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October 09, 2012


Barbara Anne

Excellent tutorial!!! Great photos and your instructions make this seem so very easy and I already have a #20 presser foot!! Now I need Steam-a-Seam 2.

I've hit a snag with my two little scrappy Diamond in a Square Christmas wall hangings (3 blocks each). I put a narrow black first border on and cannot for the life of me find a green fabric that looks good for the outer border. Perhaps I'll have to shop for fabric! Imagine that!

It's 48*F and damp here this morning and may I say Brrrrr?



Every since you started talking about this quilt I go to the Buggy Barn's website daily to look at the kit. I have no real need for a halloween quilt, but it is so darn cute. I think it will be going into a shopping cart with my name on it soon. They should give you a commission! I'm guessing they've gotten a lot of web traffic since you started this quilt. I love fabrics you are using. Keep on sharing your progress.


I use a very similar technique. I like to use heat and bond lite and always position my needle to the extreme right so it sits at the edge of the open toe. I agree it is really so much easier than I thought it would be and so much fun.


That's how I do it too! :) Though sometimes I use a zig zag or another decorative stitch for fun...but be warned, I've accidently used the NO SEW Wonder Under and it's literally, IMPOSSIBLE to sew! LOL* :)


I use the same materials but cut out the center of the shape so my appliqué isn't as stiff. I learned to do that in a class a few years ago and have really liked the results.


I agree about cutting out the center part of the Steam-a-Seam before ironing it to the fabric, as it makes the fabric very stiff. For a wall hanging it doesn't matter so much, but for a lap or bed quilt, it does matter. For very small applique pieces, though, such as are used in this quilt, it is more optional. I did once ruin a quilt that had large appliques and where I failed to cut out the center part of the Steam-a-Seam. Inelegantly phrased here, but hope it makes sense.


Oh my gosh, that is so cool! Thanks for your most excellent tutorial on applique.


Great tutorial. I love that Steam a Seam 2. I use the Steam a Seam 2
Lite and it's almost like its not there.


I machine applique the exact same way with wonderful results and it got me a blue ribbon in our local county fair. On small wall hanging I even use it for the "quilting" and there is no problem going through the 3 layers. Bernina does a fabulous job.

Sue Babich

I also machine applique the same way you do . You just can't go wrong with Steam a Seam 2 . Thanks for the tutorial !

Robin Chapa

I'm INSPIRED. I think I can do this!!!! But here is my question..... we use and wash our quilts (as in, one of the twins had a leaky diaper, into the washing machine and dryer it goes-- gentle cycles of course....) so I'm curious about how this method of applique washes? I've always thought that when I attempted it, I'd have to do needle turn, where there is a turned under edge, but your method looks like something I could actually do! I just don't want it fraying in the wash later..... know what I mean? Do you have any input on this?
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Jennifer G

I went out and bought some Steam-a-Seam 2 last night as part of the last day of Joann's sale (awesome sale and coupons! got four quilting books I had wanted for awhile). I'm going to try this method, and probably cut out the centers because I wasn't sure how stiff it would turn out. I had the same question that Robin had above, regarding the wear and tear on this method. I plan to use and wash my quilts, so I wasn't sure if the fabric would fray after awhile. I know you are still new to applique, but maybe other can comment who have done the same and washed their quilts already.

Jennifer G

Oh - and ADORABLE new blog banner! I think this is the first change in banner I have seen since I started following your blog!


Do you cut your background square slightly larger and then square it up? I'm always afraid that doing the applique will draw up the background fabric some.


Beautiful job, there, Nicole! I have a bunch of baskets that are applied and ready to go but have been dragging my feet about the machine applique--I know it isn't hard but it is time consuming--though the result is just great!


Way to go Nicole, It looks great! I tried this (different method) on an applique project, and didn't like the results. I might try your approach next! Thanks for the good info.


Your appliques are looking wonderful. Is your No 25 stitch the 3 or 5 step blanket-stitch? My Bernina has both - the 5 step stitch ends up thicker because it does double stitches rather than single (if that makes sense).


Thanks for your applique tips! Your work is wonderful!


I see that you made additions to the blocks. Nice!


This is how I have been doing applique for years. I love to mix applique and pieced blocks. When I worked night shift, I would take my applique for hand sewing. My quilts have stood up well even the ones to new babies. Thanks for sharing a great method.



I just can' think of another word when I see your blocks!

Loris Mills

Thanks for sharing your tips about machine applique. I hope to do more of this and I think your use of the Steam a Seam makes all the difference....have not done this before and can see why it is needed.
p.s. I'm having a giveaway on my blog if you want to read about the new Elm Creek quilters book.

Paula Stuplich

Thank you so much for the tutorial. I am a fairly new quilter and I want to try applique. I wondered about which fusiable to use. This has been so very helpful to me.
I love your blog. I am not much for commenting but just had to today.

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