First Crack at Applique

21 Feb

Regularly scheduled Block-A-Palooza updates are on hold until I can get past block #8. When I saw it on Thursday and it included applique I almost had a heart attack. I have never done any applique at all.

This weekend I decided I should just get started and see where I end up. I knew I needed fusible web so I headed off to the store to pick some up. While there my mother-in-law must have taken pity on my repeated seam ripping because she bought me a new seam ripper:

Feb 21 2011 (1 of 4)

I also left with the requisite interfacing for getting block #8 done:

Feb 21 2011 (2 of 4)

I looked up some tutorials online and found this one from Elizabeth Hartman on Sew Mama Sew. It did a good job of going over the basics. I filled in a few blanks with this one from Sew Like my Mom.

I found some scraps in my garbage and make my first attempt:

Feb 21 2011 (3 of 4)

Uhh yeah, not too pretty. I had a hard time judging how close to the edge I was and need some practice getting around the corners.

After that I cut out the appliques for block 8 and fused them in place:

Feb 21 2011 (4 of 4)

I think I will practice more before I actually sew them on, and I might just pick up a needle and thread and do it by hand.

One Response to “First Crack at Applique”

  1. Debbie February 23, 2011 at 9:59 AM #

    Even though you are new to applique, your block looks great! Do you have a buttonhole stitch on your machine? I find that works well for applique – still a little tricky around the corners – I’m still working on technique too!!
    (fyi, block 9 went together really fast!)

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