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For trouble-free machine applique use WonderFil DecoBob Prewound Bobbins

For trouble-free machine applique use WonderFil DecoBob Prewound Bobbins

by Paul Leger

Our WonderFil journey continues! Yesterday, I demonstrated how strong the thread is in WonderFil DecoBob Prewound Bobbins by making a foundation pieced block.

Today, I’m going to continue the project and machine applique using DecoBob thread.

Ten stacks of WonderFil DecoBob Prewound Bobbins in multiple colors.

WonderFil DecoBob Prewound Bobbins

After I left you yesterday, I made more foundation pieced blocks and made some nine patch blocks, assembled the blocks together, and added a 3” border.

A red and white quilt top made of 5 nine patch blocks and 4 foundation piecing blocks. The 9 block quilt has a 3" red border. WonderFil DecoBob Prewound Bobbins.

The quilt top is ready for applique

I had a few applique ideas I wanted to try with this piece. When it came time to put my ideas into practice, sadly, none worked. Frustrated, I struggled to come up with a workable solution.

While trying to come up with a new idea, I found a piece of scrap fabric from another project and just tried it out for the fun of it. Wouldn’t you know it? It worked! I found the other pieces of scrap and voila, I had what was needed to complete the project.

Applique pieces are added to the quilt top border to give the quilt a framed look. WonderFil DecoBob Prewound Bobbins.

Quilt top framed with an applique border

If you need a refresher on using fusible web, please check out one of my earlier blog posts on QUILTsocial.

To download the template for the applique border click on the picture below.

Before you start sewing your applique by machine, remember to place an embroidery stabilizer of your choice. I prefer a lightweight, tear-away stabilizer when working on applique.

Applique border template, click on the picture to download PDF

Applique border template, click on the picture to download PDF

Sewing a double blind hem stitch to secure the applique piece in place. WonderFil DecoBob Prewound Bobbins.

A double blind hem stitch secures the applique piece in place

Using a double-blind hem stitch, applique the edge of the pieces to be attached. I used WonderFil 50wt Tutti Wood Rose #32 for the top thread, and a DecoBob prewound bobbin for the bottom thread.

As you can see both threads worked well together. The bobbin thread has the strength to bring the top thread down.

A section of the applique with the blanket stitching completed. WonderFil DecoBob Prewound Bobbins.

Applique stitching on the border

See how trouble-free it is to use  WonderFil DecoBob Prewound Bobbins as your bobbin thread when you machine quilt?

Now that I’ve completed the quilt top, the next step is to quilt it.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post when I’ll complete this project using WonderFil threads!

This is part 4 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 3: Durable foundation piecing with WonderFil’s DecoBob thread

Go to part 5: Machine quilting with the strength of WonderFil DecoBob Prewound Bobbins



sabiha shaikh April 4, 2017 - 11:52 pm

very informative. thank you.

Paul Leger
Paul Leger April 5, 2017 - 6:35 pm

You’re very welcome

Cathy April 4, 2017 - 9:50 am

Looks easy to do will have to try it

Paul Leger
Paul Leger April 5, 2017 - 6:36 pm

you will enjoy it

Allison April 3, 2017 - 1:18 pm

Love how this applique looks – nice stitching!!

lee March 30, 2017 - 9:06 pm

Love that double blink hem stitch!

Paul Leger
Paul Leger March 31, 2017 - 10:19 am

lee, It is my go to machine appliqué stitch,


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