5 Helpful Hints for Machine Applique I’d like to share with you.
A Bit about this Sampler Quilt
- It is made with the Holiday Happenings Fabric Line from Island Batik
- It was designed and made for the Island Batik Christmas in July Challenge
- It is machine quilted in a free spirited style with Fantastico Thread from Superior Threads
- Including the appliqued blocks, there are 12 different Block designs
- Sashing Blocks Include
- Flying Geese
- Half square triangles
- Four patch
- Strips settings
- It was designed in EQ7The applique technique is machine applique
- The most difficult block is the Whirling Star – which I have named the quilt block from hell 🙂
- I listened to Christmas music while making this quilt
Machine applique is fun and a quicker approach then hand or needle-turn applique.
I like the look of both; each have their place.
For this, Island Batik Christmas Sampler Quilt, Machine Applique is ideal!
Helpful Hints for Easy Machine Applique
- If your machine allows, have your needle set in the down position.
This will allow you to adjust the foot without manually finding your place again.
- For circles or outside curves.
- Work in a clockwise direction
- When adjusting for the curve, have your needle down on the Outside, the right of the circle. Your needle will be in the background fabric
- Work in a counter clockwise direction
- Have your needle in the down position on the left or inside. Your needle will be on the fabric that is being appliqued)
About Stitch Width: I prefer a very narrow and closely stitched satin stitch to cover the raw edges of the applique.
When you find the stitch you like, jot it down. That way the next time you come back to the project you have that information.
I know with my sewing machine when you turn if off, it reverts back to all of it’s default settings.
I love sampler quilts
- Remember the UFO’s?
I get bored easily – especially with a large project that has a gazillion of the same blocks.
- Now with a sampler Quilt – It’s just somethin’ new everyday!
- And with the million’s of variations of blocks, well there isn’t any reason to get bored!
Speaking of Sampler Quilts
You’ll be seeing two, all new Sampler Quilt Projects, in the upcoming months.
- The First is part of my Scrap Fabric Sampler Quilt Challenge – a free quilter’s challenge coming to your email box soon (as long as you sign up!) You can sign up for my newsletter and be one of the first to know when it’s available.
- The Second Sampler will make it’s debut during the August Island Batik Blog Hop
Next week: that promised talk about the Whirling Star Block aka “the block from hell!” It really isn’t that bad 🙂 and a few other surprises.
Adele, Creative Domestic Engineer
Christmas In July Projects from the Island Batik Ambassadors