Quilt Designer Karen Walker demonstrates her method for adding reverse applique to her quilt projects.
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Different appliqué sewing methods are useful when working on quilt projects and original designs.
However, the reverse application stands out among these because it has an aesthetically dynamic quality, adding depth and dimension to the image.
What is reverse application?
The reverse application is cutting away one layer of fabric to reveal another layer underneath.
How to sew reverse appliqué on your quilt projects:
- First, sew one layer of fabric on top of the other, just along the border of the shape.
- Then, trace the outline of the cut-out shapes to be removed from the top layer of fabric. You can use chalk, pencil, or a water-soluble marker, all of which will spread easily later. Remember not to iron it until you have washed the contour, or you have accidentally heated it.
- Then, make a hole in the shape to be removed, and cut carefully in the traced shape. Be careful not to cut the layers of fabric underneath. Leave a 1/4″ of fabric in the traced outline, so you can fold the edges for a finished look.
- Snip the corners of the remaining tissue diagonally so it is easy to turn under. Fold and press the edges under the top layer of fabric.
- Sew along the cut-out shape, using the needle to turn the edge under. Using some liquid seam sealant at the edges will help keep the fabric from fraying. Use a thread that matches the bottom layer of fabric to make the stitchwork look super neat and tidy.