Summer Stitch Along – Appliqué (Laura’s version)

I’ve completed my piecing from Week 4 and to help with placement, I’ve drawn around the template I made in Week 1 with a chalk pencil. This is just to show me where the edges of my wrap will be and so I don’t place something amazing in any of the margins that will then get trimmed off!

Next I’ve hemmed down the English paper pieced section that I’ve made. It’s only small, if I had more time I would like to have made it larger, but I know I can fill the space with other techniques instead.

I’ve fused scraps left from the piecing to Bondaweb (double-sided fusible web). Using the templates from my paper piecing, I’ve drawn a number of shapes onto the paper backing side of the Bondaweb before carefully cutting them out.

After peeling off the backing to the fusible web, I’m starting to place the shapes down to mimic the pieced design. I love how quick this is to do! Look how fast the design builds across the space.

I’m placing the shapes so that there’s a tiny gap between them that allows the background colour to peep through. This really helps to create a tiled ‘mosaic’ effect that I’m going for. I’m not filling in every shape in the design though, sometimes I’m leaving the background which is helping to fragment the design. I really love this effect.

When I’m happy with the placement of all the pieces I fuse them in position. This combination of technique has lots of potential don’t you think? I love how the shapes can start to break free from the regime of the piecing and be a bit freer with the appliqué.

I’m excited to get this finished and will be back soon with how my printing turned out.

Bye for now,

Laura
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