I love making fabric collages like this colorful flower pillow with a picket fence. An old chenille bedspread became my white pickets. Vintage floral trim twines across the fence.
Behind the white pickets–flowers! I cut and appliqued blooms and leaves from 7 different sources including a grandma pillowcase, a 1970s polyester flower and two discontinued decorator samples.
My technique for appliques is always the same:
- I cut and arrange my pieces.
- Quilters temporary spray adhesive holds them in place.
- Next I channel quilt all the layers using my presser foot as a stitch guide. Having a walking foot on my machine makes all the difference at this step. Even small pieces don’t shift and pucker.
- Finally, I zig-zag over the raw edges with a satin stitch. Don’t make your stitch too tight and perfect. It’s better to go around twice with a looser stitch (stitch length about 1) than hang up your machine on thicker parts of the design (a pain to rip out).
Here’s a close up of my stitches:
I hope it inspires you to try some applique!
And check out other fabric collage in my ETSY shop, Kiki’s Rewind Designs.