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For now sit back and relax while we walk you through our fun technique of using applique to make any quilt magical. We do this with the example of our cute ladybug design.
Our methods work of other applique patterns too. Feel free to incorporate this technique with any applique task.
As you can see the lady bug design is very simple. Since it doesn’t have too many pieces to it, it is a perfect pattern for any beginner to attempt their first applique quilting block.
It is also just a fun one to play with. Advance quilters will be able to incorporate this applique quilting pattern with other designs to make a whole scene for a quilt.
Here, however, we will just walk you through the easy process with this one design. As you get more comfortable with the process being able to get more intricate with your quilting will become second nature.
In order to start working with this applique quilting pattern, save the pattern to your computer. You can do this by clicking here to get the pattern for free in PDF format.
Feel free to adjust the size if needed with the computer’s own editing software.
When the size is to your liking, print the image out with your printer.
Now that the pattern is physically in your hands we have to trace it onto the paper side of your favorite fusible.
Once the design is traced then cut out the design in-between the lines or on the outer line. This is to ensure that we will be trimming the fabric after the applique quilting pattern is glued on.
Be sure not to cut upon the inner line at this time. That will happen later.
Now that every shape is cut out it’s time to press them onto the back of the appropriate fabric. Do this with a medium hot iron. Press the pieces onto the backs of the desired fabric. Count to 3 as you press down.
When the fusible is glued to the back of the correct fabrics, cut along the inner lines of the design.
Most of the time you will be cutting only a thin layer of fabric along the edges. This is good as it will prevent your fabric from fraying and avoiding the whiskered effect that you don’t want.
After doing the last trimming to your design pieces we need to find out where on the fabric you want the design to be. For the circles of this pattern, they will be placed on top of the ladybug wings.
Once you have that established, press the pieces into place with the medium hot iron again and count to 5. (For the wings of this design, press the wings first. Then add the finishing touches of the circles and press them into place.)
Then you may stitch down your applique with a tight zigzag or satin stitch if so desired.
Now you have completed your applique.
The following is some troubleshooting tips that you might find useful.
Do you have frayed pieces? Does it look like whiskers?
Trim them with tiny thread scissors this time. Next time, cut exactly on the lines after you pressed the adhesive onto the back of the fabric.
Do you have shiny stuff on your background around the edges of your applique?
Here’s an easy way to get rid of that cruddy sticky stuff.
Take a clean piece of paper (copier paper will do) and place it over the spot. Use the edge of your iron on the exact spot by rubbing it back and forth over the paper. Re-adjust the paper and repeat as necessary. The adhesive will bond with the paper and be removed.
Is your needle gumming up as you are stitching the applique into place?
For now use rubbing alcohol to remove the tacky glue from the needle each time you stitch. Make sure the needle isn’t moving when you do this.
Next time remember to use only lite hold Heat n Bond for projects that require stitching on adhesive.
This applique quilting pattern is very stress free, easy, and beautiful. For beginners it is a wonderful way to show that you can use this advanced technique. It can also add a little extra special touch to other designs. Enjoy unlimited use of this ladybug.
Until next time.
Applique Quilting Pattern