A number of you have asked about reverse appliqué. It may sound mysterious, but it really isn’t.

Appliqué (sometimes referred to as direct appliqué) is covering up the background fabric with motifs.

oak-leaf-reelOak Leaf and Reel from Inspired by Tradition. This is regular ol’ appliqué.

Reverse appliqué is cutting away part of a motif to reveal the background fabric, or another fabric.

rose-basketRose Basket from Inspired by Tradition. The basket has a touch of reverse appliqué. I inserted the gold fabric behind the body of the basket and when I cut out and stitched the decorative ovals, the gold was revealed.

That’s it! Nothing more to it. The stitching is all the same. Just remember:

Appliqué = Covering up what’s underneath.
Reverse appliqué = Revealing what’s underneath.

Hope this helps,
By Kay Mackenzie

Happy New Year appliqué enthusiasts!

Hey is anybody going to Road to California later this month? I got a call just a couple weeks ago offering me a spot as a vendor and I said yippee! If you’re going to be at this fabulous quilt show and conference in Ontario, California, in two weeks’ time, please come by and say hello! I’ll be in 806.

matqNow on to our January giveaway, sponsored by Martingale & Company / That Patchwork Place. Sharon Pederson is a Canadian quilter whom I’ve met a couple times, most recently when she came to give a talk at my guild. If you ever get the chance, be sure to go to one of her lectures because it is a highly amusing experience. Sharon’s book Machine Appliqué for the Terrified Quilter is intended for quilters who (like Sharon in a former life) “refer to appliqué as the A word.”

Sharon says that her book is for those who are attracted to appliqué but feel that life is too short to do hand work. Learning that she could appliqué by machine was what it took to make her a total convert! I’ll throw in my 2¢ worth and add that even if you like hand work, it’s great to throw more techniques into your appliqué bag of tricks.

rose-quiltLots of introductory information is given about fabrics, threads, needles, sewing machines, and stitches. Then Sharon takes you step-by-step through two methods: invisible machine appliqué, where the edges of the appliqué are turned and the stitches are unseen, and fusible appliqué, where the edges are raw and the stitches are visible. Reverse appliqué is also covered.

Sharon gives lessons on a variety of machine stitches, including the satin stitch, narrow zigzag, and decorative stitches, plus how to manipulate them in interesting ways. Great closeup photos accompany this information.

stained-glassThe projects in the book are mostly small and manageable, because after all, “you might be just a little bit terrified about the prospect of machine appliqué, so why further terrorize yourself by trying a queen-size project first?”

If you’re more of a visual learner, you might be interested in the DVD, a separate item. A sample lesson from it is available for viewing on the Martingale website.

Whether you’re terrified or not, this is one great resource for those interested in machine appliqué! Leave a comment by 7:00 p.m. California time on Wednesday, January 6, to enter the drawing for the book. U.S. and Canada only, unless you’d be willing to pay the shipping.

eab-cdThe winner gets my book Easy Appliqué Blocks too, with its companion CD that lets you print 50 designs in 5 sizes!

Until next time,
By Kay Mackenzie

Susan Brubaker Knapp of Blue Moon River emailed me to let me know that she’s going to be offering at least one appliqué tip a month on her blog, as she releases blocks for “Bohemian Bouquet,” her 2008 Mystery Block of the Month quilt.

Susan’s first tip is already up… a very handy post on how to handle appliqué shapes where the interior is cut out.

You might want to subscribe to Susan’s blog so that you won’t miss the rest of her great tips!

Until next time,
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