Making Applique Flowers for the Adelicia Sampler Quilt - Sharon Keightley Quilts

Making Applique Flowers for the Adelicia Sampler Quilt

February 11, 2022

Adelicia Sampler Quilt | Sharon Keightley Quilts

 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.

Adelicia Sampler Quilt | Sharon Keightley Quilts

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.

 Adelicia Sampler Quilt | Sharon Keightley Quilts

Adelicia Sampler Quilt | Sharon Keightley Quilts

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.

Adelicia Sampler Quilt | Sharon Keightley Quilts

Adelicia Sampler Quilt | Sharon Keightley Quilts

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.

Adelicia Sampler Quilt | Sharon Keightley Quilts

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.

Adelicia Sampler Quilt | Sharon Keightley Quilts

Cut away the background fabric leaving a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Adelicia Sampler Quilt | Sharon Keightley Quilts

Adelicia Sampler Quilt | Sharon Keightley Quilts

Adelicia Sampler Quilt | Sharon Keightley Quilts

Pin the next layer on top and stitch in place.

Pin the next layer on top and stitch in place.

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.

Adelicia Sampler Quilt | Sharon Keightley Quilts
Pin top circle in place a stitch.
Adelicia Sampler Quilt | Sharon Keightley Quilts
Cut away background fabric and remove last little piece of freezer paper.
This is the way I created all of the applique blocks in the Adelicia Sampler Quilt.
It is my favorite method for applique, I hope you give it a try.
Looking forward to seeing your progress, you can post pictures on Instagram #adeliciasamplerquilt or the Sharon Keightley Quilts Facebook group.
Happy Stitching
Sharon

 

You can find the blocks here for the Adelicia Sampler Quilt

Adelicia Sampler Quilt

Block One

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