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Machine-Finished Hand Appliqué

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Machine-Finished Hand Appliqué
Create a gorgeous appliqué quilt without touching a hand-sewing needle. Beth Ferrier shows how to achieve heirloom results with your sewing machine.

Learn time-saving techniques that help you avoid drawn-out hand appliqué processes without sacrificing quality stitching. Beth's hand-appliqué tips help you at every step, from the initial creation and organization of templates to embellishing your quilt motifs with embroidery stitches. Efficiently cut and address the paper templates, glue-baste perfect circles and sharp points in deceptively simple techniques, then machine-stitch your motif to the background for heirloom-quality results. Put down those hand-sewing needles and pick up these machine-finishing quilt techniques today!

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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Making Appliqué Templates

  • Get to know your instructor, Beth Ferrier, as she walks you through the techniques you'll learn in class, dicusses helpful supplies and demonstrates efficient methods for making circles and templates.


Lesson 2. Fabric Values

  • Train your eye to see value in a new way as you pick up tips and tricks for choosing fabrics and color palettes that work well together.


Lesson 3. Cutting Seam Allowances

  • Learn how to make clean, efficient cuts and use mitering to your advantage. In this lesson, Beth explains how to choose the best scissors for the job, cut difficult shapes using easy techniques, and work with tiny bias stems.


Lesson 4. Glue Basting Appliqué

  • You'll be glued to these basting techniques as you practice Beth's "overs and unders" method for working with small pieces, circles and overlapping elements.


Lesson 5. Docking the Appliqué

  • All the pieces come together as you learn how to line up each piece of the motif and dock them together seamlessly. You'll be amazed when it's complete!


Lesson 6. Machine Finishing Appliqué

  • Explore the best practices for machine stitching your motifs, including bobbins, needles, feet, stitch settings and tension corrections that will set you up for success.


Lesson 7. Designing the Appliqué Layout

  • Now that the motifs are ready, you get to enjoy the creative process and create gorgeous designs of your choosing! Beth shares design tips and ways to make aesthetically pleasing choices before outlining the order of stitching and ways to remove the backing.


Lesson 8. Embellishing the Appliqué

  • The class wraps up with a myriad of embellishment ideas, including ways to add color and pop to your work with hand-embroidery, bobbin and thread techniques, and more!

"Beth is a great teacher. I'm a newbie when it comes to quilting and applique, but am fired up to start, and feel empowered to not only make a cushion cover - as planned - but even a large quilt ! Beth is calm and has a great sense of humor. The lessons are clear and have good camera angles. (...) I've been pleasantly surprised that even complicated applique and large projects are made so straightforward and look so impressive, all with Beth's help."
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