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Hand Appliqué Made Easy

with Mimi Dietrich
Hand Appliqué Made Easy
Make your appliqué more portable and your projects more personalized. Learn essential hand-appliqué techniques, and bring playful imagery to life alongside Mimi Dietrich.

Learn how to hand appliqué with acclaimed instructor Mimi Dietrich, and create thirteen blocks for an adorable sampler quilt. You'll learn to pick fabrics and supplies for the best hand-appliqué results. Create straight and curved bias appliqué stems. Make the basic appliqué stitch work for you. Use freezer paper appliqué for pieces with beautiful points and perfect curves. Work with glue-stick techniques for easier, faster hand appliqué. Eliminate basting with needleturn, and keep appliqué pieces exactly where you want them with back basting. Hand appliqué circles with smooth edges. Plus, finish fabulous blocks with tips for layering your appliqués, quilting and more. Create charming imagery for quilt projects you and your loved ones will cherish.

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Lesson plan

37:57

Lesson 1. Introduction to Hand Appliqué

  • Meet your instructor, quilting expert Mimi Dietrich, as you jump into this fun and welcoming class. You’ll learn how to choose the best fabrics, needles, thimbles and more as Mimi shares ways to start your hand-appliqué projects with the best tools for success.

44:09

Lesson 2. Appliqué Stitch Techniques

  • Transform your hand-appliqué concerns into confidence as you start your first practice stitches. Mimi demonstrates how to prepare basic stem shapes before securing them with simple appliqué stitches. Her close-up instruction and insightful explanations will help you master her techniques to stitch quickly and methodically!

52:03

Lesson 3. Freezer Paper Techniques

  • Whether you’ve used freezer paper before or you’re brand new to it, Mimi has helpful tips for students of all experience levels. You’ll learn how to create templates out of freezer paper and hand baste around each of your appliqué shapes. Gain confidence and skill as you move from straight sections into stitching around crisp points and gentle curves.

20:38

Lesson 4. Glue Basting

  • Glue basting can be a quilter’s best friend, and Mimi has secrets up her sleeve to make it as fun and easy as possible! You’ll learn which projects can be glue basted as you secure your appliqué and stitching using the same precision that you applied in hand basting. Finally, Mimi shows you how to remove your freezer paper in one easy step after your appliqué has been secured.

37:24

Lesson 5. Needleturn Techniques & Back Basting

  • Discover the timeless practice of needleturn with helpful troubleshooting tips along the way. Mimi walks you step by step through the process of threading, stitching and gently turning the fabric under to create sharp, clean lines and daintily hidden stitches. You’ll also learn a fun back-basting technique as you go!

24:06

Lesson 6. Circles

  • Apply your new hand-appliqué skills to the ultimate challenge in curves: circles! You’ll learn how to quickly and easily create symmetrical circle pieces before stitching them with care. Mimi explains how to make smooth, even edges in your designs, including ingenious techniques that seem to work almost like magic!

32:20

Lesson 7. Layered Appliqué Techniques

  • Finish the class with an exciting overview of various layered appliqué techniques. Using the designs shared in class (or any designs of your choosing), you’ll layer various appliqué pieces to create an eye-catching dimensional effect. Next, Mimi shows you how to press and trim your blocks before walking you through creative and user-friendly hand-quilting ideas to turn your blocks into darling quilts.

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