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

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.

Sections 21 and 23

Step 2

  • Add sections 22, 24, 20 and 25 (in that order) and 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.

Sections 16 and 19

Step 4

  • Place and then fuse sections 1, 2 and 3 of the horse’s mane.

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

Step 6

  • 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.

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.

Sections 8 and 9

Step 9

  • 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!

Sections 26 and 27

Doesn’t it look awesome!??

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

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Africa Mila Camps November 13, 2023 - 10:54 am
He terminado la cabeza del caballo, es precioso gracias por enseñarme, solo me falta la ultima clase que parece que fue en Diciembre 2017 como acolcharlo. Podría indicarme donde encontrarlo. Un abrazo
Carla A. Canonico November 28, 2023 - 10:36 am
Thank you for asking Africa, here's the link to the last post (Post 5) for that week. https://quiltsocial.com/5-simple-steps-to-add-prairie-points-to-your-quilt/. You can find the link at the end of post 4.
odette February 23, 2021 - 11:00 am
bravo j'adore je vais me lancer bisous
Carla A. Canonico February 23, 2021 - 12:03 pm
Bonne chance Odette! C'est une belle aventure!
Cathy Goodin October 5, 2023 - 7:20 am
Where can I purchase horse head pattern and wild and free fabric. Also what are measurements on Horseheads. Would like to put on sweatshirt for my granddaughter. Love this pattern.
Carla A. Canonico October 19, 2023 - 9:22 am
Hi Cathy, you can find the horse pattern in the previous post here: https://quiltsocial.com/how-to-create-your-own-fusible-applique-pattern-from-a-drawing/. Thank you for asking.
Rachel Hudson March 25, 2019 - 3:31 pm
Thank you so much for this pattern. I used it to make my first quilt. It turned into a lap quilt for my 8 year old. We love how it turned out!
Peche B February 24, 2019 - 6:20 pm
Thx for sharing
Elizabeth Matthiesen October 3, 2018 - 4:56 pm
Stunning I\'d say. I do enjoy reading these \'how to\' post and I learn a lot from them. My sister-in-law is an avid quilter and my 7 children and I all have quilts made for us by her. :-)
Brenda Lacourciere November 13, 2017 - 12:45 am
Wow, that is so beautiful!
Christine Baker November 13, 2017 - 1:11 pm
Thanks Brenda! I'm really happy with how it turned out :)
Judy Cooper November 12, 2017 - 11:35 am
Great blog post.
Christine Baker November 13, 2017 - 1:11 pm
Thanks Judy! I'm glad you enjoyed it :)
Lynn M November 11, 2017 - 4:25 am
This makes applique look so easy to do. I may have to try it! Great choice of fabrics as well.
Christine Baker November 13, 2017 - 1:15 pm
Thanks Lynn! Fusible applique is very forgiving! Just try something small to start :)
Vivian Oaks November 10, 2017 - 12:00 pm
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!!
Christine Baker November 13, 2017 - 1:19 pm
Thanks Vivian! As soon as I saw those fabrics I just KNEW how I wanted to use them! Northcott fabrics are just amazing!
Lori Smanski November 9, 2017 - 4:53 pm
this is gorgeous. I am ready to start learning applique
Christine Baker November 13, 2017 - 1:21 pm
Thanks Lori! Have fun - you'll just love doing fusible applique :)
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