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Hip, hip hooray – it’s applique day!!

Now that we have our table runners all quilted, it’s time to prepare our applique shapes so that we can try out our new couching skills!! First thing we need to do is trace the leaf shape below onto the paper side of your fusible web three times. Leave about ½” between each of the shapes.

Trimming and ironing your applique shapes

Cut apart your three fusible web leaf shapes (leaving about ¼” around the shape) and iron them to the back of the three fabrics you chose for your leaves.

Wonder under shape ironed to back of leaf fabric
Wonder under shape ironed to back of leaf fabric

 

 

 

Once the shapes are cool, cut out the shapes along the drawn lines and peel off the paper backing.

Cutting the applique shapes
Cutting the applique shapes

 

 

 

Arrange and stitch

Lay your fabric leaf shapes onto your quilted table runner and move them around until you like the arrangement. Iron them in place, following the fusible web’s manufacturer’s directions.

Placing the applique shapes on the quilt top
Placing the applique shapes on the quilt top

 

 

 

Getting ready to stitch 

Now that your shapes are secured, you need to decide which threads you will use to stitch them down. Instead of using a blanket stitch on the edges, we are going to couch some Dazzle threads along each raw edge to secure and embellish the leaf applique. For my first green leaf I decided to do two threads of green Dazzle couched with the black and white variegated Mirage thread. I’ve still got the Deco-Bob in the bobbin. I tied the two green threads together with a knot and then laid them along the edge of the leaf. Like with the stitch-outs I held all of the thread ends (Mirage, Dazzle and Deco-Bob) in my left hand while I used a short straight stitch to secure the beginning of my stitching. Now we are going to zig zag over the Dazzle thread along the edge of the applique until we get to a point.

Placing the threads on the edge of the applique shape
Placing the threads on the edge of the applique shape

 

 

 

Let’s get right to the point

If your machine has a needle down position, make sure that you are using it. When you get to the tip of the leaf, put your needle down on the edge of the appliqué shape, raise your foot and turn your table runner around on the bed of the machine. Have the Dazzle thread go around the BACK of the needle and put your foot back down again. Start stitching and the point of your appliqué shape should still look nice and sharp. Do this on all of the points of the leaf.

Turning the corners - Dazzle thread is wrapped around the BACK of the needle
Turning the corners – Dazzle thread is wrapped around the BACK of the needle

 

 

 

How to end your stitching

As you approach the spot when you started your couching stitches, pull the knotted end of the Dazzle threads to the side and keep stitching until you have just covered the stitches at the beginning.

Stitching the end of the couched threads
Stitching the end of the couched threads

 

 

 

Use a short straight stitch to go forwards and back a couple times to secure the thread ends and them removed the table runner from the machine. Using small, sharp scissors trim away the excess threads from the top and back of the table runner. Repeat this same process to secure the other two appliqué shapes.

Clipping the thread ends
Clipping the thread ends

 

 

 

Closeup of the joined ends
Closeup of the joined ends

 

 

 

Our next steps

Tomorrow we will finish up our table runner by trimming and binding, but for today just step back and enjoy your machine applique successes!

I have been designing and publishing quilt patterns for the last 16 years under the business name Fairfield Road Designs. My patterns range from fusible applique and piecing to felted wool applique and punchneedle. You can see all of patterns on my website www.fairfieldroaddesigns.com.

1 Comment

  1. Michele T

    This is so lovely!!! I am searching for a perfect gift idea for my aunt who is celebrating 85 years next month and I think I found something that she would love!!

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