so I need to start doing like you have done in this post. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Exactly! In a perfect world, I'd have time to sit on my porch and hand quilt. So sometimes you have to adapt some time saving techniques or we'd never get done.

  3. Amy,recently used this method on one of the appliqué blocks for The Splendid Sampler. It works so well! I like all methods of appliqué. We quilters need many technique tools in our tool belt. Thanks for the demo.