July 28, 2010

I’m resting up from a week in Long Beach. The trip went well despite a dead battery on the way down. I handled it (I am woman, etc.) and after that everything went as planned, within normal operating parameters.

You may remember me posting about some random hunks of patchwork I had dug out of the UFO pile.

I had an idea! I thought of the fusible interfacing method for turned-edge appliqué! I felt this was a natural for making something appliqué with all those seams.

I marked the hearts on the smooth size of the interfacing and pinned in place over the right side of the patchwork.


I did a whole tutorial on this method over at the Show & Tell Center. Check out The Anatomy of a Lollipop for a refresher.

Shortened up the stitch length a bit and sewed all the way around each shape, on the drawn line.


Cut out the hearts, leaving a 1/8″ seam allowance. Clipped the notches.


Cut a slit in the interfacing and turned the hearts. A quick run along the seam with a craft stick and a poke at the tip with a stylus and that’s it! They look like a stack of fluffy pancakes.


I know from making gobs and buckets of lollipops that these will smooth out and flatten when they’re fused to their backgrounds.patchy5

I thought I was now done with those hunks of patchwork. However, as the project went along, I found myself pulling the bigger scraps back out of the trash. Will this never end!!!?


Now what am I going to do with the hearts? Hmmm…

Until next time,
By Kay Mackenzie


9 Responses to “Patchy project coming along”

  1. Carrie P. on July 28th, 2010 1:45 pm

    How great are those hearts. I am sure you will come up with something beautiful.

  2. betsy on July 28th, 2010 3:09 pm

    Looks great Kay. That is exactly how I prepare my big applique pieces. I never thought of doing this with my scraps. Thanks for sharing Kay.

  3. Kim Jamieson-Hirst on July 29th, 2010 8:46 am

    Love the look of these, Kay. Gives me some ideas about using up some of my stash. Still haven’t tried this method, although I do want to try it. File it under the list of things to try!

  4. Emily on July 29th, 2010 8:08 pm

    Kay! I have an idea for those hearts… it’s exactly what *I* am going to do with hearts that *I* will now make with this method, thanks to you: Attach them to an existing comforter. I had planned to do something like it but didn’t know how (with hearts, even!). The only difference is I will be experimenting with using dissolvable interfacing (can’t cut away from an already assembled quilt). Although sheer weight might not be bad. Thanks for your blog, I always enjoy every bit of it.

  5. Joan on August 3rd, 2010 10:13 am

    Kay, I just wanted to add that I was at the Long Beach Quilt Show and bought one of your Teapot Applique books. I had no idea that YOU were the actual designer, author, etc. I would have introduced myself. After salivating all over your teapot quilt, I knew this is one I just HAVE to make!
    (no ideas for the hearts, know I am kind of off subject)

  6. Kris Searle on August 4th, 2010 8:44 am

    Can you tell me what type of fusible you use for this? I tried this technique once and when I tried to turn the pieces right side out, the fusible tore away at the stitching line.

  7. Kay on August 4th, 2010 8:51 am

    Hey ya’ll!

    Emily, you’ve got me thinking along a parallel line. Stay tuned! BTW since the interfacing does not fuse to the appliqué you can cut away the backing and the product. No stiff.

    Hi Joan! So glad you like the teapots! Be sure to send me a picture of what you make!

    Hi Kris! I use Pellon Fusible Interfacing, Sheer-to-Lightweight #906F. It is sturdy enough and doesn’t tear.

  8. Irene D. Renaud on December 7th, 2010 8:32 am

    Do you have a size for the hearts pattern. That is good for me to do Quilts for the nursing homes for the Ladies at the home. Thank You Irene

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