Machine Embroidery Applique

I LOVE Applique. I love to design applique, and I love to sew applique. And, until lately, pretty much everything I sewed was by hand – freezer paper applique was my favorite.

That is, until sometime last year, when I decided I really needed to start sewing some of my applique projects on the sewing machine, or I would never get done. Wasn’t sure I liked it that much, but was happy with how projects photographed. And then I discovered machine embroidery applique. That is, combining stitches to both sew pieces down and to embellish.

Case in point: this is a block I’ve just finished.  It’s a sample for a machine applique class. All that was really required was a machine stitched block, but I decided to take it a little further…

It’s such  a traditional block… the Rose of Sharon. But look at how elegant it becomes by just adding a few decorative embroidery stitches. I’m in love!

Playing, when I should be working. This makes me happy! 🙂

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  1. Posted August 29, 2013 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    That block is beautiful. Great job with the threads and the pretty fabrics!!

  2. Posted August 30, 2013 at 2:34 am | Permalink


    I have seen fancy embroidery stitches used on the edges of applique pieces but not within the pieces as you have done … don’t like them around the edge, but they look wonderful as you have used them!

  3. Irene
    Posted September 7, 2013 at 12:04 am | Permalink

    I agree with Virtual Quilter, decorative stitches within the pieces give them a special touch. I think you aren’t playing, you are art creating.