How Unique fabric glue stick can help your applique work by Nancy Devine October 13, 2016 written by Nancy Devine October 13, 2016 831 Welcome back to QUILTsocial as we continue our sewing work on the Autumn Harmony wall quilt. We’ve created all the elements for the quilt — four branches, eight leaves and 19 berries. Now it’s time to put it all together. This quilt began life as a doodle on a scrap of paper. I find it easier to draw on a small scale. I enlarged the doodle on a photocopier until it was almost to scale and then I colored with pencil crayons. I used this drawing to guide my layout. You can use my layout or use one that is more pleasing to you. Unique fabric glue stick and several well-placed pins will ensure the bias branches curve properly. Start by adding the bias branches. These can be encouraged to bend because they’re cut on the bias. Use Unique fabric glue stick to temporarily position the branches into a curve. I turned the raw edges under and use a glue stick to secure this tiny hem. Pin the branches into place. Once they’re in place, pin the leaves and the berries in place. Using one strand of thread in a contrasting color, baste all the elements to the quilted base. Since the hand stitching will take several days, and much movement in and out of a quilting hoop, thread basting seemed a better option than spray basting. If you prefer to machine applique the elements, spray basting will work just fine. Stitch the appliques to the quilted base using a tiny applique stitch in co-ordinating silk thread colors. When stitching the appliques, use a tiny applique stitch and try to keep an even tension. This will help avoid puckers in the finished product. You’ll also notice that the applique stitches show on the back of the wall quilt. Don’t fret. No one will ever see them. It will be on a wall. The colors are so vibrant, who cares what’s on the back? Tomorrow, we’ll walk through finishing up our fanciful fall wall hanging. See you then. This is part 4 of 5 in this series. Go back to part 3: How to make needle turn applique easier Print this page or save as a PDF 0Qs125autumn wall quiltbias branchesnancy devineunique fabric glue stick FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinRedditWhatsappTelegramEmail Nancy Devine Nancy Devine is a self-confessed craft-crazed blogger. She is a regular contributor to A Needle Pulling Thread Magazine, one of the administrators for The Craft Café, a Facebook page devoted to the international sharing of the creative life, and a curator of an impressive collection of fabrics, notions and seam rippers. In her spare time, she wrangles dust bunnies and writes a blog called Nancy Dee Needleworks. Understandably, her house is a mess. previous post How to make needle turn applique easier next post How to create an embroidered quilt label using your sewing machine YOU MAY ALSO LIKE... The trick to quilting for texture | Double... Create texture with thread painting and invisible thread... How to applique houses and landscapes with HeatnBond HeatnBond EZ Print Lite makes printing out applique... Quilt a table topper for all seasons –... An easy way to make an embroidered wall... 7 simple steps to lovely wool applique |... How to transfer designs to fabric | DMC... 6 easy steps to add glamour to your... 3 comments Jenn Ward November 5, 2016 - 12:47 pm I was unaware there was such a product. I will search for the fabric glue sticks here in Canada to make my projects much easier. Reply Carla A. Canonico November 5, 2016 - 12:50 pm Hi Jenn, you should try your local Fabricland or quilt and sewing stores. Reply Elizabeth October 15, 2016 - 1:40 am I was interested to see your use of glue sticks in applique work. I have used them myself with my grand daughter when putting togetter her 1st quilt at 6 yrs old. Reply Leave a Comment Cancel Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.