Using Applique patterns to make quilting designs
Today I want to show you how to make a quilting design from a single motif or applique designs as you see in my art quilt Summer Reflections.
The leaves you can see in this quilt can make some really nice designs that can enhance your quilt. If you have a pattern with single applique shapes, this works great. As an example I will use the leaf shape in Summer Reflections.
The first thing I do is draw the applique shape onto freezer paper. I can then cut it out and press it (shiny side down) anywhere on my quilt. I pressed mine onto the center of a block.
Instead of freezer paper, you can use Avery labels. With the Avery labels, you just peel off the backing to expose the sticky adhesive, then press that onto your quilt with your hand (not the iron). Like freezer paper, these can be used over and over many times.
Using your free-motion skills, stitch around the freezer paper template. Once complete, the freezer paper can be peeled off and stuck down in another location. I usually make several templates to work with.
Now you have a beautifully quilted leaf with no markings on your quilt top.
If you want a continuous edging, you could link the leaves together with simple curves. I added a loop to mine just to fill in the area and make the arch a little smaller.
Or another idea is to vary the size of the leaves and then connect the tips together to make it continuous. For this design, I quilted along one side of all the leaves first (I used several templates) and then went back along the other side. By doing this, I didn't have to stop and start.
After connecting all the leaves, you might like to echo the lines to make the leaves really stand up. I'm sure you can come up with other ideas too. Perhaps you'll make some suggestions below.