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Preparing applique shapes for machine applique

Yesterday you sewed your strips together using decorative stitching on the Brother Luminaire Innov-ís XP1. There are so many decorative stitches to choose from on the Brother Luminaire, you could spend hours playing with them!

 

Making an attractive wall quilt this week using the Brother Luminaire Innov-ís XP1. There are so many decorative stitches to choose from on the Brother Luminaire, you could spend hours playing with them!

 

Now it’s time to cut the background pieces for the applique shapes. I like to cut the backgrounds a little bigger than required and then trim them to size after the shapes have been appliqued.

Cut the following from black background fabric

2 — 10″ x 8″

2 — 11″ x 9″

1 — 12″ x 10″

1 — 12″ x 11″

Templates for the applique shapes

  • Click on the leaf applique shapes.
  • Print the shapes on a piece of paper.
  • Cut out the paper shapes leaving about ⅛” around the outside edges.
  • Lightly glue the paper shapes to a sheet of template plastic.

 

Glue paper shapes to template plastic.

 

  • Cut out the template plastic on the printed lines.
  • Cut along the center line on each shape to make 2 templates for each leaf.
  • Number the plastic templates.

 

Cut each leaf shape template into 2 pieces.

 

  • Following the manufacturer’s instructions, press a piece of fusible web to the back of each fabric strip set.

 

Fuse a piece of fusible web to the back of the strip set.

 

  • Trace 2 of each leaf shape on the fusible web. You can reverse some shapes for more variety if you wish.
  • Place the shapes on an angle for a more interesting design.

 

Trace around the templates on the fusible web.

 

  • Cut out each shape on the drawn lines.
  • Carefully remove the paper backing from the fusible web, one shape at a time, as you need it. I like to use a pin or needle to score the paper backing, making it easier to remove.
  • A thin layer of fusible web will remain on the fabric.
  • Place the leaf shapes as desired on the background fabrics. I left a little of the background fabric showing so it looked like a leaf vein. You can mix and match shapes from different strip sets for added variety.
  • When you’re satisfied with the placement of the shapes, fuse them in place, following the manufacturer’s directions.

 

Cut out the leaf shapes and fuse them to the background fabric.

 

Come back tomorrow to see how to use decorative stitches on the Brother Luminaire Innov-ís XP1 to finish the applique shapes.

 

This is part 3 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 2: Sewing seams using decorative stitches?

Go to part 4: Machine applique the Brother Luminaire way

Jean has been designing and publishing patterns since 1997. For the past 10 years she has been designing patterns for new fabric collections by Northcott Fabrics. Her work has been published in several magazines in both Canada and the United States. Jean holds a Fiber Arts Certificate in quilting and has taught extensively throughout Canada, including six national Quilt Canada conferences. She was named "Canadian Teacher of the Year" in 2003 by the Canadian Quilters Association and has won numerous awards for her quilts.

4 Comments

  1. Delaine

    Thank you for the awesome tutorial. This will make applique preparation a whole lot easier. Thanks!

    • Thanks Delaine. Glad you found the tutorial on QUILTsocial useful!

  2. MaryBeth Little

    I’m following this with great interest. You always have such good tutorials. Thank!

    • Thanks Mary Beth. Glad you are enjoying the tutorials!

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