Garden Waltz is a quilt designed by Nancy Mahoney and patterned in Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Spring ’14 edition.
It’s a beautiful quilt with some really eye-catching applique. The large applique patches can become stiff, though, if you apply fusible web behind the full applique patch. One way around this is to use a very light weight fusible such as Shades SoftFuse Premium or Mistyfuse.
You also can try this:
Instead of applying the fusible to the back of the green/black bands as instructed in the magazine, trace template D on the paper side of fusible web.
Cut the fusible 1/4″ away from both sides of the traced line.
Position and fuse to the back of the fabric band as shown below.
Cut on the marked line.
Peel away the paper and fuse in place on the quilt. Sew a blanket stitch around the outside of the applique.
Trim the background fabric from behind the applique, being very careful not to cut into the applique patch.
This reduces the bulk in your quilt and keeps the applique soft and pliable.
Many quilters use this method to reduce stiffness in their applique projects. Give it a try and see if it works for you.