Heather Thomas

Raw Edge Machine Applique

with Heather Thomas

Applique designs can come from anywhere. In this class, taught by Heather Thomas, you will see how to use existing applique designs, or create your own, to make fun blocks that can be stitched together into a quilt or used on their own in a smaller project, like a pillow.

Selecting the right iron-on adhesives and stabilizer can have a big impact on your final applique shape. Heather will discuss the types of products she prefers to use and will demonstrate a method of applying adhesive that eliminates extra fullness and helps to create dimension with stitching.

Several different stitches can be used when appliqueing a shape in place. Heather will demonstrate several stitch options and teach you the best ways to begin and end stitches around a shape. You will also learn how to incorporate several stitches and multiple stitch widths within the same applique shape.

Applique and quilting can also be done at the same time using a technique known as appliquilting. Learn several ways to do this technique including using a straight stitch, a fun stitch known as the herky jerky and a free form method known as freestyle applique.

  • 6 Sessions
  • 2h 09m
Heather Thomas

Heather Thomas

Heather is a mixed-media fiber artist with a passion for color and a dedication to teaching. After a decade of making original yet traditional work, she began venturing out toward art quilting, embellishments, and mixed media work. She is the author of "A Fiber Artists’ Guide to Color & Design" and "Fabric Embellishing: The Basics & Beyond."

Class Resource: Applique Designs

Download this PDF for a sampling of Heathers designs to use on your project.

Meet Your Expert

Download this video to listen to Heather encourage you to try your own design and don’t feel like you have to always use someone else’s design.

Bonus materials available after purchase

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