There is no best technique. It's all a matter of what type of effect you
are looking for, how much time you want to spend, and what you are most
comfortable with. I have one needle turn hand applique quilt on the go, and
another freezer paper machine applique quilt on the go (along with a couple
of other quilts. I get inspired and can't wait to start new projects. I
also rotate through them to keep me from getting bored)
Here is a quick machine pieced technique.
I picked up my freezer paper in the local grocery store right beside the
plastic wraps. It us usually brown, but my local quilt shop carries white
stuff. One side is plain paper and the other is a bit shiny, that's some
kind of plastic coating.
Just trace the pattern unto the paper without seam allowance and cut it out.
Using a hot dry iron, press the freezer paper pattern shiny side down on the
wrong side of your fabric. Cut out the piece adding a 1/4" seam allowance
I just eye ball this).
Iron the seam allowance towards the back of the freezer paper. I like to
apply a bit of liquid starch using a cotton swab to the seam to hold it in
place. Then remove the freezer paper and voila. It is ready to be
appliqued. (The paper can be reused again and again until it either doesn't
stick or looses it's shape.)
I machine applique using monofiliment thread and an overcast stitch on my
machine. (My machine will stitch straight in the ditch for 4 stitches and
zig-zag over for one catching the applique piece.)
If you would like to use the satin stitch there is no need for freezer
paper. Just cut out the pieces exactly (with no seam allowance) and satin
stitch over the raw edges. I haven't done this method and therefore can't
recommend any particular type of thread but my guess is that you will need
Good luck and have fun.
> What is the best technique? I have to produce an applique piece very
> Is it the freezer paper technique? Where can I get more info? Where do I
> buy freezer paper.....Help, Help.
> With machine applique, I understand that I use a tight satin stitch. But,
> is there a particularly good thread for this? Any tricks of the trade????
> All help is appreciated.
> Alexandra K. Dmitrasinovic
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