Update of Applique Tutorial

I did a tutorial a while back on applique. It was about how I appliqued the White Deer Quilt. Well, I have created a more universal Applique tutorial. If you have any question let me know.

Click on each image to see the full size version.








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I will add more to this in a few days……

24 Responses to “Update of Applique Tutorial”

  1. Malinda says:

    thank you so much! I had never thought about doing appliqué because it seemed too complicated – but you’ve made it look easy with these instructions. and I love your art and crafts!

  2. karen says:

    Hi Andrea. I would love to be included in your article, Karen

  3. Fantastic! My readers are going to love this! I’ve scheduled a link to your article to go live on my blog mid-morning (Central USA time) on August 1. Thank you so much for this resource!


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  5. Patricia says:

    This is the most professional tutorial I’ve ever seen on an art/craft blog! Thank you–I too have been intimidated by applique, and you break it down in just the way I need to see it done.

    Your art and embroidery patterns are so fun and whimsical, too!

    Bunnies ARE evil. Thanks for expressing that so clearly!

  6. Melissa says:

    Wow, thanks so much!!! I’m just starting to learn applique, and this is a perfect tutorial for me! xxxooo-melissa

  7. jane says:

    Thank you :0)

  8. Betsy B says:

    Those are the best diagrams I have ever seen in a sewing tutorial – the cross-sections are brilliant and convey in an instance just how you have performed each step. Congratulations. Do you have a scientific background?

  9. I’m a bit confused, sorry about that, but I’ve done a bit of appliques my own way and I was wondering why we need to leave the paper there, Couldn’t we just take it out before starting to baste?

  10. Andrea says:

    Hi, there are many ways to applique and this way is just a very old technique. Many people do use the pattern to just cut out the needed shape, then remove the paper, then fold and baste the edges of the fabric shape under. I am kind of clumsy, and prefer to leave that paper attached to the fabric shape when folding under and basting the edges of the fabric. It gives me a “hard” edge or guide that makes it easier to fold the fabric edge under.

    Once I finish that appliqued shape and then attach it to the background fabric it’s pretty easy to remove that paper (see diagrams at blog).

    There is another method in which you cut out your applique shape, pin it to the background fabric, then attach it my using your needle to turn under the edges. As you turn the edges you also stitch them.

    I hope this isn’t to confussing.


  11. Buz says:

    You’ve gone above and beyond — your explanations and illustrations are spot-on, thanks so much (I’m sure prepping those images was time-consuming, it’s much appreciated)

    Now to beg for more — how do you make an invisible knot inside the fabric, to tie-off the appliqué. Inherited an unfinished Hawaiian quilt, started the echo stitching, came to the end of the thread and… uh-oh, how does one make a knot INSIDE the batting?

    Any help (above what you’ve already done) is greatly appreciated.

    Thanks again!

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