Break Out of Your Appliqué Rut!

Break Out of Your Appliqué Rut!

Posted by Deirdre Quirk on Aug 25th 2016

The best thing about appliqué is that there's so many ways to do it! It can be modern or traditional, pinned or fused, raw-edge or turned under. Teeny and cute or big and bold, combined with piecing or shining on its own, embellished or plain... the possibilities are endless. But it's also all too easy to get stuck in a rut, making the same kind of appliqué piece over and over. So if you're looking to break out of your box and try a new style or a new way of appliquéing, check out the options below! You're sure to feel inspired. 

Deborah Kemball's absolutely stunning floral appliqué is all done by hand; get all the motifs seen in the quilt above in her latest book, Euphoria Tapestry Quilts

And now for something completely different! These mind-bending visual effects are created using just circles and cornerstornes and either machine-stitched or fusible appliqué. Learn how in Double Vision Quilts!

Work on an easy-to-manage wedge block on the go, then easily piece them together to create this stunning hexagon block! Plus, get all of appliqué genius Becky Goldsmith's tips and tricks in her Hexie Garden Quilt pattern pack. 

Combine freeform appliqué with stitched, painted, and otherwise embellished details to create one-of-a-kind art quilts. Deborah Boschert shares eight design guides to stretch your creative muscles in Art Quilt Collage, as well as a complete guide to raw-edge fusible appliqué.  

Kim Schaefer is well-know for her big, playful appliqué motifs, and Playtime, Naptime, Anytime Quilts is no exception! Kids will love these giant rocket ships and mermaids, and you'll love how quick they are to make. 

What style of appliqué are you most excited to try?

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