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Turned-edge applique made easy with Apliquick!

Apliquick is an innovative set of tools for turned-edge applique. I first encountered this method in the fall of 2013 at International Quilt Festival in Houston. After watching the demo, I was so captivated that I immediately bought a set. Turned-edge applique made easy with Apliquick method, but what really impressed me was the accuracy and unprecedented detail that could be achieved. Check out these turned-edge circles – they’re less than 3/16” in diameter!

Tiny turned-edge circles
Tiny turned-edge circles

 

 

Here’s how it works. Trace each applique shape onto light-weight fusible interfacing.

Trace shape onto interfacing
Trace shape onto interfacing

 

 

Cut out the interfacing on the marked line. For large shapes like these, you can conserve interfacing and soften the applique by cutting out the inside of the shape about a half-inch from the traced line.

Cut out interfacing
Cut out interfacing

 

 

Iron the interfacing shape onto the wrong side of the applique fabric.

Iron interfacing to wrong side of fabric
Iron interfacing to wrong side of fabric

 

 

Cut out the fabric leaving a quarter-inch seam allowance.

Cut out applique fabric
Cut out applique fabric

 

 

Clip the seam allowance at inside points.

Clip inside points
Clip inside points

 

 

Apply water-soluble glue to the seam allowance then turn under the seam allowance using the Apliquick rods. These tools provide excellent control and dexterity: one has a forked end for gripping the fabric; the other has a flat tapered end for easily and accurately turning the seam allowance.

Glue and turn seam allowance
Glue and turn seam allowance

 

 

Want to see the Apliquick tools in action? Here’s a quick demo.

 

 

 

The prepared patches can be stitched to the background by hand or by machine. The interfacing works as a template and a stabilizer, yet it is soft and light-weight so there’s no need to remove it.

Turned-edge shape
Turned-edge shape

 

 

You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to achieve outstanding results with these innovative new tools! Want to know more about turned-edge applique made easy with Apliquick? Come back tomorrow for instructions to make this block and assemble nine blocks into a scrappy wall or throw quilt.

Apliquick Practice Block
Apliquick Practice Block

 

Kathy is a multiple international-award winning quilter specializing in appliqué techniques in a “contemporary traditional” style. She lectures and teaches all over the country at guilds, shops and quilt shows and is a CQA/ACC Certified Quilt Judge. Her work has been featured in magazines, and her designs are available as individual patterns as well as in her book “Sewflakes: Papercut Appliqué Quilts”.

1 Comment

  1. Allison CB

    Great method! Good clear directions!

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