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If you have an old quilt that is beyond salvation, don't just throw it away. Use it to create country-style appliques to embellish your garments or home decor items. Here's how...

1) Pick open the quilting threads so that you can separate the quilt top from the batting and backing.

2) Create an applique template. You can trace around cookie cutters, use shapes from coloring books, draw your own designs, trace over fabric motifs, whatever. I like to cut template from the lids of margarine bowls for a truly durable template.

3) Place your template over the quilt top. The applique will look best if you pay attention to the piecing and balance seam lines and patches where they will look best.

4) Trace around your template using a fabric marker.

5) Rough cut around your shape. Do not yet cut on the lines.

6) Place the rough shape on a fusible webbing product such as Heat and Bond or Wonder-Under. Fuse and then cut out on the design line.

The applique is now ready for fusing on your project. Raw edges can be satin stitched, blanket stitched by machine or blanket stitched by hand.

I have also seen these quilt shapes fused onto blank notecards to make nice gifts.

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Miss Fairchild said... (6/8/08 8:35 PM) Reply
What an idea! It just so happens I have an old quilt that some of the blocks are wearing thin, and I can't wash it anymore. Now I know what to do with it. Thank you!
Miss Fairchild said... (6/8/08 8:32 PM) Reply
What an idea! It just so happens I have an old quilt that some of the blocks are wearing thin, and I can't wash it anymore. Now I know what to do with it. Thank you!
LynnG said... (11/12/07 9:19 AM) Reply
Great idea!
 
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