Thursday, April 26, 2012

Flower Power Applique

I've definitely got my girly groove on this week, as I play with pretty applique flowers and leaves...


Wanting to make a completely fun piece that celebrated the return of Spring, I decided to make an appliqued flower table runner.


There are so many ways to do applique, from needle-turned to raw edge to fusible cut-outs, (just to name some) but for this piece I decided to use the freezer paper method. I suppose there are lots of versions to using freezer paper in applique, but for anyone unfamiliar with it, this is how I do it... 


First make a template of the shape from card-stock. Then, simply trace around the template onto the dull side of freezer paper and cut the shape out. Iron the shiny side of the freezer paper to the back of your fabric and cut it out adding a 1/4" allowance of fabric.



Turn the 1/4" allowance to the back, (clip curves if need be) and tack it down using matching thread and very tiny stitches placed as close to the folded edge as possible. Press each shape with a hot iron and remove the paper. Press again for good measure. A bit of spray starch can also come in handy in keeping everything crisp and nice.


Here are some flowers and leaves all ready to go!


I've gotten everything stitched and quilted, now I just need to bind it and wash it, (I like to wash most of my finished pieces to enhance the quilting texture). Of course, once It's finished I'll come back and show you the whole runner! 

25 comments:

Leslie said...

that is such amazing tiny, perfect quilting....wow!

Carolyn S. said...

Thanks for the technique, I've never done applique before. I might try it out. You do love your Grunge fabrics. I like them a lot as well.

nicolette at dutchcomfort said...

I love your modern improv pieces, but I really enjoy seeing you are revisiting all sorts of quilting techniques. Your appliqued shapes and quilting are beautiful!

Amy said...

Wow! Your quilting stitches are so beautiful! I'd show lots of close-ups of mine too if it looked like yours. Can't wait to see the finished project.

Amy said...

I'm also really liking how your commenters avatars all coordinate (so far anyhow!). :)

Candied Fabrics said...

ooh, so pretty! I love the quilting in the center of the flowers!

Kim said...

Beautiful! Then the pieces are all ready to machine applique? I prepare my pieces the same way but then just hand applique.....your stitches look so lovely, even and perfectly placed. Can't wait to see the finished runner.

Happy Sewing

Kit Lang said...

that looks great and thanks for the tute! I didn't know this method!

em's scrapbag said...

Very springy. Love all your quilting. Really a beautiful piece.

Nifty Quilts said...

I like your freezer paper method--taking the paper out before sewing the flower on. Thanks! Pretty piece too.

Esch House Quilts said...

Thanks for sharing your method. Love the grunge fabrics and the quilting on the applique pieces.

shellysquilts said...

Hey Victoria, Beautifully done! (As always.) I wash everything once I'm done too. It makes the quilting sing! Have a great weekend!

GerryART said...

I use this method also.
Love your colors for Spring!
hugs

Kati from Kati's Quilting said...

The quilt looks adorable! I love the applique and the shared technique, I've never tried it before so separate thanks for that! :) Can't wait to see the washed product!

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Gorgeous appliqué and I love the quilting!

Diane J. Evans said...

Your machine quilting is luscious -- I think your "girlie" side is as talented as all your OTHER sides. This looks like it was such fun to create.

Diane

Sarah said...

Hi Victoria, I was just wondering at what point in the process you remove the freezer paper and also, whether you leave the tacking stitches in when you appliqué the piece down. Cheers Sarah

Victoria said...

Thanks everyone for your nice comments, as always much appreciated!

Kim, yes, the pieces are all ready to be either machine or hand appliqued down.

Sarah, I remove the freezer paper after the final pressing... then the pieces are ready to be appliqued down. The very tiny basting stitches are done right at the very edge, so often they don't even catch the freezer paper, making it very easy to remove. (The freezer paper really just acts as a template to form the fabric shape around, it's amazing how easy the fabric folds right at the paper's edge.)

And yes, I keep those tiny stitches in when I machine applique, as they are barely noticeable. For hand applique I sometimes leave them in and sometimes take them out as I go along. If I know in advance that I will be taking them out, I'll make them larger so I can remove them easier.

Corinnea said...

So spring, so pretty. You always inspire!

ozjane said...

Looking good...I have some whisper fuse 'stuff' that is new to try out and am tempted to do something a bit like yours but raw edge....need to start sewing something after an inspirational workshop that our group did last week...or that ones that had the energy to take machines did.

Pippa said...

Gorgeous! I've never done this kind of applique-- I love how you added those decorative stitches around the edges.

stitchinglife said...

Interesting method; the flowers look lovely.

Septiembre said...

Que bonito.

gothic victorian dresses said...

These are so beautiful!
Great inspiration!

Edite Schreiner said...

Good instru tions ! I go
to make