Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Raw edge applique

I have had quite a few emails asking how I did my raw edge applique on my Baby Showers quilts.  I thought you might like to see some close up pictures. 

For each pieced 'droplet', I straight stitched around the whole piece about 1/8" around the edge 3 times.  I like the effect that its not perfect.... Its not messy (well, I don't think it is?!), but I like the effect:

Also, I didn't use the heat n bond like the pattern states.  I thought as I was making 2 quilts, with 16 droplets each, I would have quite a bit of waste (as you cut out the centre to make it more 'snuggly' that stiff).  I just cut them out with a template, and pinned them to my background, and stitched them down:
With my solid droplets, I went around the shape twice:
I kept the thread colour the same on each applique, cream:
I plan on quilting over the whole quilt with an edge to edge pattern - Umbrella's, so fitting!!  So, it should be pretty sturdy.
What do you think of raw edge applique?


simplestitches said...

love doing raw edge applique...bit scary the first time, but so quick and easy oh and forgiving!

Susan said...

Thanks for the tips Sarah.

KaHolly said...

I think I love it! Looking forward to getting back to my sewing space so I can give it a try! Thanks for sharing your technique.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Thanks Sarah

Sarah said...

I've never tried it. Doss it fray much with washing etc?