Today is Part 2 for our Halloween Quilt Along. This pattern was designed by Kim of KimberBell Designs. If your just checking in for the first time, this quilt is made up of 6 parts. Last Wednesday was Part 1. See below.
First off - WARNING lots of pictures today. There were several steps and for those of you who haven't appliqued before, I have lots of pictures for you!
Ok, the first step is obvious and super easy. Piece your background fabrics together using the dimensions in the pattern. PRESS your long vertical seams OPEN. I pressed them open because I don't like the bulk when applying appliques over seams.
Kim has the pattern all ready reversed for you! No need to reverse this image! Always stop and think about this step whenever you are doing applique. Your image needs to be reversed because you are going to fuse this to the back side of your fabric.
Now for the part that intimidates me the most! I get butterflies at this point.
There are several ways to secure your applique edges. There are some great free tutorials on the web or YouTube. I would suggest watching them. I used a blanket stitch done by machine (although I like hand stitching the best, it just takes too long). Remember to start and stop in a spot that will be the least conspicuous. I choose the corner of the hat where the flower will be. Just follow the edge of your applique. Watch your stitching as you sew and make sure you right at the edge of your applique. Sew your straight stitches just at the edge of your applique on your background fabric. The crossover stitches cross over onto the applique. Does that make sense to you? Make sure your needle position is down when you stop! If you click on my picture, you can see just above the hat band I am a smidgen over the edge into the orange background - not enough to make me unpick though :) If you notice your stitching is over that far make sure to correct it. Just take it slow but steady around the corners. Stop if you have to adjust your fabric but MAKE SURE YOUR NEEDLE IS DOWN and resume sewing in the same place or you will have a jump in your stitches. Practice on a scrap first! And practice a curve!
AND now as I look at this picture, I realize that I followed the machines advice on which presser foot to use but there is another one that is OPEN in the center and you can view the applique stitches as you go - If you have access to that presser foot USE THAT ONE! Your job will be easier. I don't know why I forgot this but I did! I will try to remember this and post pictures of it in the next applique post.
You can also zig zag the edges, but I think the blanket stitch looks best on this type of quilt. I used black thread on the gold hat band and the spider, and I used a dark golden color thread on the black hat. Orange would be another great choice!
I am almost done. The flower is just strips gathered by needle and thread. Follow your pattern for the size of strips. If you want to add tulle, you will need to purchase just a couple of inches. After gathering the strips, just hand stitch them together and attach the button. In your kit, your button is in a small bag with all of the buttons. Sandra did a really nice job of selecting these buttons.Do not attach the flower yet. Sew it to the hat AFTER the quilt has been quilted. I just placed it where it will be to show you what it will look like. The spider has legs...but that is for next weeeeeeek! We still have a few quilt kits left. Now is a good time to get yours, we still have 4 weeks left.