QM Tips: Keep Fusible Applique Soft

QMMS 140042 cover 200 QM Tips: Keep Fusible Applique SoftGarden Waltz is a quilt designed by Nancy Mahoney and patterned in Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Spring ’14 edition.

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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.

Nancy Mahoney 1 300x174 QM Tips: Keep Fusible Applique Soft

 

Cut the fusible 1/4″ away from both sides of the traced line.

Nancy Mahoney 2 300x174 QM Tips: Keep Fusible Applique Soft

 

Position and fuse to the back of the fabric band as shown below.

Nancy Mahoney 3 300x192 QM Tips: Keep Fusible Applique Soft

 

Cut on the marked line.

Nancy Mahoney 4 300x172 QM Tips: Keep Fusible Applique Soft

 

Peel away the paper and fuse in place on the quilt. Sew a blanket stitch around the outside of the applique.

Nancy Mahoney 5 300x160 QM Tips: Keep Fusible Applique Soft

 

Trim the background fabric from behind the applique, being very careful not to cut into the applique patch.

Nancy Mahoney 6 300x258 QM Tips: Keep Fusible Applique Soft

 

This reduces the bulk in your quilt and keeps the applique soft and pliable.

Nancy Mahoney 7 300x180 QM Tips: Keep Fusible Applique Soft

Many quilters use this method to reduce stiffness in their applique projects. Give it a try and see if it works for you.

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3 Responses to QM Tips: Keep Fusible Applique Soft

  1. Lyn Kaufmann says:

    This quilt is lovely. The fuse able makes it look so easy! Thanks.

  2. Barb Johnson says:

    I’ve been hesitant to use fusible web for applique because it can gum up the needle. Have you had any problems with the two products you mention causing this issue?

    • Peg Spradlin says:

      No, Barb, I haven’t had any problems with gumming of the needle with the mentioned products. I think the fusible companies are working hard at making their products “gum” free. But to be sure, check the instructions on the fusible before buying.

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