Trying out Scrappy Applique for the First Time


If you’re a quilter, you likely have a bit of a problem… With scraps, I mean. I’ve been on the hunt for fast(er) projects so I can dwindle down my ever growing collection.

Moore Approved Scrappy Applique Leaf Mixed Fabrics Robert Kaufman Essex Linen Denim Quilted Pillow Cover FMQ Closeup

Recently, I picked up a copy of Shannon Brinkley’s book Scrappy Bits Applique. Inside are eight different quilt projects that involve making sort of a “collage” out of fabric bits.  (Moore Approved is a participant in Amazon’s affiliate program, so I earn a small commission if you purchase anything I link on this blog. I only promote products I love and truly would recommend to others.)Moore Approved Books Sale Connecting Threads

It didn’t take me long to dig into my jar of scraps and pick up a few pieces. I chose to use the collage method with lightweight fusible web. There are more than a few steps, but it was easier than I expected:

  •  Trace the leaf pattern onto the paper side of the fusible web
  • Cover the fusible web with fabric scraps
  • Set the fabrics briefly with an iron
  • Cut out the leaf
  • Peel paper backing off fusible web
  • Fuse applique piece to background fabric
  • Topstitch the raw edges (several options in the book) and zigzag stitch around the outside

Moore Approved Scrappy Applique Leaf Mixed Fabrics Robert Kaufman Essex Linen Denim Quilting

Doesn’t this look super cute? Using the tips and techniques in the book, I want to try this with other shapes – definitely a cat!

My background fabric is Robert Kaufman Essex Linen in Denim. I’m a HUGE FAN of the Essex Linen line – the texture and colors are gorgeous and it’s so versatile. Bags, clothing, home décor, quilts, it looks good in so many different ways.

Moore Approved Scrappy Applique Leaf Mixed Fabrics Robert Kaufman Essex Linen Denim Free Motion Quilting Quilted Meandering Loops

For quilting, I tried some free motion meandering loops. While they’re certainly not perfect, the Essex Linen really hides the imperfections.

I decided to make a pillow cover for an Ikea duck feather pillow I bought months ago that needed to be dressed up. It’s the FJADRAR Inner Cushion in the 16 X 26 inch size.  This line is such an amazing deal – the size mentioned is only $6.99!!! They’re great quality and feel luxurious with the most expensive size being 26 X 26 inch for $9.99. Run – don’t walk – to Ikea the next time you are in need of throw pillows.

Moore Approved Scrappy Applique Leaf Mixed Fabrics Robert Kaufman Essex Linen Denim Quilted Pillow Cover FMQ Front

There’s a lime green zipper closure on the bottom, and the lining is a brightly colored fabric gifted to me by a friend. One hint about making covers for down pillows is to make them slightly smaller than the actual dimensions so they appear “plump.”

To do this, I cut my background fabric pieces first to 17.5 X 27.5 inches. After quilting there was some shrinkage, which is to be expected. Then I cut down the quilted pieces to 16 X 26 inches. Because I used a 1/2 inch seam allowance all the way around, the covers finished at 15 X 25 inches.

Moore Approved Scrappy Applique Leaf Mixed Fabrics Robert Kaufman Essex Linen Denim Quilted Pillow Cover FMQ Back

If I ever get motivated enough, I really want to try the Around the World map quilt pattern. It looks amazing, and would be great as a wall hanging.

I’m excited to try some other applique projects, and like the fact that you don’t have to commit to an entire quilt. You can easily make appliqued bags, clothing, home décor, and gifts. I found the book inspiring and really liked the patterns included with it.

See you next time!

– Jennifer







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