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10 easy steps to assemble a horse applique using Wild and Free fabrics

 

Yesterday on QUILTsocial I showed you how to trace, fuse and cut the applique shapes to make our Wild and Free horse applique for the Equestrian Beauty Wallhanging. Today we finally get to iron all of these pieces together and see how great the applique looks!

The easiest way to assemble fusible applique shapes is to use a pressing sheet and a pressing board. I talked about making and using a pressing board in my QUILTsocial post in June 2106.

Before fusing the applique pieces, layer the pressing sheet on top of the paper diagram (that is placed wrong side up) and then place both of these on top of the pressing board or ironing board.

Using the pressing board
Using the pressing board

 

Step 1

  • Find section 21 and 23 on the diagram and the corresponding fabric shapes from the basket in which the shapes are stored.
  • Peel the paper backing off of the fabric shapes and then lie them on top of the pressing sheet according to their placement on the paper diagram underneath.
  • Fuse in place using a hot iron. Make sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions for whatever type of fusible web you’re using.
Place sections 21 and 23 on the pressing sheet and fuse into place with a hot iron.
Sections 21 and 23

 

Step 2

  • Add sections 22, 24, 20 and 25 (in that order) and fuse into place with a hot iron.
Add sections 22, 24, 20 and 25 (in that order) fuse into place with a hot iron.
Sections 22, 24, 20 and 25

 

Step 3

  • The next step to make the horse’s head using Northcott Wild and Free fabric is to add section 16 and then place section 19 on top and then fuse both into place using a hot iron.
The next step to make the horse's head using Northcott's Wild and Free fabric is to add section 16 and then section 19 and the fuse into place using a hot iron.
Sections 16 and 19

 

Step 4

  • Place and then fuse sections 1, 2 and 3 of the horse’s mane.
Next add and fuse sections 1, 2 and 3 of the horse's mane made with Northcott's Wild and Free fabric.
Sections 1, 2 and 3 of the horse’s mane

 

Step 5

  • Next, sections 4, 5, 6 and 7 are added in that order and then fused into place.
Sections 4, 5, 6 and 7 made from the Wild and Free fabrics are added next and fused into place.
Sections 4, 5, 6 and 7

 

Step 6

  • Place section 10 and then section 11 on top and fuse into place.
Place section 10 and then section 11 on top and fuse into place.
Section 10 and 11

 

Step 7

  • Lay down sections 12, 13, 14 and 15 of the horse’s mane (in that order) and then fuse into place.
Lay down sections 12, 13, 14 and 15 of the horse's mane (in that order) and fuse into place.
Sections 12, 13, 14 and 15

 

Step 8

  • Place section 8 and section 9 of the horse’s ear and then fuse into place with a hot iron.
Place section 8 and the section 9 of the horse's ear and then fuse into place with a hot iron.
Sections 8 and 9

 

Step 9

  • Place the horse’s eye (section 18) and then the eyelid (section 17) and then fuse in place.
Place the horse's eye (section 18) and then the eyelid (section 17) and then fuse in place.
Sections 18 and 17

 

Step 10

  • The nostrils, sections 26 and 27 are the last two pieces to be placed and fused to complete the horse applique!
The nostrils, sections 26 and 27 and the last two pieces to be place and fused to complete the horse applique made with Northcott's Wild and Free fabric.
Sections 26 and 27

 

Doesn’t it look awesome!??

The finished horse head fusible applique made with Northcott's Wild and Free fabric line.
The assembled applique

 

At this point, leave the horse applique stuck to the pressing sheet (for safe keeping). Tomorrow we’ll assemble the quilt top using the Wild and Free fabrics from Northcott and we’ll iron the applique onto the background. See you then!

 

This is part 4 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 3: 5 essential steps for fusible applique success

Go to part 5: 5 simple steps to add prairie points to your quilt

I have been designing and publishing quilt patterns for the last 16 years under the business name Fairfield Road Designs. My patterns range from fusible applique and piecing to felted wool applique and punchneedle. You can see all of patterns on my website www.fairfieldroaddesigns.com.

10 Comments

  1. Brenda Lacourciere

    Wow, that is so beautiful!

    • Thanks Brenda! I’m really happy with how it turned out 🙂

  2. Lynn M

    This makes applique look so easy to do. I may have to try it! Great choice of fabrics as well.

    • Thanks Lynn! Fusible applique is very forgiving! Just try something small to start 🙂

  3. Vivian Oaks

    My mom would absolutely LOVE this horse applique!! What a perfect use for the bundle you’re giving away!! Thanks so much for the chance to win!!

    • Thanks Vivian! As soon as I saw those fabrics I just KNEW how I wanted to use them! Northcott fabrics are just amazing!

  4. Lori Smanski

    this is gorgeous. I am ready to start learning applique

    • Thanks Lori! Have fun – you’ll just love doing fusible applique 🙂

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