Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Back Basting

I have talked about using the back basting method of hand applique and thought you might be interested in the directions.
I don't think I will be posting tomorrow as I will be away until Friday.  You will then get the second steps to the quilt as you go pattern.

Hand Appliqué Using the Back Basting Method.

The pattern:  your pattern should be a full size line drawing (outline) of the picture you are reproducing. (Usually referred to as a placement diagram) If you don’t have a full size pattern, it will be necessary to assemble the templates on a blank piece of copy paper to replicate the pattern and trace around the shapes.

Note: if the templates have the seam allowance included, remove it before tracing to make the full size pattern.

Place your background fabric on the pattern, right sides together.  Trace the pattern (I use a retractable pencil) onto the back of your fabric.  A light box or window can be used if the pattern lines are not visible.  (I go over my pattern with a fine line sharpie making sure I follow each line accurately)  If using a window, tape both the pattern and the fabric to the window to avoid shifting.

I number the sections on the pattern in the order that they will be added to the fabric.

Cut a piece of fabric that you are going to be using for your first appliqué piece about an inch larger all around than the pattern.  Place the fabric on the RIGHT side of the background fabric.  Hold up to the light and move until all the section is covered.  Pin in place.

Thread a large needle (tapestry or crewel is a good size) with buttonhole or similar thread-do not knot the end of the thread.  Baste along the line drawn on the wrong side of the fabric.  Remove the needle.  (Needle and thread should be large enough to leave holes which are used as a stitching guide) Using sharp scissors carefully cut around the outside of the stitched line to remove excess fabric.  Seam allowance should be 3/8” or less.  If your fabric frays easily, you may wish to spray it with sizing or starch before using.

Thread your appliqué needle and insert at one end of the basting line, remove a few stitches-two or 3, turn fabric under (on stitch line) using a tooth pick, or cuticle stick.  I like using a wooden shish kabob stick because I am less likely to lose it when working-I actually keep it in my mouth.  Wetting the end of the stick will help in turning under the fabric.

Continue removing basting stitches and sewing around the appliqué piece.  Repeat previous steps until pattern is complete.

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