I had a little time this weekend to work on my Craft Hope quilt. I’ve never done reverse applique before so I’ve been enjoying the process…planning it out in my head..pinning it down and visualizing how it will hold together once it’s sewn. So far so good. It’s really quite easy. If you’ve never attempted it, let me encourage you to go for it. You can totally do this.
This is how I went about it..
First I picked an easy shape..the circle. Duh, cause who can go wrong with a circle. Then I pulled out two plates..one slightly bigger than the other.
I traced the smaller of the two plates with chalk right on to the reverse side of my quilt top. I did this several times to give me the desired look I was going for.
Once I was happy with the layout I traced the larger of the two plates on to the back of my print fabric and cut out.. you don’t have to be exact with your cutting.. the excess fabric will be hidden between the top and the back of your quilt.
Then I pinned the print fabric to the backside on my quilt top using my first set of chalk outlines to line it up.
I flipped it and again traced the smaller of the two plates in the same place on the front of my quilt. (You’ll use your pins as a guide line.) This gives you a sewing line.
Cut your top circle out leaving about a 1/4 inch for turning under. Be sure not to cut your print fabric when doing this.
Cut out full circle.
Then cut small slits in the extra 1/4 inch so that there will be no puckering.
Turn under and pin. Remove underside pins.
Take it to your sewing machine and sew around your circle as close to its edge as possible.
Repeat until you’re happy with the look.
My applique is done.. maybe I’ll have a finished quilt to show you in my next post… hopefully. edit – below..The Quilt