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Fusing applique shapes with HeatnBond Featherlite: Light AND strong!

by Jean Boyd

Hello! Yesterday I showed you how to prepare the applique pieces for Fish #2 and Fish #3 for the ‘Something Fish wall quilt’, using Odif 606 Iron on Adhesive for fabric and Odif 404 Repositionable Craft Adhesive. Today, we’ll use a HeatnBond Featherlite 1yd piece of fusible web. This is the same product we used for Fish #1, but it comes in a piece 17″ wide by 36″ long. If you have a lot of applique pieces to trace, itʼs sometimes more economical to use this larger size sheet.

HeatnBond Feather Lite is a lightweight iron-on adhesive that has a strong bond without adding extra weight or stiffness to a project. The solid sheet adhesive and paper-backing allow you to draw or trace your designs and then easily cut them out. Once applied, you can easily sew through the HeatnBond Feather Lite, making it ideal for multi-layer appliques, quilting, home decor, wearables and much more.

Fish #4 

Trace the applique shapes for Fish #4, from the PDF file, on HeatnBond Featherlite fusible web. These shapes are reversed for use with the HeatnBond Featherlite.

Pattern for Fish #4 and applique shapes traced on HeatnBond Featherlite fusible web

Shapes for Fish #4 traced on HeatnBond Featherlite fusible web

Place the shapes, shiny (fusible) side down, on the wrong side of the desired fabrics.

Applique shapes for the Fish #4 design are placed on the wrong sides of purple, gold, black and white fabric; HeatnBond Featherlite Iron-On adhesive 1yd

Shapes ready to cut out

Press the paper shapes to the wrong side of the fabric, using medium heat and no steam, for about 2 seconds. The full directions for using the HeatnBond Featherlite fusible web are on the back of the package.

Cut out each shape following the printed lines. Remove the paper liner from the back of each shape. To help remove the paper liner, use a straight pin to score the paper.

Paper backing is scored with a straight pin to make it easier to remove the paper lining from the applique shapes. Gold shapes shown on blue water-like fabric; HeatnBond Featherlite Iron-On adhesive 1yd

Use a pin to help remove the paper liner.

Using the diagram of the finished block as a guide, place the shapes on an applique pressing sheet or piece of parchment paper.

Press gently, just to secure each shape.

Shapes for Fish #4 in gold and purple fabrics are assembled on a piece of white parchment paper.

Fish #4 assembled on a piece of parchment paper

Lift the whole fish shape from the pressing sheet or parchment paper, and place it on the 17½” x 7″ background fabric.

Press and hold the iron for 6 seconds on each section, until the entire piece is bonded to the background fabric.

Assembled Fish #4 shapes in gold and purple fabrics are pressed on the turquoise background fabric.

Fish #4 pressed on the background fabric

Now you know how wonderful HeatnBond Featherlite iron-on adhesive is for applique. Please join me again tomorrow on QUILTsocial to learn different ways to finish the edges of the applique, sew the blocks together and add borders to create you own special ‘Something Fishy’ wall quilt!

This is part 4 of 5 in this series

Go back to part 3: 2 MORE ways to applique: Get it right with Odif adhesive sprays

Go to part 5: Stitch, trim, sew: Final steps to making the ‘Something Fishy’ wall quilt


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