Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Fusible Applique with Liquid Stitch Tutorial

For my latest quilt pattern, Time for ABC's, I used a method of fusible applique using Liquid Stitch.  This is the first time that I have mentioned this technique in a pattern.  In this blog I will try to show you my method in pictures as I built the ukulele.

1.  Draw the pieces on the non shiny side of freezer paper.  Rough cut them out and iron them to the right side of your fabrics.  Cut out on the line except where a piece goes under another piece.

2.  On the back of the fabric add a thin line of Liquid Stitch right on the edge.  Use a bottle with a small pointed tip.  Only do a short area at a time.
3.  Using a brush with a small tip paint the glue to the edge extending it out to 1/8" - 1/4".  This should be a solid line of glue.  Make sure that all points have a little extra glue on them.
4.  Allow the pieces to air dry.
5.  Put a pressing sheet on you your ironing surface and lay you pieces on top of it.  Cover these pieces with another pressing sheet and press with your iron for 10 seconds.  Allow to cool before removing from the pressing sheet.
6.  The pieces now have a fusible edge.  Peel off the freezer paper when you are ready to place them on the background.  Do this on your ironing board.
7.  After all the pieces have been applied to the background cover the piece with a pressing sheet and press for 10 seconds.  Pay special attention to the points or rounded ends of your pieces by going over them with the tip of the iron.  Allow to cool before doing any applique stitching. 
This method leaves your pieces soft.   I did not find that this method took anymore time than regular fusing.  I do a few pieces at a time and have some at every stage of the process as I go along.
Here is my finished quilt which measures 49" x 56".  The pattern is quite large because all the templates are full size, 45 page!. This is a nice baby or toddler present which could be used for teaching the ABC's and colors.