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Thread: Layered (multiple piece) applique??

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    Layered (multiple piece) applique??

    I'm new to applique and my current project requires that I make applique pieces with multiple pieces.

    I'm doing raw edge fusible web applique. I want a base picture (bunny) and on the bunny will be eyes.

    My question is ... do I fuse the smaller pieces (eyes) onto the larger piece (bunny) and then fuse the completed bunny to the quilt top? Or do I fuse the bunny first then the eyes over the bunny?

    Oh ... my applique pieces are batiks that I'll be adhering to flannel ...if that makes a difference.

    I'm thinking I complete the bunny first - then fuse the completed bunny. It would be less fabric to stitch through when I finish the edges of the raw edge.

    Not yet sure how I will finish the edges ... possibly satin stitch but I might also use a clear poly straight stitch then blanket stitch around it for that old fashioned look.
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    I would make the bunny first and then applique it to the flannel. Also, did you prewash your flannel and/or batiks? Sometimes the fusibles have a hard time sticking if the fabrics aren't washed due to the chemicals and finishes that are on the fabrics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn View Post
    I would make the bunny first and then applique it to the flannel. Also, did you prewash your flannel and/or batiks? Sometimes the fusibles have a hard time sticking if the fabrics aren't washed due to the chemicals and finishes that are on the fabrics.

    Oh yes ... I pre-wash everything! The flannel was pre-washed twice just because it's flannel ... as were some of the batiks because they're bleeders.
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    I think it boils down to a personal choice. I have done it both ways; and it really does not make a difference. Looking forward to reading how others respond.
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    If you only have a few pieces I think I would fuse the small bits to the bigger piece but maybe window the large bunny body so it will remain fairly soft. Batiks make the BEST fabric choice for raw edge appliqué because they don't fray as easily as cotton. I've never fused to flannel so I can't offer an advice on that except to try a small sample fuse and see how it goes.

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    I have fused layers on layers on flannel, I always wash the flannel before I start. I fuse all my small pieces together then fuse to the larger piece.

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    DogHM ... here's another way to maybe tackle the bunny .....

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/tutoria...e-t188532.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    DogHM ... here's another way to maybe tackle the bunny .....

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/tutoria...e-t188532.html
    QuiltE ... brilliant! Thanks for sharing the link, and your timing is extraordinary as I just got done re-viewing and showing my husband the link of the Egyptian Tent Maker guy using the perforated stencil to applique.

    OK ... I'm off to my sewing room to whip up a few simple samples of this technique to see how I like it.

    thanks ladies!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom View Post
    QuiltE ... brilliant! Thanks for sharing the link, and your timing is extraordinary as I just got done re-viewing and showing my husband the link of the Egyptian Tent Maker guy using the perforated stencil to applique.

    OK ... I'm off to my sewing room to whip up a few simple samples of this technique to see how I like it.

    thanks ladies!!

    DHMom ... Oh no, I am not brilliant .... Muv IS the brilliant one!!!!! Come on over to this thread, and you'll see what she's creating using with what has become affectionately known as the MM (Muv Method!)

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/quiltin...ml#post5348612

    Better still, do one better than check out the thread ... join us and create a new patriotic themed project!
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    QuiltE ... I knew that, but it was brilliant for you to suggest it

    Take some credit!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom View Post
    QuiltE ... I knew that, but it was brilliant for you to suggest it

    Take some credit!!
    Awww thanks!!! ... I just like to make sure that the right person gets their time in the spotlight!!

    I smiled when you said "brilliant" ... as I think I've heard that expression used more by Brits than anyone else. So it was so appropriate for Muv's involvement.

    How did your test runs go?
    Did you run on over to the International Patriotic thread to check out her work?
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    I smiled when you said "brilliant" ... as I think I've heard that expression used more by Brits than anyone else. So it was so appropriate for Muv's involvement.

    How did your test runs go?
    Did you run on over to the International Patriotic thread to check out her work?
    Well ... I married a Brit so I am fluent in English and proper English

    My test runs went well. I discovered that cotton floss does not work well - it just shredded. DMC floss was the easiest, but I like the look of wool the best. I also did a few small pieces of "needle turn" and that went well.

    I think I am going to use a needle turn for the smaller pieces that are "part" of the bunny (eyes, inside of ears, and some contrasting color), and MUV's method for the perimiter of the whole bunny.

    And yes I did check out that thread ... thanks for pointing it out. There is/was some fabulous work going on over there. Can't wait to see Muv's finished floral project!!
    May your stitches always be straight, your seams always lie flat, and your grain never be biased against you.

    Sue

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