Creating applique flowers for the Adelicia sampler quilt. The applique method I like to use is turned edge and invisibly sewn by machine. It looks the same as if it were sewn by hand and I love doing my applique this way.
This is my process for making the flower on the Adelicia sampler quilt.
Start by cutting all the shapes needed from freezer paper.
Pin the freezer paper to the fabric with the shinny side facing upwards, cut the fabric with an approximate 1/4 inch seam allowance. Turn the edges over the freezer paper with an awl and seal in place with an iron.
Take a look at this video for more about my process.
Stitch in place using a very fine zig zag stitch. My thread of choice is 80 weight Aurifil thread in colour matching applique shapes for the top thread and Aurifil 50 weight cotton in the bobbin in a neutral colour, I find the lighter colour works best. Bring bobbin thread up to the top to start, begin and end with a locking stitch.
The first stitch should be as close as possible to the side of the applique piece. If the stitch is taken too far into the background fabric the stitches will show.
The second stitch is taken just a couple of threads into the applique piece.
A look at the back of an applique piece, showing the stitching.
Cut away the background fabric leaving a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Pin the next layer on top and stitch in place.
Cut away background fabric leaving a 1/4 inch seam allowance and remove the freezer paper. I like using a cuticle stick for doing this.
You can find the blocks here for the Adelicia Sampler Quilt
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