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Enlarge, print, cut, fuse: successfully appliqueing letters to a quilt

 

In yesterday’s post, we explored how to prepare fusible web applique for stitching for maximum success.

 

HeatnBond Feather Lite makes appliqueing letters to a quilt project easy.
HeatnBond Feather Lite makes appliqueing letters to a quilt project easy.

 

Today we use the same technique as in yesterday’s post using HeatnBond Feather Lite iron on adhesive and computer fonts or crafting stencils to add a sentiment to our quilted spring banner.

Let’s get started!

 

Adding a sentiment with computer fonts or stencils
Adding a sentiment with computer fonts or stencils

 

Step 3 Give your banner a voice

Our quilted banner is coming along nicely but it will be even better when it has something to say!

There are many tools available that make it easy to add words to our quilted projects.

One of the most versatile sources for letters and numbers is computer fonts. We have numerous fonts built in on our computers plus an unlimited number of fonts in an endless variety of styles available for free download.

The only disadvantage to computer fonts is that it’s difficult to find ones that are large enough for use with machine applique.

To get around this all you need to do is print the alphabet you wish to use as large as possible then take your print out to someone with a copy machine.

Simply enlarge the font to the desired size.

Here a ½” font has been enlarged 450%.

 

 A computer font enlarged for use in machine applique
A computer font enlarged for use in machine applique

 

Letter stickers, foam letters and stencils are even easier to use with fusible web applique.

 

Many tools are available to help you create applique fonts
Many tools are available to help you create applique fonts

 

Though these tools do not come in as many styles as computer fonts they have the advantage of being extremely easy to trace on the fusible web.

It’s important that you remember to reverse non-symmetrical designs for fusible web applique.

If working with computer fonts remember to reverse the font by placing your copy on a light box or window to trace it onto fusible web or your words will be mirror image.

If working with stencils simply flip the stencil upside down to draw on the paper side of the fusible web.

Though many letters are symmetrical others will be a mirror image when traced onto fusible web as the paper backed adhesives such as HeatnBond Feather Lite are fused to the wrong side of the fabric to be appliqued.

 

Be sure to reverse the direction of your letters for fusible web applique
Be sure to reverse the direction of your letters for fusible web applique

 

Stencils have a bridge or gap in them when drawn. This bridge is simply there to hold the stencil together.

Fill in the gap left by the bridge before cutting out applique letters.

 

Fill in the bridge left by the stencil
Fill in the bridge left by the stencil

 

As all my lettering will be one color I can fuse all my letters in one big sheet.

 

Fuse all required letters to the wrong side of your fabric
Fuse all required letters to the wrong side of your fabric

 

Roughly cut the individual letters apart, then carefully cut out each letter.

Use a pair of straight edge scissors to cut the straight lines and sharp curved embroidery scissors to cut the curved edges.

As always the smoother your curves the easier it will be to stitch the pieces.

 

Rough cut the pieces apart and then cut accurately on the drawn line
Rough cut the pieces apart and then cut accurately on the drawn line

 

Once your letters are all cut out then gently remove the paper backing and have fun placing your sentiment around the flower applique.

My banner says WELCOME SPRING.

Yours may express any sentiment you would like.

Gently fuse your letters in place for applique when you’re happy with the positioning.

 

My banner says WELCOME SPRING. Use your favorite words for your banner.
My banner says WELCOME SPRING. Use your favorite words for your banner.

 

Join me again tomorrow for Step 4 as we use decorative stitches on our sewing machines to stitch the applique pieces in place.

 

This is part 3 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 2: Fusible web applique – preparation for success

Go to part 4: Decorative stitches add detail and dimension to machine applique!

Julie Plotniko is a quilting teacher, blogger and designer from Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. Teaching for almost 40 years, recent credits include Quilt Canada 2016 and 2017, many quilt guilds and groups throughout Canada and CreativFestival Sewing and Craft Shows in Victoria, Abbotsford and Toronto. When not on the road Julie works and teaches at Snip & Stitch Sewing Center in Nanaimo, BC. Her favorite things include free motion quilting (standard bed and mid-arm machines), precision piecing, scrap quilting, machine embroidery, blogging, designing and of course teaching. Julie believes that to see a student go from tentative beginnings to having confidence in themselves and their abilities is one of the greatest rewards that life has to offer.

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