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    Question Soft applique quilt?

    I'll be making a baby quilt with owls appliqued on it. The applique will be over large patch work. How could I do this and keep the quilt soft(not stiff). It will be machine appliqued. Thank you for your help.
    Molly O

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    You can use Misty Fuse. I've not used it, but have heard from many on the board that is it very light weight. Caution though, it doesn't have any paper backing, so it may be somewhat difficult to work with. I personally like Seam-A-Seam and Seam-A-Seam 2, they are both lightweight and they come with a paper backing so makes them a bit easier to work with. Hope this helps you, Gina

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    There is a new product out...it' a wash away fusible paper put out by C&T publishing. I was given a roll to try( by my Janome dealer). Also known as my addiction enabler!
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    If you have a preference for your own fusible, draw your appliqué shapes as normal, but then cut approx ¼" INSIDE your line, and you will be left with a spider web of your shape. Fuse this down onto your appliqué fabric & and then cut on the line. You will be left with your appliqué shape that has only fusible on the edge. Fuse this piece onto your background (in your case a pieced top) Then satin stitch or buttonhole stitch the edges. (I also use a stabilizer behind the background piece) HTH
    Pat Sloan uses this technique, there may be a you tube on it.

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    You could do prepared applique with no fusible product whatsoever. It involves cutting your applique pieces to include a seam allowance (typically 1/4 or less) which you turn under and press in place (or you can glue them down using a washable glue, like elmer's school glue) then machine stitch the prepared applique to the background using a blind hem stitch.

    Another option is to use a machine satin stitch to encase your raw edge. Cut your your applique pieces and apply them to your background piece using pins or drops of elmer's school glue or other washable glue. You will need to put a tear away stabilizer of some sort under the background piece, otherwise it will pucker from the satin stitch.

    A final option is a raw edge applique that will fray, kind of like a rag quilt. Cut your your applique and top stitch to background fabric about a 1/4 to 1/8" in from the raw edge. The edges of the applique will fray with washing.

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    You could use Elmer's washable glue to glue them in place, machine applique around them and then the glue will come out in the wash.

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    Steam-a-seam 2 Lite is very light weight
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    I tried Heat & Bond Featherweight for a lighter appliqué and was very disappointed. Could it have been operator error, maybe but I was very careful.
    I would recommend using Wonderunder but "window" your large appliqués. To window you draw the shape on the paper side of the appliqué and then draw another line about 1/4 to 3/8 inside the appliqué shape. Rough cut around the outside line on the Wonderunder and also cut along the inside window line. This gives you an odd shaped Cheerio to fuse down to the back of the fabric. Make sure it is laying nice and flat and fuse the window to the back of the fabric per instructions. After it has cooled you cut out the appliqué following the first pencil line, peel off the paper and fuse the shape down to the background fabric.
    I have no experience with Misty fuse or Steam a Seam.

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    Thank all of you for the information. I'll mull it all over and see what I think I can handle best
    Molly O

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