Sunday, October 2, 2011
Backbasting Applique Tutorial
I found if I basted larger stitches where the patterns overlapped,
I was able to distinguish where I needed to make smaller stitches when attaching.
To add the next piece of fabric , cut a piece a bit larger than the pattern piece you wish to add. Hold the whole piece up to a window or on a lightbox to make sure you have covered the whole pattern, Pin in place and then baste the same as you did the body portion, using a contrast thread for ease in following.
Make sure you trim the pieces to within 1/4 or smaller depending on the size. Clip curves again and attach with smaller stitches.
In this picture you can barely see the black fabric showing through the background. It covers the area that needs to be covered and will be basted in place before stitching.
You can also see the stitching along the body. As you can see it follows the pencil marks that define the pattern. There is no need to cut to remove freezer paper or dryer sheets...It can be left as is and is easy to hand quilt through.
And here is the finished project. It amazed me how easy it is to applique and how accurate it can be. Much faster than freezer paper method and no need to create templates.
If any portion of this tutorial is unclear to you , please comment and I will try to answer any questions you have. Hope you can understand my instructions. I would like to acknowledge the lady that showed me how to do this,....Judy Steeves from Sussex Vale Quilt Guild taught me this technique last week and I am so thankful she did.