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Simple Appliqué: Approachable Techniques, Easy Methods, Beautiful Results!

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Apr 14, 2015


Find out how best-selling author Kim Diehl achieves her distinctive look. With this comprehensive how-to guide, she shares the secrets of her signature invisible machine-appliqué and wool-appliqué; techniques--plus needle-turn and fusible techniques!
See techniques clearly demonstrated in more than 85 step-by-step how-to photos Discover the tools and supplies Kim recommends for your desired results Use any of Kim's applique methods to create her inspiring "Scrap Basket Blossoms" wall hanging (full-sized pattern included) Look for Kim Diehl's Best Appliqué Freezer Paper, also available from Martingale
Apr 14, 2015

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Simple Appliqué - Kim Diehl

Kim Diehl

Simple Appliqué

Approachable Techniques • Easy Methods • Beautiful Results!


Many thanks to Laurie Baker for traveling down this how-to-appliqué road with me. As always, your knowledge, guidance, and expertise (along with your endless good humor and wicked wit) made the journey a complete pleasure.

My appreciation to the staff at the Gathering Place in Rupert, Idaho, for machine-quilting Scrap Basket Blossoms so beautifully.

A huge thank-you to everyone in the Martingale office who had a hand in helping me share my favorite appliqué techniques, tips, and tricks, with special thanks to Brent Kane for your spot-on photography skills—if a picture is worth a thousand words, then this book truly contains a wealth of knowledge.

Simple Appliqué: Approachable Techniques, Easy Methods, Beautiful Results!

© 2015 by Kim Diehl


19021 120th Ave. NE, Ste. 102

Bothell, WA 98011-9511 USA

eBook Edition: 2015

No part of this product may be reproduced in any form, unless otherwise stated, in which case reproduction is limited to the use of the purchaser. The written instructions, photographs, designs, projects, and patterns are intended for the personal, noncommercial use of the retail purchaser and are under federal copyright laws; they are not to be reproduced by any electronic, mechanical, or other means, including informational storage or retrieval systems, for commercial use. Permission is granted to photocopy patterns for the personal use of the retail purchaser. Attention teachers: Martingale encourages you to use this book for teaching, subject to the restrictions stated above.

The information in this book is presented in good faith, but no warranty is given nor results guaranteed. Since Martingale has no control over choice of materials or procedures, the company assumes no responsibility for the use of this information.

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data is available upon request.

eISBN: 978-1-60468-628-9

Original Source ISBN: 978-1-60468-627-2


Preparing to Appliqué

Invisible Machine Appliqué

Invisible Machine Appliqué with Trapunto

Needle-Turn Appliqué

Fusion Appliqué

Wool Appliqué

Fusible Appliqué

Practice Project: Scrap Basket Blossoms

About the Author

It’s no secret that I love quilts. And quilts with appliqué? Even better!

After many years of attending quilt-guild meetings all around the country, teaching numerous workshops, and meeting scads of quiltmakers, I’ve learned that people often have really strong feelings about appliqué. Some are completely in love with it, and some . . . not so much. I’ll be the first to admit that appliqué can seem intimidating, but like most things, when it’s broken down into simple, doable steps, it’s very approachable and can be a snap. Honest!

I’ve always felt that one of the most appealing aspects about the art of quiltmaking, and appliqué specifically, is that it’s not a one-size-fits-all craft. Because quilts are made by a variety of people for a wide range of uses, there are countless ways to accomplish the individual steps from start to finish.

Being a self-taught quiltmaker has enabled me to approach my appliqué techniques without having any preconceived notions about what I should (or shouldn’t) do, and I’ve experimented for years with various types of appliqué to find the simplest and most efficient methods to suit any type of quilt while also producing beautiful results. What’s really great about all of this experimentation is that it’s enabled me to weed out the steps that are less than stellar and focus on what really works.

The techniques shared in this book have been fine-tuned and tweaked through the years, and I find myself turning to them again and again as I make my own quilts. To sweeten the pot, I’ve included many little tips and tricks to make the journey even smoother as you explore these methods. With an adventurous spirit, a deep breath, and a little practice, you’ll find that appliqué can be easy to include in your quilts!

After stitching dozens and dozens (and dozens!) of quilts through the years, I’ve learned that taking a moment for a couple of quick preparation steps at the start of a new appliqué project helps to streamline the process and enables me to spend my time more efficiently. The information that follows explains the benefit of adding creased registration marks for easy design layout, and I’ve shared a quick tip for protecting the edges of your appliqué blocks to prevent fraying.

Protecting Block Edges

I’ve found that some fabrics withstand being handled through the appliqué process very well, while others ravel with very little use. If you feel that fraying may occur as you work on your project, take a moment to stabilize the block edges and protect the seam allowances.

I recommend using a product called Fray Check, which is a little bit like thin, clear nail polish. When applied to the edges of your fabric, Fray Check will stiffen them slightly to prevent the threads from raveling. Incorporating this step will eliminate the need to cut your block backgrounds larger than needed, and then trim them down to size after the appliqué process is complete. To easily apply Fray Check, here’s a great little technique I use.

1. Place the fabric on a tabletop, with the edge of the cloth extending just beyond the table edge closest to you.

2. Hold the bottle of Fray Check in your dominant hand and rest your other hand against the side edge of the table, below the extending cloth edge. Steady your hand holding the bottle on top of the hand resting against the table and touch the tip of the bottle to the edge of the cloth to begin the flow. Slide your bottom hand along the table edge to apply a

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