We’ve been working on a secret project for a little while and I’m so glad to introduce you to it today! Quiltmaker’s new applique sheets completely eliminate the need to trace and cut your applique designs, plus they dispense the confusion sometimes caused by reversing designs for fusible.
The first set of designs that will be available on QuiltandSewShop.com as Self-Cutting Applique Sheets™ are the flowers from Spring Bouquet in our May/June ’11 issue. Select your style: fusible (exact size) or turned-edge (with 3/16″ added to the design). Next up will be a set of Self-Cutting Applique Sheets™ with all of the designs in 100 Blocks Volume 3 (on sale May 10).
- Simply iron the design to the right side of the fabric (fusible webbing should be applied to the wrong side of the fabric first for fusible applique)
- Let the fabric sit for 6-8 hours
- Gently punch out the applique shapes
It couldn’t be simpler! Each applique sheet can be ironed up to 10 times, which makes it very economical too.
How does it work? We worked with a chemical printing company that created a specially-formulated acid ink that essentially eats through the fabric at the point of application. The acid ink transfers with heat, and then over time creates a perforation in the fabric along the lines where it’s adhered to the surface. Be sure not to layer fabrics after ironing the design to it—the acid ink can eat through more than one layer of fabric. If the shapes don’t punch out easily, let the fabric sit longer. There is only .007% acid in the ink, so it’s perfectly safe for most people. (Although if you have sensitive skin, you may wish to use protective gloves when handling.)
Tell me in the comments what you think and let me know if there are other quilting products you’d like to see Quiltmaker develop. Be sure to tell all your quilty friends—and have a really fun day.