How to Learn Appliqué In Just Two Hours
What is appliqué?
Simply put, appliqué (also spelled applique) is a quilting technique that allows you to create perfect blocks for your quilts in much less time and with minimal effort.
The technique of appliqué is similar to how kids use construction paper of different colors to make art projects by cutting out various shapes and gluing them onto the base sheet. But instead of paper, quilters use fabric, and instead of glue, we use fusible. Additionally, we stitch around certain shapes to keep them in place so that the quilt can withstand wear, tear and washing.
Why Learn Appliqué?
Because with appliqué, you'll save time. And your blocks will look perfect.
Let me explain the "perfect" first, and then I'll talk about "saving time".
With other quilting methods, such as piecing, you must stitch together a lot of small pieces of fabric that make up the pattern of your block. And face it, we all mess up, no matter how hard we try. Stitching tiny scraps of fabric together precisely as shown on the pattern is hard. Even 1/10th of an inch off on the seam line messes up the whole block.
A little bit off on one block and a little bit off on another block, and all your blocks end up looking a bit differently. I don't know about you, but that ticks me off, even though other people flatter me and say my quilts look perfect. I know they aren't. Each and every block of the quilt looks a bit off, and that drives me crazy.
With appliqué, the main step for perfection is cutting the fabric precisely as show on the pattern, not stitching it precisely. And cutting straight is always easier than sewing straight, we all know that.
Once you've cut out a shape, it's really easy to just place it on top of your base block and fuse it in place. It's much easier to do right than if you had to stitch that shape to two or three other shapes comprising your block.
Don't worry if it's a bit confusing now, I'll explain the difference in more detail below so you can see how much easier it is to create blocks using appliqué.
Let's say you want to create a quilt using this simple pattern.
Now, I just made this pattern up to help me make a point of how much easier it is to use appliqué than any other method to make blocks, but if you like it, feel free to use it for your quilts.
Let's call this pattern "Stars in the Rainbow". I want it to look somewhat abstract and non-traditional to make a truly unique quilt.
This is the original template of a non-symmetrical block. I also decided to use rectangular block as opposed to a square.
And here is how the block would look in color (remember, we want it to be abstract).
And here is a diagram of what a finished blanket would look like with a simple border:
You can combine the blocks any way you want to make beautiful designs, but since this is an example, I'll keep things simple and just repeat the non-symmetrical block over and over.
If you make this quilt using piecing, each of your blocks would look a bit different. And all of them would look crooked in some way. You wouldn't find two identical blocks. Not to mention, it would take you an untold amount of time to actually make the quilt.
Let's look at the process of creation of the block and the steps involved, when not using appliqué, but piecing each scrap of fabric together.
First, you would need to cut the fabric for your background. Notice, there are four separate pieces there.
Then, you would cut the stars from different fabric. In this case, you need three per block.
And the rainbow pieces. Seven pieces to make three rays.
Here are all the pieces you would have to cut for just one block:
In reality, it's even tougher because you need to add seam allowance to each side of each piece so that you can actually stitch them together. That complicates things even more.
Think about it. How much time would it take you to cut out and then stitch all of those pieces of fabric together? Look at the picture above and just imagine the amount of time and effort you would have to put into making it.
And that's just for one block! And you need 12 to 18 blocks for a complete quilt.
Quilters are a patient bunch, but come on! You have to agree that this is just too much.
This simple block doesn't look that simple to make any more, does it?
And you know that while stitching those pieces, you'll keep getting off the seam like just by "a tiny bit". And all your blocks would end up looking a bit different from each other. So your quilt won't look straight no matter how hard you try.
Let's look at the same process when using appliqué.
With appliqué, you don't have to cut out each corner of each connected piece of fabric. All you have to do is cut out the main shapes of your block. In this case, here are the shapes you would have.
What you would do afterwords is fuse the rainbow pieces onto the background, and then fuse the stars on top of that.
Because the top shapes cover everything below, there is no need to cut out each little corner of connected shapes. Yet, the result is the same. In addition, all your blocks end up looking identical because there is no "stitching on the seam line" involved.
If you had to stitch together each tiny piece of fabric for that block, it could've easily taken you an hour, but with appliqué, you can make a block in as little as 5 minutes.
And because you don't have to stitch so many little pieces together, the chance of you making a mistake and messing up the block are practically zero. So your blocks look perfect.
I'm sure that by now, you agree that learning appliqué will do wonders for you as a quilter.
As you can see from the example above, with appliqué that pattern looks easy to make, with piecing it's not.
What does it mean?
Well, it means is you can take any pattern you like, no matter how complex, and do it using appliqué. And it will be very easy to make, even for a novice quilter.
Here are some of the quilts done with appliqué:
Would you like to be able to make quilts like that?
Would you like to amaze your friends and loved ones with the quality of quilts you create?
So why not use appliqué to create beautiful quilts in days, as opposed to spending weeks using piecing or some other technique?
How To Learn Appliqué
Well, today you will learn how to fuse fabric and create beautiful appliqué blocks for any pattern you choose. You will also learn the appliqué techniques that will allow you to work with a range of patterns, from the simplest to the most complex.
I present to you the Basics of Appliqué: An Illustrated Appliqué Guide for Beginners.
Perhaps you have already attempted a tutorial for appliqués. If so, then you already know that the problem with most tutorials is that they only describe the overall concept, leaving the intricate details unexplained, so that you must take random guesses about what should be done. The tutorial I am presenting you with today, on the other hand, is designed to walk you through the creation of your first appliqué block, describing each specific step in great detail. Every step is covered, and absolutely nothing is left out.
This guide even includes an actual pattern that has been modified specifically for the purpose of teaching quilters the basics of appliqué. You will be able to print this specific pattern from the guide (the pattern is listed on page 3) and follow detailed instructions from start to finish.
This is not only a "how-to" tutorial, but also it is an actual step-by-step practical guide.
The hands-on approach of Basics of Appliqué will allow you to actually learn the skills involved in creating appliqués. Rather than being presented with a complex explanation of the process, you will actually develop the skills needed for making beautiful appliqué quilts.
Instead of simply reading about making appliqués, you will be following precise instructions to create your own appliqué blocks that can be turned into a quilt.
The instructions are extremely detailed, and everything is covered. You will easily print the pattern, cut-out the template pieces, and cut the block itself. Then, you will align the templates for the pieces, activate the glue in the fusible, and trace the template pieces onto the fabric. Next, you will cut the pieces, remove the paper backing of the fusible off the fabric, and secure the pieces on the block. Finally, you will fuse the pieces to the block and stitch the edges as needed.
It all sounds quite simple, and it really is very easy. In the tutorial I am presenting you with, multiple photographs, not just text instructions, represent each part of the process of creating amazing appliqué blocks. As a matter of fact, this guide is 90% pictures instead of words. These pictures vividly illustrate each step of the process, making it extremely easy to create your own beautiful quilts.
Look at some of the pictures straight from this guide to understand the kind of detail I am talking about.
Additionally, you will discover a couple of tricks to help you make sure the pieces stay together. You will learn when to cut off extra fabric outside of the template area and when to tuck one piece under the other. You will also learn when not to cut any extra fabric and instead cut exactly on the template.
Basics of Appliqué contains two techniques of appliqué: plain fusing and stitch-and-turn with interfacing. You will be able to combine those techniques in one block. Once you learn how to use both techniques, you can decide which technique to apply for any given piece in the template. By doing this you will be able to work with even the most complicated patterns.
This guide will also teach you how to create actual 3-dimensional accessories for your blocks, such as an actual functional pocket, so that you can later accessorize the quilt with charms or other small trinkets. Here is an actual example from the guide:
The entire process of mastering the skill of appliqué will not take you more than two hours. You can download this electronic book immediately, print it out, and begin working on your quilt within five minutes. Imagine, in just two hours, you will have your first appliqué block completed.
I have received excellent feedback from numerous quilters who have already seen this guide. They were simply amazed by the intricacy of the details and the ease with which the instructions for preparing appliqués is presented.
As I mentioned already, Basics of Appliqué even includes a pattern modified specifically for teaching beginners. Although it is easy to use, it also requires many different techniques to reach completion. This enables you to learn multiple techniques instead of only fusing one type of block repeatedly. This pattern is already used by formal quilting classes to teach people how to create appliqués.
And You Can Save Money Too
A class with an instructor teaching appliqué might range two to four hours and cost $25 to $45 per hour, for a total of $50 to $180. You, on the other hand, will only pay $24.95 to acquire the exact same skills. Ordering the Basics of Appliqué is obviously the smarter way to learn this new skill.
Besides, what might happen if you were to take a class and later realize that you missed some important points?
You cannot go back in time to experience the lesson once more. You would have to pay the fees all over again. However, with this guide, you can re-read it again as many times as you want. As a matter of fact, I encourage you to use it as a reference whenever you create appliqué blocks in the future.
More importantly, if you were to take a class and later realize that you did not like it, that the class was not what you expected or that you do not really want to create appliqués, is there really any chance of getting your money back from that instructor? I very seriously doubt it.
Why This Is Better Than Going To A Quilting Class
With my guide, though, I'll make you the following deal: I'll give you full two months from the day that you order it to decide whether you like it. If, during that time, you decide that Basics of Appliqué is not worth the price of only $24.95, then simply call me or send me an email, and I will refund your money to the penny, without any questions.
I give you two months so that there is no pressure to decide. What if you get busy with household chores or work or anything else and can't begin to study this guide immediately after you order it? What if you don't have time to make some appliqué quilts right away? We all have distractions and urgent matters in life, and I understand that. And that's why I don't want you to feel like you have to drop everything right away. That's why getting my guide is better than going to a quilting class. You can study at your own pace and not worry about running out of time.
Imagine an instructor has just told you that she would teach you how to create appliqués, and once you have practiced for two months what you learned from her, if you do not like it, then you simply request a refund.
That is how great my offer really is, and I am proudly stating it.
As I already mentioned, I have been receiving a lot of great feedback from quilters who have seen this guide, so I am not afraid to offer a fellow quilter such an amazing guarantee. I know you will love Basics of Appliqué. I know that this $24.95 is the best investment you will ever make for your quilting hobby or career.
And because it is an electronic book that you download onto your computer, you can get it immediately, and read it on your screen or print it out in just a few minutes from now. There is no shipping cost or waiting for delivery involved. And you can order and receive it 24/7.
Once you have ordered the Basics of Appliqué, if you do not agree that it is worth every penny, then I will refund your money with no questions asked. That's a promise.
P.S. If you need any help with your order or if you have any questions then don't hesitate to contact me.
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