Appliqué and I have a love-hate relationship. I love the look of appliqué sometimes, and I’ve tried several methods, from needle turn to fusible and most things in between. No method is perfect.
And just to show that I really have tried, here are some samples:
So, when I wanted a space alien to go on a quilt recently, I gave the appliqué process some serious thought. This fabric is part of the background for a wonky star quilt I’m making, and I wanted one block to be a space alien to go with the theme.
Then I had an idea (drum roll, please). The folks at C&T recently asked me to be an ambassador for Kraft-Tex, and since I was already a Kraft-Tex user and had blogged about it 3 times, I agreed. They sent me some free Kraft-Tex!
Actually, I had already bought this black Kraft-Tex for another project, but I just want you to know that, for the first time ever, I have accepted a donated product for use in my blog.
I’ll have a tutorial on this whole quilt when it’s finished, but here’s an overview of how I used Kraft-Tex to avoid traditional appliqué . I cut out the alien’s head using one of my circle cutters and attached it to the block with washable glue stick. Then I cut the outline from black Kraft-Tex and put it over the raw edge, with the raw edge kind of centered underneath.
The eye stalks and eyes were cut from Kraft-Tex and all the Kraft-Tex was glued down with the same washable glue. That all worked well. I then machine-stitched near the edges of the Kraft-Tex using a size 70 needle and matching thread. Voila! I didn’t have to fool with fusibles, bias strips, or much of anything at all.
Kraft-Tex is washable, and I’ll be interested to see how it does in this quilt. It is stiffer than fabric, but I think that will be OK given the small amount I used on this twin-size quilt.
I can especially see using Kraft-Tex this way in art quilts very soon!
I’ll let you know how this all turns out!