First attempt at sketch-style free motion applique

Well! I never thought I’d see the day but here I am all excited about free motion stitching! I’ve been experimenting with fusible applique using ‘Wonder Under’ double sided fusible. My motivation has been the rather rash decision to demonstrate the technique to a bunch of ladies at our monthly craft group meeting. My inspiration came via an hour long workshop by Gail Lawther at the Sandown Quilt Exhibition back in April.

I’ve made these applique pictures into greetings cards as our craft group generally concentrates on paper craft techniques.

The fusible bit of my preparations has been going well but I’m at a bit of a loss when it comes to the ‘arty decorative stuff’ that can be added once the fabrics have been fused to create a picture. I’ve fiddled about with hand stitching and added beads and buttons to a couple of my examples.

There was just one fusible applique picture left to decorate. With time at a premium I decided machine stitching would have to be the main focus.

I found this excellent video on YouTube by stitchesbyjulia. She shares the process of creating a little applique wall hanging from scraps, using several different techniques including sketch stitching. I’ll definitely be watching more of Julia’s videos.

I stitched around the clouds and across the waves with a grey thread before switching to black thread and diving straight into the sketch stitching. It was so quick! I’m really pleased with the result 🙂

I may add a button to represent a flag on the boat mast and maybe some beads to add a bit of sparkle to the sea…