Making My Way through Applique

My Valentine’s table runner is almost done! I got the quilting finished the other day and I’ve trimmed it up, sewn the binding together, and now I’m ready to sew the binding on.

I’ve never ventured into machine-finishing my binding before, but I may get brave and try it. I think I simply prefer the look of hand-sewn binding, but I’m intrigued by the idea of finishing a binding fast, so we’ll see.

My Valentine’s table runner has applique hearts and letters and I used two different methods to finish them. For the letters, I chose the tried and true raw-edge fusible applique method. For that method, you trace your shapes in reverse onto the backing of some fusible web, fuse the webbing to the back of your fabric, then cut the shapes out right on the line. Finally, you fuse the cutout shapes to the background fabric following manufacturer’s directions and then finish the raw edge.

Because the letters were full of curves, I choose to finish the edges using a straight stitch stitched close to the raw edge of the applique.

For the valentine hearts, I used the turned-edge fusible machine applique method. With that method, the edges are finished (turned under) and not raw. I also finished these edges with a straight stitch. If you want to learn more about this method of applique, I’ve added a tutorial for you on my Answers tab.

What about you? Do you like to do applique, and if so, what methods have you used? I'd love to know!

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