The Freezer Paper Applique Method is popular, surprisingly easy and completely satisfying.
It attends to all those important details which are so important: like smooth edges, clean tucks and sharp lines. Whilst traditional needle turn applique is my favourite and most cherished technique, this is the technique I use the most. It's so practical. If you haven't tried it - I can only recommend that you do.
Simply brush fabric edges with starch
Turn with a hot iron, using the freezer paper insert as your edge guide
Remove the freezer paper easily
Inner view of turned piece
the completed applique shape
I know many of you are familiar with this technique, however from the emails I have received this week I realise that there are still some quilters who are not confident using this method.
This is the technique I will be using throughout Hearts Desire and as there is so much applique in this BOM, I have decided to show some more detail in the slides below.
Coming up in this BOM, you will be creating applique leaves ...so I have created a leaf in the tutorial below which shows exactly how I do it.
2015 update: I'm re-posting this technique which was first posted in 2011 as I'm asked about it so often. This is the same technique I use today except that these days, I replace the freezer paper with a wash away fusible instead. The method remains the same.