Tuesday Tutorial: Lining Light Applique Shapes to Avoid Show-Through

Patterson Kathy 70px Tuesday Tutorial: Lining Light Applique Shapes to Avoid Show ThroughWhen fusing light-value appliqué shapes to darker shapes beneath, sometimes the darker fabric will show through, detracting from the appearance of the appliqué.

Cover 200px 1026 Tuesday Tutorial: Lining Light Applique Shapes to Avoid Show ThroughIn the Cake & Ice Cream quilted banner pattern published in the June/July 2012 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts (and featured on the cover…what a yummy cupcake!), I made samples for some extra photographs to show how to prevent this. Let’s see how it’s done:

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Trace template shape needed of the light-colored appliqué fabric onto paper side of paper-backed fusible web. Cut out, leaving small margin beyond drawn lines. Cut a piece of white solid lining fabric slightly larger than the traced fusible web piece. Cut 2nd piece of fusible web slightly larger than the white solid piece. Cut a piece of the light-value appliqué fabric slightly larger than the 2nd fusible web piece.

 

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Fuse the larger, untraced piece of fusible web to wrong side of light-value appliqué fabric. Remove paper backing.

 

 

 

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Fuse white solid fabric piece to wrong side of light-value fabric, protecting iron with parchment paper or Teflon® pressing sheet.

 

 

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Fuse smaller, traced piece of fusible web to wrong side of white solid fabric (again, protecting iron).

 

 

 

 

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Cut out shape on marked lines. Remove paper backing.

 

 

 

 

 

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Your lined appliqué shape is ready to fuse to the quilt! In this case, no chocolate cupcake shadows through the light-value striped cupcake base.

 

 

 

Simple, but it’s a technique anyone working with fusible appliqué should have in their bag of tricks. Give it a try!

And if you’re interested in the cupcake wall hanging pattern by Diane Nagle, you can get an instant digital download of the June/July 2012 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts here. Happy Tuesday Tutorial!

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