I have been in love with appliqué almost from the beginning. My second ever quilt had appliqué on it. It was Quiltmaker’s Starbear & Friends quilt. As a matter of fact, I loved this pattern so much I made it 5 times!
I know many quilters are put off my anything to do with handwork. I was too at first. What really got me going with applique was learning the starch and press technique. In this method you prepare all your applique shapes before you sew them to your quilt. That way you aren’t struggling to turn your seam allowances under while you stitch. I’m planning a few blog posts on this but I wanted to start off with my basic supplies. If you want to learn more you can check out the Fancy Flowers Quilt Along.
First off, you need heat resistant template plastic. I like Templar from Heirloom Stitches.
You will also need some type of starch. Spray starch or sizing work great but I am really sensitive to smells so I use Sta-Flo. I buy the big bottle and dilute it to make my starch.
The other thing I can’t live without is a good stencil brush.
In the next few weeks I will be showing some of the simple techniques I use to make applique both beautiful and fun. Stay tuned!