Creating A Canvas for Your Next Applique Project

A single piece of fabric is a great canvas for your next appliqueing project…But it isn’t your only choice.

6 cretive ways and ideas to make a background for your next applique project

I want to offer you a few ideas to create an artistic canvas with your fabric leftovers

  1. Strips of Fabric in assorted colors and styles

  2. The Abstract Floral Quilt

    The background for this quilt with strips of fabrics. These were random colors and widths.
    After the strips were sewn together I cut blocks from them and created a large enough piece for my applique design.

    Scrap Fabric used in an art quilt that blends the primitive with the traditional
    Modern Art quilt by Adele Mogavero of Del~Lillian’s

  3. Using Black and White
  4. Black and White Strips of Fabric are a perfect background for colorful large print fabrics. The appliques are from a large-scale rose print fabric and machine appliqued in place.

    Finished table runner
    Table Runner using Rose Print Fabric and Machine Applique.

  5. Squares of Neutral Tones
  6. Medium sized squares of Neutral tones make up the background for the Modern Floral Quilt
    Squares of neutral tones make the canvas for this large scale floral applique

  7. Big Blocks
  8. Large squares of a several tone on tone fabrics were used to create the background for the machine appliqued versions on the modern floral quilt.
    Large Squares are used to create the background for this large appliqued Flower

  9. Lots of different sized blocks
  10. a variety of squares in different sizes were used to create this canvas
    a work in progress 🙂

  11. Convergence Quilts!

  12. Convergence quilts are fun to make, an adventure, and can make a great backdrop for you next appliqued project.
    convergence quilts make are a unique and modern approach for an applique background

These are just a few ideas for an appliqued canvas background.

Try something new and creative for your next appliqueing project.
I know you’ll love the results!

Happy Appliqueing and Quilting!

Adele, Blogging the Creative Life

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