Do you know the way to applique?

Do you know the way to San Jose?

Yeah, that song is stuck in my head now too.  Thanks, me.

I’ve started a quilt that is really out of my comfort range.  It’s almost all applique.  Here is the first of the two different blocks that make up this quilt:

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I’m torn as to how to applique these intricate, curly pieces on.  I don’t want to turn under the seam allowance; that would take me forever and I just don’t have that kind of patience.

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So I’m going to fuse these pieces and machine stitch them onto the background.  My question is what kind of stitch would work?  I’ve done buttonhole applique before, but I just don’t think it’s right for this fancy style of block.  I’m tempted to try raw-edge applique like Kelly does (from Don’t Look Now), but I’m scared that it will fray at the edges.  I’m not sure I want to use invisible thread, I’ve used it before and it’s kind of poky and shiny.

Anyone have any suggestions?

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Peggi, I love, love, love this applique! You know, I’ve heard that MonoPoly has really changed their thread, and it’s not so “shiny” anymore. You know me – I don’t do applique much (you are the applique queen of the two of us!), but this certainly makes me want to try again!

Cindi 100 small

2 thoughts on “Do you know the way to applique?

  1. I use Sulky or Madeira Rayon thread for all my fancy appliqué. I usually try to match the color, unless I want something to stand out. I do a smaller buttonhole stitch. It’s a really elegant look.

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