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Adding applique shapes to your Halloween quilt is chilling fun!

Adding applique shapes to your Halloween quilt is chilling fun!

by Jean Boyd

Yesterday I showed you how to use the walking foot and the quilting guide bar on the Brother NQ700 machine to quilt our spooky Halloween house wall quilt. This little machine did a great job of quilting with perfect stitch quality and tension. I didn’t have to make any adjustments to the default settings except for the stitch length, and that was a personal choice. The default stitch length would have worked just as well.

The guide bar is attached to the walking foot for quilting straight lines on the Brother NQ700

Quilting with the walking foot and quilting guide bar on the Brother NQ700

Now you’re ready to cut out the applique shapes and sew them with the Brother NQ700 machine to finish your Halloween quilt. Click on the picture to get the applique shapes that are ready to print or trace. This fits on an 8½” x 11″ piece of paper. Make sure that the 1″ test square is an accurate measurement.

Applique patterns ready to trace on fusible web

Click on the picture to get the applique patterns.

  • Print the applique shapes on paper.
  • The moon is a 4″ circle, so you can trace around any object you have that is about that size to get the pattern.
  • I used my Brother ScanNCut SDX225 to scan the images and cut the shapes. If you don’t have a cutting machine, the following method will work just fine for fusible applique.

Applique letters for the word Boo, on the Brother ScanNCut SDX225 cutting mat

Applique shapes cut on the Brother ScanNCut SDX225

HeatnBond fusible web on a roll and in a package of 8½" x 11" sheets; HeatnBond Feather Lite

HeatnBond fusible web comes on a roll or in 8½” x 11″ sheets

  • If you’re using a different fusible web product, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions for tracing shapes.
  • Cut out the paper applique shapes leaving a ¼” margin around the drawn lines.
  • Give your chosen fabric pieces a quick spritz with Mary Ellen’s Best Press and then iron them. This product gives added body to the fabric and makes it easier to handle when doing fusible applique.
  • Press the fusible shapes to the back of the fabric. It only takes a few seconds to press the shapes in place. Read the manufacturer’s instructions for the product you’re using as each one is a little different!
  • Cut out the fabric shapes on the drawn lines.

Pumpkin, bat, cat and letters are cut from fusible web; Brother NQ700, HeatnBond Feather Lite

Applique shapes are cut and ready to use

  • Carefully remove the paper backing, making sure the fusible web stays on the fabric. I like to use a pin to score the paper backing, making it easier to remove.

Paper backing is removed from applique shape with the help of a pin; Brother NQ700, HeatnBond Feather Lite

Remove paper backing from fusible web.

  • Arrange the shapes as desired on the quilted Spooky House and pin them in place.

Applique shapes of bats, pumpkins, and the word boo, are pinned in place on a quilted background.

Arrange applique shapes on the quilted background.

  • When you’re satisfied with the placement, press the pieces in place. I had my work on my design wall, so to make sure the shapes wouldn’t move while I was transferring it to the ironing board, I used my Clover Mini Iron to press one little section of each shape to the background. Then I could remove the whole piece from the design wall and take it to the ironing board for the final pressing.

The Clover Mini Iron is used on a small section of an applique shape to hold it in place; Clover Mini Iron

Use the Clover Mini Iron to hold applique shapes in place.

Be sure to come back tomorrow as I show you how to use the Brother NQ700 to stitch around the applique shapes. You’ll be doing perfect applique stitching in no time with this great little machine!

This is part 4 of 5 in this series

Go back to part 3: Quilting straight lines is easy with the right tools on the Brother NQ700

Go to part 5: Sewing fusible applique shapes onto your quilt with the Brother NQ700


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