Layering Flowers Tutorial | Invisible Machine Applique

July 06, 2019 3 Comments

Layering Flowers Tutorial | Invisible Machine Applique

Tutorial Invisible Machine Applique | Sharon Keightley Quilts

While sewing the flowers on the border of the Feathered Star Quilt, I thought it would be great to share my method

Here are the steps I used to complete the flower and stitch it in place.

For each flower shape, use freezer paper templates and iron the edges over the freezer paper. You can find more detailed instructions about this in my e-book Applique! Creating and Stitching here

There are two types of flowers in the border, I will start the Tutorials with the Pink and Red Daisy flowers. The first layer are the pink petals. I traced the pattern of the flower onto tracing paper. You can use anything that you can see through. Placing the tracing paper pattern over the background fabric, I placed the first layer of pink petals. Then stitched them in place with an invisible zig zag stitch, using monofilament thread.  This is also covered in more detail in my e-book, Applique! Creating and Stitching.                                                                  

Tutorial Invisible Machine Applique | Sharon Keightley Quilts

Then I pulled the freezer paper template out from inside the petals. I find tweezers are great for pulling them out. Then I placed the traced pattern on top again and used it as a guide to add the second layer underneath, which is the red petals. 

Tutorial Invisible Machine Applique | Sharon Keightley Quilts

Stitching them in place in the same manner, and taking out the freezer paper templates as before.

Tutorial Invisible Machine Applique | Sharon Keightley Quilts

 Then the third layer, which is the brown fabric inner part of the flower. Use the traced pattern and stitch in place. You can either sew most of the way around the flower then remove the freezer paper template, then finish stitching the rest of the flower down. Or stitch the complete flower and trim a little of the background fabric away to release the freezer paper template.

Tutorial Invisible Machine Applique | Sharon Keightley Quilts

Then the fourth layer is the yellow fabric circle, place and stitch in the same manner to complete the flower. 

 Tutorial Invisible Machine Applique | Sharon Keightley Quilts

I am making great progress on the borders of my Feathered Star Quilt, and hope to have them completed soon. You can read about the Feathered Star quilt and the applique borders here.

I hope you have enjoyed my little Tutorial

Happy Stitching

Sharon

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3 Responses

Sharon Keightley
Sharon Keightley

July 26, 2019

Hi Sharon
Thank you for your comment, to answer your question, there are a few brands of washaway paper that I use. C & T washaway applique sheets, Floriani have one too and its a bit softer, Hugs and Kisses is another soft brand. To be honest with you I like the paper to be reasonably firm to sew against and find the softer papers fold too easily during the gluing and turning process. Although you should try for yourself to see what you prefer. There are probable more brands that I have not yet tried, as living in New Zealand we are limited to the range of products available.
The other thing I do if the applique shape is large, I cut the center out of the paper and just use the outside edge of the paper so I have something to turn the edges against. This is something I learned when doing raw edge applique with steam a seam as then it makes the applique much softer.
I hope this helps.

Sharon Parrott
Sharon Parrott

July 26, 2019

I’m sorry, I didn’t see anywhere to ask this, but you mentioned you used wash away stabilizer. Could you tell a brand that washes out well? Really don’t like stiff Applique. It’s the technique I love most. TIA Sharon

Ruth E Wetzel
Ruth E Wetzel

July 15, 2019

Beautiful flowers and stitching !

Glad to hear from you and your work.
I too love the nine patches.
Keep up the wonderful stitches.
Ruth

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