This week I am going to share my very simple appliqué process with you. These are the directions I am adding to my patterns so if anything is unclear or misspelled (Debbie) please let me know so I can refine.
First I have a few more supplies to add to my list from Friday.
1. Roxanne’s Glue Baste: Can’t live without it
2. Sharpie Fine Point Marker
3. ThimblePads: I’m a wimp when it comes to pain. You can find these at many quilt stores.
To make your appliqué shapes you must first make a template using heat resistant Mylar or Templar. I trace the pattern onto the Templar using a fine point Sharpie. After your shape is traced cut the template out. At this point it is a good idea to check the template for smoothness. I usually run my finger over the edge until I find any bumps. These bumps can be filed off with a finger nail file.
Once you have your templates made it is time to use them to make your fabric shapes. Use a washable fabric marker to trace around your template onto the wrong side of your appliqué fabric. Cut around this traced line giving yourself a ¼” turn under allowance. Clip any inside curves.
Now it’s time to press. I generally use my iron on its cotton setting with little or no steam. Place the template on the wrong side of the appliqué shape. Using your stencil brush apply the liquid starch to the turn under allowance of a small portion of your shape. Let it soak into the fabric. With you iron, gently press the turn under allowance over the template. Repeat this process until all the turn under allowances are pressed (parts of the appliqué shape that go under other shapes need not be pressed). Some shapes will need to have their points pressed further as shown.