The Free Motion Quilting Project: No Sewing Applique

Friday, August 5, 2011

No Sewing Applique

free motion quilting | Leah DayEarlier this week I posted about my experiments with Trapplique and received many ideas about how to avoid the whole satin stitching showing on the back dilemma. I'll definitely be trying out many different methods to find the one that works best.

Working with Trapplique has reminded me of another technique I used quite a lot when I first started quilting. It's called No Sewing Until You Quilt It Applique and was developed by Ann Holmes, a wonderful quilter I met in the Asheville Quilt Guild.

I realize now looking back that learned Ann's technique at a critical period in my quilting experience. I'd only created 3 quilts at the time and only used traditional piecing techniques.

Watching Ann demonstrate at a guild Round Robin meeting, I was quickly able to see that using this method was how I could finally start playing with curves and other unusual shapes.

Here's a few of the very first quilts I created with No Sew Applique:


The question I get the most about this technique is - Is it turned edge or raw?

It's actually turned edge applique and the whole quilt is laid out onto French Fuse, a very lightweight interfacing material that you can fuse the pieces to.

This enables you to put together complex applique quilts without taking a single stitch!

Here's a video I created last year sharing a bit more about this technique:


So that's it for this feature Friday! If you're interested in learning more about Ann's DVD, please click here to find it and French Fuse Interfacing at my Quilt Shop!

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

1 comment:

  1. You turned me on to this technique and I have used it and variants (I just glue paste everything into place or I fuse it to muslin, where the muslin has a layer of fused material applied).

    This example is the first I did using the French fuse.

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