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Raw Edge Applique
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The Story Behind Tink's Reverse Reveal Raw Edge Applique
I was lucky enough to catch a Simply Quilts
episode with Kim Deneault showing a WONDERFUL
kid's project using her Trade Marked technique. The concept of the
technique appealed to me. I could see the potential for developing
a sophisticated interpretation which I call Reverse Reveal Raw Edge
I have a number of pattern designs that are currently in varying stages
of production... some, such as the Christmas Stockings, use Gold Lame',
and other do not... Either way, these are very much adult projects in
their appeal, although the execution is simple enough that supervised
children could help with them! What a Win/Win situation! ;-)
This technique is also a GREAT Stash Buster! You
can use all Stash for all of the layers for a dynamic, scrappy look. You
can also provide visual unity by using the same fabric(s) for the first
layer and backing with the other layers pulled from stash!
Meanwhile, for those of you who prefer a more finished look, I am
working on a technique which allows the use of Lame' but with finished
edge applique techniques. I will posting about it in the future!
Reverse Reveal Raw Edge Applique - Technique Overview
While this technique is VERY simple, forgiving, AND requires minimal
sewing experience, it is NOT intuitive. I recommend starting with a
smaller project such as one of my Christmas Stocking designs. Once
you've gone thru the process, you will realize just how simple this is!
Dear Husband/Jeffrey made the Christmas Stocking models over
Thanksgiving weekend. The snipping and cutting is what takes the most
time, so he watched some of his favorite classic movies in DVD!
Basically, the fabric is prepared by washing
it and then cutting/ripping it to size. The fabrics needed for each
block/stocking are starched and pressed. The fabrics are stacked and
layered RIGHT side down, starting with the background layer in the order
given in the pattern.
A reverse version of the chosen image is traced onto newsprint with a
sharp pointed permanent market and is lightly pinned to the WRONG side
of the stack of fabric. The images lines are stitched with a straight
stitch sewing machine, using a fairly short stitch length and
overlapping starts and stops of stitching lines by about 3/4 of an inch.
The project is RIGHT side down on the machine so the bobbin thread
should match the block’s background color (which is the TOP layer of
The block is turned over to the front, which has the RIGHT side of the
background fabric on top. The fabric is carefully trimmed away from each
stitched area, leaving a 1/4" - 3/8" margin of fabric along the
stitching lines. The actual margin width depends on the type of fabric
used and the size of the area to be trimmed.
To avoid confusion, complete the trimming on each area before moving on
to the next. Once an area’s layers are trimmed away, the fabric margins
of all of the layers are snipped, fringing them. Once all of the areas
have been trimmed and fringed, and the paper has been removed, the
project pieces are trimmed to size and assembled as directed.
The paper can be removed either before or after all of the trimming and
snipping... I tend to remove before trimming, and Jeffrey removes the
paper AFTER trimming. ;-)
Finally, the assembled project is tossed into the washing machine and
dryer. Due to the fringing, there will be a lot of lint created so check
the washer and dryer during their cycles to remove the build up. The
fringing will get softer and prettier, every time the project is
washed... it just gets better and better!
I have been working on a number of different projects
using this technique, both with and without Lame'. I will be posting
Any comments or suggestions regarding my site
would be welcomed/greatly appreciated.
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