Sunday, November 17, 2013

Sunday Stitching - A New Technique!

I wanted to show you what I have been working on.  Now, as you know, when it comes to traditional applique, I am needleturn appliquer and almost always applique by hand. I am not much for machine applique - unless on a kid's quilt, art quilt, etc.  But I saw this technique and cute table topper in the current issue of BH&G American Patchwork & Quilting and thought I would give it a try just to see what it was like.
This is a pattern by Kim Diehl.  I must admit that the applique process was much quicker by machine, but the prep work was a little more labor intensive.  Once my four blocks had the bias stems machine appliqued, I joined them together into a 12 1/2" block.
Pattern pieces are traced onto and then cut out of freezer paper.  The pattern piece is placed dull side down and the seam allowance pressed onto the shiny side of the freezer paper.  

With monofilament thread in the upper part of the machine and regular thread in the bobbin, I machine appliqued with a very small zig-zag stitch around each piece.

Pattern pieces were held in place with a tiny bit of fabric glue from a glue stick.
Once the stitching was done, the back of the applique was cut away and the freezer paper removed.  I am not a big fan of cutting way the back of the applique, but I know a lot of quilters applique this way.
Here is the back of my block after it was pressed. 
I love using red & green non-Christmas fabrics in Christmas projects!
I am pleased with how this block turned out even though some stitching is somewhat visible even with the monofilament thread.  It was, of course, much quicker than needleturn applique.  So it is great for certain projects!
Now onto the flying geese pieced inner border!
Of course the perfect way to spend a November Sunday afternoon is wrapped in a quilt made by Mom. : - )

Happy Stitching!



  1. I too love needleturn, but my first quilt I blanket stitched by machine and love that process also. I have never seen the freezer paper turned up like this. I have tried the starch and glue stick and find them so messy, but this might be right up my alley. I am going to have to give this a try Thanks so much for sharing, such a beautiful project. Kim Diehl never seems to disappoint!

    1. Carla, Yes the process is much better than the starch and glue that I tried in the past as well. Good luck giving it a try! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Kim Diehl's pattern's are wonderful. What a great job you've done. Love it!

    1. Thanks! The pattern was great and easy to follow!

  3. It's Christmasy without the Christmas fabric...I especially love the candy cane fabric in the middle.

  4. A gorgeous block with so much learned in the making! Love the fabric choices!
    Thanks for linking up!

    1. Thanks, Kathy! It was pretty easy and a good alternate way to applique. Thanks for the linky party!!

  5. Çok güzel renk ve desen.Hoşça kalın.


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