A is for Appliqué

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A is for Appliqué

When you’re making a quilt top, there are typically two techniques you can use. You can piece small pieces of fabric together to create a larger piece, and you can appliqué small pieces of fabric onto a larger piece of fabric to create a picture or a pattern.

My favorite technique and specialty is appliqué stitched using my embroidery machine, or machine embroidered appliqué.


The Happy Popup Collection

The Happy Popup Collection
Stitched on a BERNINA 880
Featuring AURIfil Cotton Mako thread and Michael Miller’s Fairy Frost fabric

For machine embroidered appliqué there are 7 basic steps:

  1. Prepare your appliqué shapes
  2. Prepare your background fabric
  3. Prepare your hoop
  4. Position the background fabric on the hoop
  5. Place your appliqué shapes
  6. Change colors as desired
  7. Complete some finishing touches

If you’re new to machine embroidered appliqué, or even if you don’t have an embroidery machine but you’d like to see how it works, or if you need a quick refresher, I have a “Back to Basics” video tutorial just for you. Click here to watch.


The Daily Deal

The “Back to Basics” video tutorial features a design from the Happy Popups Collection.
From 12:01pm on June 23, 2017 until 11:59pm on June 25, 2017, everything Happy is 20% off!

Enter the promo code “A2Z-A” at the checkout.

Add to Cart Happy Popups Collection, $60.00
(Delivered as a digital download. Optional CD available at the checkout)

Add to Cart Happy Tuffet Collection, $45.00
(Delivered as a digital download. Optional CD available at the checkout)

Add to Cart Happy Quilting Collection, $50.00
(Delivered as a digital download. Optional CD available at the checkout)

Add to Cart Happy Table Runner, $10.00
(Delivered as a digital download)

Add to Cart Happy Wine Bottle Tote, $10.00
(delivered as a digital download)

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What I love about these collections… well, they just make me happy! The original Happy Table Runner has been converted into a box window cushion which is happily installed in the box window in my kitchen. The kids love to sit on it while eating a snack. The Happy Tuffets are well used while looking beautiful in my living room. The extra large Happy Popups grace the entrance to my bedroom while the medium and large Happy Popups hang out in my studio. The Happy Wine Bottle Tote sits on my kitchen counter surrounded by candles and my two orchid plants. It doesn’t enclose a bottle of wine, just an empty water bottle for right now, but it makes me happy to see it there.

Happy Popups Collection

The Happy Popups Collection Stitched on a BERNINA 880 featuring AURIfil Cotton Mako 50wt thread and Michael Miller’s Fairy Frost fabric

The Happy Tuffet Collection

The Happy Tuffets Collection Stitched on a BERNINA 880 featuring AURIfil Cotton Mako 50wt thread and Michael Miller’s Fairy Frost fabric

The Happy Wine Bottle Tote

The Happy Wine Bottle Tote Stitched on a BERNINA 880 featuring AURIfil Cotton Mako 50wt thread and Michael Miller’s Fairy Frost fabric

Happy Table Runner

The Happy Table Runner showcasing the Happy Quilting Collection Stitched on a BERNINA 880 featuring AURIfil Cotton Mako 50wt thread and Michael Miller’s Fairy Frost fabric

24 Comments

  1. Jeannine Spencer

    Love the tips

  2. Your machine-embroidered appliqué pieces are absolutely beautiful!

  3. The wine bottle tote is so lovely. I am going to stitch some of these to use as hostess gifts and the colors could be changed for holidays!

  4. Thanks. It is fun to see a new idea every day!

  5. Gorgeous and great tips. I like the steps makes it a whole lot easier . Videos are wonderful .

  6. I made a change purse so I can find my change and credit cards quicker. I have had so many compliments on it.

  7. Appliqué is actually my favorite!

  8. Had not seen the Happy Table Runner before. It is lovely. 💖

  9. Thank you for sharing, Sarah! I have your collections already and have “happily” put them to good use with the table runner and the pop up can! Can’t wait for more!

  10. Thanks for the great info!

  11. Are you ever going to come out with kits for making your projects? In the town that I live I have the option of shopping at Walmart or a small town fabric shop. Not very exciting at both stores. It is so hard to purchase fabric online.

    • Hi Alice,
      I was thinking about kits just yesterday! Not sure is the answer to your question for now – but that may well change to a “yes” in the future 🙂

  12. Barbara Goodman

    Do we get points if we already own the collection?

  13. Beautiful collection!

  14. Love all the creative possibilities.The colors you chose are beautiful!

  15. I really want a machine. I’ll purchase some of your designs, then. I really want some tuffets and popups, too.

  16. Nancy’s Notions has a form on sale for $49. FYI, so far thats the least expensive I have found and its in the States!!
    Thanks for all you do Sarah, we love your designs.

  17. Just lovely!

  18. Now my Family of Happy Collections is complete!! Thank you for the discount.
    What a great idea, Sarah. Love all of your helpful tips. Your instructions are so precise and clear….a pleasure to work with your designs and techniques. Also, always good to have a refresher course in video form. Thanks so much.

  19. Love machine embroidery applique.

  20. I made your “Life on Berkley Street” quilt, so this will be a fun time going from A to Z!

  21. Thank you for the wonderful tips. Will watch the video later. Just really beautiful. All I need is time away from work.

  22. I love this collection! I have it and just need to bite the bullet so to speak! Thanks for all the information!

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