Today’s Step 2 of the Dozens of Daisies pattern for Quiltmaker‘s Back to School Party calls for fusible applique. Do you ever wonder which fusible product you should use? The answer is one of personal preference—it depends completely on you.
Fusible products come in a wide variety. They range from featherweight to heavyweight. Some are backed with paper on one or both sides and some have no paper. For these you’d use a sheet of parchment paper or a special pressing sheet to protect your iron.
Some fusible has a tacky quality so it stays put while you arrange the patches on the background. It’s a good idea to try several different types to see which works best for you.
Here’s a link to one with paper: STEAM-A-SEAM 2 FUSING WEB
Here’s a link to one without: Mistyfuse
Sometimes the heavier types adhere best to the fabric, but some very light types also hold very well. One thing is for certain: patches must always be secured to the background by sewing. Fusible just won’t adhere over time without stitching, nor will it hold if an item is laundered.
The securing stitches can be decorative, such as a blanket stitch by hand or machine as shown above. They can be invisible when sewn with monofilament.
Or they can be somewhere in between. The stitches can be straight or zigzag in matching or contrasting thread. Using variegated thread to secure fused patches adds another design element. Use your imagination and the sky’s the limit.
Some fusibles make the fabric stiff. Whether this is a good or a bad thing depends on your project. If you’re making a baby quilt, stiffness won’t make for a cozy blankie. But if you’re making three-dimensional leaves to embellish an art quilt, stiffness might be just what you’re after.
Here’s a handy tip to reduce the amount of fusible in your project if you don’t want to add stiffness. This works with paper-backed products.
Let’s say you need to fuse a red circle to a background. You draw or trace the circle onto the paper like this.
Then ordinarily you would iron the entire circle to the back of the red fabric as shown below. You would cut on the line and peel off the paper to have a fusible red circle.
Cut out the circle on the drawn line. You have fusible around the circle’s edges but none in the middle. Easy peasy! Below are the patches I just made. On the left is the circle with fusible covering the entire thing. On the right is the “lite” version—you can see it has much less fusible.
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Please come back next week for more tips and tricks, the remaining parts of Dozens of Daisies, and lots of fabric giveaways during Quiltmaker‘s Back to School Party.