Most appliqué blocks have a background. The Magical Unicorn Quilt block has an ‘invisible’ background. You can’t see it because the appliqué pieces overlap each other and cover all of the background fabric. This
invisible background fabric holds the appliqué pieces in place for sewing.
It’s especially important in this quilt that the appliqué pieces are positioned precisely. The easiest way to be sure your appliqué is in
the right place is to use a placement overlay. A placement overlay is a clear
piece of vinyl with the pattern drawn on it. After placing the overlay over the
background, you slide the appliqué pieces between the vinyl and the background, using
the drawn lines for placement.
I usually trace the design onto clear upholstery vinyl for
my overlays, and it works well on most blocks. But these are BIG blocks, and the
vinyl was too heavy. I searched my brain for an alternative and came up with a
clear shower curtain liner! The best one I found was the medium-weight shower
curtain liner at Target. I used one that was frosted, but I could still see
I built my unicorn blocks on my design wall, rather than on
a table. Every now and then, I pinned the overlay up and out of the way so that
I could see how the fabrics were working together without the interference of
I machine appliquéd my Magical Unicorn quilts in stages.
When the rainbow and sky pieces were just right, I sewed them to the white
background. Then I put the block back on the wall and finished designing the
Enjoy the sewing magic!