Cast of Characters
Depression Era Art
Double Exposure
Keeping Us in Stitches
Pieced Quilts
Applique Quilts
Whole Cloth
English Paper Piecing
Foundation Piecing
Activities & Resources
A Matter of Style
Making Connections
      Traditional Appliqué Technique

On a piece of light cardboard, the quilter draws an appliqué motif full size and cuts it out with scissors. The quilter places the cardboard motif onto fabric and traces around it carefully with a pencil. 

Motif diagram

The next step is to cut out the fabric motif with one-quarter inch extra on the edges for a seam allowance. The extra quarter-inch seam allowance is folded under on all sides and is finger-pressed to stay folded. 
The applique techniquecardboard is removed. The quilter pins the motif onto the background fabric in the right place according to the design. 

The quilter threads the needle with the same color thread as the motif and sews around the edges of the motif catching the background fabric with tiny, invisible stitches.



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