Afraid of Appliqué? Edyta Sitar Offers a Solution

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As far as Moda fabric designer Edyta Sitar’s concerned, it doesn’t get any better than appliqué. “It lets me totally express myself,” she says. “It’s like coloring with fabric.”
While lots of us enjoy that idea, we’re just a little afraid of appliqué—though the results are undeniably lovely, the process seems time consuming and fraught with opportunities for error.

Fear not! So that the scaredy cats amongst us can enjoy appliqué, too, Edyta’s come up with some products that will increase accuracy, save time, and still provide plenty of opportunities for creativity and fun.

First came Silhouettes, individual laser-cut appliqué shapes with pre-applied, fusible webbing. Recently Edyta added Laseys to her Laundry Basket Quilts line of products—similar to Silhouettes, they’re a larger, laser-cut piece of adhesive-backed fabric. Both come in fabrics that coordinate with Edyta’s lines for Moda, and new coordinates will be appearing this spring.

“These give you a spectacular start on your appliqué,” says Edyta. “The laser cutting means the edges don’t fray and they’re cut from the same fabrics that I use, so you can just open the package, coordinate the colors, and follow the layout, putting your quilt together like a puzzle.” Once the pieces have been fused to the background fabric, Edyta likes to use one of her two favorite methods of stitching using her Aurifil threads: either zigzagging around the piece using cotton thread in the bobbin and invisible nylon thread on top, or using the buttonhole stitch with cotton thread in both the top and bobbin. If you choose the nylon-thread method, Edyta advises lowering your tension to prevent the stretchy nylon thread from pulling to the top. (Edyta shares more detailed recommendations on YouTube, here.)

Triangle Star quilt before Laseys
Triangle Star Quilt with Laseys added
Edyta first created Silhouettes to go with her Spring Bouquet quilt and is especially excited about the newest Silhouettes, due out this month, that will coordinate with her new Spring Sprouts quilt pattern. “Some people don’t have time to do a large quilt, so I designed this with smaller blocks and fewer pieces in each block—it can be a mini-block-of-the-month,” she says.

Spring Sprouts Quilt

While Laseys and Silhouttes harmonize with Edyta’s patterns, they make great additions to any quilt project. Last spring she offered a Silhouettes challenge on her blog, and readers combined the pieces with buttons, embroidery stitches, and selvedges to create lampshades, purses, and pin cushions, along with table runners, pillows, and wall hangings. You can see photos of the projects here. There are also Silhouette letters for perfect for making banners to celebrate birthdays and the love of sewing.

Edyta would like to share Laseys with one lucky blog reader. These Laseys coordinate with her Triangle Star quilt, but can be used in a variety of projects. Leave a comment by February 6 about applique below and we’ll post the winner’s name  on February 7. 

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82 comments on “Afraid of Appliqué? Edyta Sitar Offers a Solution

  1. Deb C says:

    Appliqué does intimidate me a bit, but I do love the results. I think this product would be fabulous to work with on a quilt project.

  2. Cindy says:

    Never thought about using invisible nylon thread on top with the cotton thread in my bottom. Thank you for the wonderful tip.

  3. I have not done much applique. I’ve never really been taught how to do good applique, so I have steered clear of working with it in the past. Thanks for the great tips.

  4. I love your work. You are such an inspiration to us all. Keep them coming. I saw a post last night about your new book can hardly wait. Your work is beautiful.

  5. bertiequilts says:

    I totally love the “Spring Sprouts” quilt and would love to do it… beautiful

  6. bertiequilts says:

    forgot to say that I love applique.. but mine has all been freezer paper type so I am getting ready to start a project using the method of fusible web..

  7. Jacqueline says:

    Would love to try out your Laseys.. thanks so much for a chance.

  8. Donna says:

    What a great idea! I love the look of applique, but have not done much. I think this is just what I need to jump start my adventure!

  9. Regina says:

    Oh how fun – applique always intimidates me – these are less intimidating!

  10. Elin says:

    I have always loved combining applique with pieced blocks and just bought the applique silhouettes stencils and would love to see more stencils in the future.

  11. Béa says:

    I always loved all sortes of applique and would be happy to win these silhouettes, impossible to find where I live !

  12. Kerry says:

    I love the look of applique. I prefer turned edge but I really don’t have the time to do it and my results always look rubbish! I heard that the closest thing to turned edge on a machine is to sew slowly, turning under by hand and using a blind hem stitch but I’ve not tried it myself.

    (kerry-at-penny-dog.co.uk)

  13. Rosa says:

    I love applique and do it.I`d love try Laseys.Thanks

  14. vwlady says:

    I’m fairly new to applique. I’m still trying to find a method that works for me. I don’t have the hand control to do hand needle turn due to health issues. I have tried raw edge, the template / starch turned edge, glue & stick turned edge…but, none seem to produce the perfect effect. These laser cut pieces just might be the ticket if they don’t fray. Would love to try some! Love your Spring Sprouts pattern!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  15. I have just started my very first applique quilt…..after quilting for 15 years. Intimidating? Yes. 🙂
    I’d love a chance to win these Laseys and try my hand at some more.

  16. What a wonderful time saver. And so classy.

  17. Gill says:

    What a great idea!!
    I’ve only done a little applique – with bondaweb!

  18. Gene Black says:

    I have done a bit of appliqué but it still intimidates me

  19. martha says:

    Applique just adds that extra special touch of LOVE! to quilts.

  20. Julee says:

    I love to applique, try to do little of it everyday. I really like Edyta’s patterns as I have several of them.

  21. Barb says:

    Love applique but I never seem to get much done as it is so time consuming…would love to give the Lasey’s a try!

  22. paulette says:

    I love Edyta’s patterns and these Lacey’s just add a whole other dimension!! Love them!!
    Paulette

  23. Cathy says:

    A great invention that makes a spectacular quilt more do-able for most of us. I especially like the triangle star quilt with the applique added.

  24. Liz says:

    Beautiful quilts! Kudos to your for making your patterns accessible to all quilters.

  25. Lisa Marie says:

    Applique can turn a lovely quilt into an over-the-top amazing quilt. Edyta’s quilts are all masterpieces in my book.

  26. Potpourri says:

    Wow I love these.

  27. Anita says:

    Beautiful! I love all her books and fabrics! What a great way to get a quilt done. Thanks for the giveaway ��

  28. EngrSandi says:

    I am pretty intimidated by applique but love how it changes the look of a quilt. Thank you for this giveaway!

  29. Kathy MacKie says:

    Such pretty fabrics, I usually do a blanket stitch!

  30. Libby says:

    This is the year for applique for me ~ I would love any and all tips and inspiration. Beautiful quilts. Thanks for a wonderful opportunity.

  31. pojeda says:

    This is the first time I have seen your blog thanks to MODA. I would love to try your method of Applique. I have not tried applique because I am scared to try it! Maybe now I will try it!
    pojeda50@yahoo.com

  32. robin says:

    Edyta makes applique less scarey, that’s for sure…it has been added to my bucket list!

  33. Farm Quilter says:

    Love fusible applique but hate the drawing and cutting – these are perfect!!! Thank you so much for the opportunity to win them!

  34. Emma says:

    When i saw a applique quilt for the first timw i thought that i never could done that. I just started with one and i am already addicted to applique.
    Thank you for the give away.

  35. Krista says:

    Applique was the first quilting technique I learned and I love, love, love it! Thank you for the chance to win!

  36. CJ says:

    Oh my, I love applique. I have always begged my sister to do the applique portion for me in each quilt I make. However, 2 years ago she died suddenly. Well, I am so thankful I listened to her as she told me, “You can do it.” She was right and now I think of her as I make my own applique quilts. I hope I win !

  37. Cindi says:

    I’ve only done a couple of applique projects..I do love it but hate, hate, hate drawing the pattern on the fusible then cutting the pieces out. This seems the perfect solution to my problem. So I would love it if you could send some my way.

  38. Nita says:

    I enjoy hand applique of very simple projects. These look interesting – I’ve never tried iron-on applique.

  39. Julie says:

    Would love to have some of these. I am just starting applique so would be very helpful. Thanks

  40. bookworm says:

    I love to do hand and machine appliqué! These Laseys look like a nice shortcut when adding so many leaves and stems. Love the Triangle quilt with the leaves. You could add whatever florals you wanted with the leaves done quickly!

  41. Jeanie says:

    I’ve only been making raw edge applique projects in the past year or two and just love it. I’ve seen Edyta’s work in person and it’s fabulous!

  42. QltnRobin says:

    I LOOOVE the look of applique but do not like the tracing/cutting of all the bajillion pieces. So your new Sihouettes ane Laseys are PERFECT! Thank you for a chance to win some! I have admired your quilts since you began and they are all wonderful!

    Robin in Bellingham

  43. Mommarock says:

    Don’t love the idea of cutting all of those teensy little pieces perfectly, now if you are offering to do it FOR me.. bonus!! Oh that quilt of hers is a delight with the addition of these pieces!

  44. Denise J. says:

    I didn’t want to applique when I first began quilting but now I love it! I have several applique projects in progress now.

  45. Kathryn says:

    Wonderful idea of making applique easier. I’d love to give it a try.

  46. BrendaLou says:

    Now that I’m getting older, I find my arthritic hands and fingers find nice applique an impossibility. I’ve switched to the iron-on method. Your laser cut appliques seem like the ticket! Blessings on you and your family.
    BrendaLou in N. California

  47. Joanna says:

    I love applique. The Laseys seem to make applique easier. They add a sophisticated look to a quilt.

  48. I’ve always been intimidated by applique, but I love these designs. 2013 is going to be my year to learn! Thanks for the chance.

  49. Nicola says:

    Love the look of applique but have not had the time to learn it! The Laseys maybe the trick to get me there!

  50. Kristy says:

    I think it is wonderful that Edyta is offering these pre-cut shapes. For many it will help them just iron and sew. I enjoy applique a lot! I have Edyta’s Friendship triangle tree of life quilt hanging in my bedroom. I really enjoy her designs. Be brave and try it! You will like it! K-2916

  51. Marsha says:

    I love appliqué but just don’t have time to stitch it by hand. Her fusible method looks very doable! Can’t wait to try it.

  52. Karen M says:

    I love these laser cuts. I completed a table runner using these pieces and am looking forward to doing another project soon. Thanks, Edyta.

  53. tpott says:

    I did an appliqué BOM a few years ago, using many different methods. Some looked OK, a few were good, most were lumpy. I like Edyta’s way the best, I love the button hole stitch. Thanks for showing us that it’s possible to have beautiful appliqué, even if needle turn is just not working for us. ;->

  54. hueisei says:

    Thanks for this great idea. I always loved all sortes of applique but I had done a few of my projects with applique. I stitch it by hand using blanket stitch.

  55. LJ says:

    I love the look of applique though I’ve only done machine applique. I do love Edyta Sitar – I have a winter table topper kit of hers that I must get going on.

  56. Applique is a little scary but it add so much to a quilt. Your pictures sure show the difference it makes.

  57. Fiesta says:

    I love to appliqué and I mostly needle turn. I would love to win these.

  58. Tamie says:

    I keep trying appliqué. One day it may come easy to me.

  59. scottylover says:

    I haven’t tried fusible applique yet. These would be a great way to try it out!

    Sandy A

  60. Karen says:

    I’ve just completed two small applique projects, and they say “practice makes perfect”… I don’t know if practice will, but I suspect these two products could!… it makes sense that there should be such a thing!

  61. Linda says:

    These sound like wonderful ways to help those afraid of applique to give it a try. Bravo!

  62. KMSC says:

    Edyta has designed some intricate applique quilt patterns that intimidate me, even though I love hand applique. Her “laseys” make intricate applique very doable.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  63. KatheG says:

    I don’t mind doing applique at all but then it isn’t done by hand – yet. This product sounds real intriguing and wouldn’t mind trying it. Another on the to do list! Thanks for sharing.

  64. Sandy says:

    What a difference the applique makes to those quilts. I love the look of applique but not the work involved. Her fusibles look wonderful. Thanks for the opportunity to win!=)

  65. I would LOVE to try this product. Cutting out applique is my least favorite step, and the laser cut edges would be great!

  66. Regina says:

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  67. Regina says:

    I Love Edyta’s quilt. I have always appliqued by hand, maybe it’s time for a change. Would love to win, thanks for the chance.

  68. cathy says:

    I have the Spring Sprouts pattern but have been waiting for time to make the quilt. Winning the Lasey’s would certainly jump start the process.

  69. JaneB says:

    You had my attention with laser cut and don’t fray. Really? That would be heaven. I love the look of appliqué, but I’ve been afraid to try much more than a few pieces.

  70. Janan says:

    I was a participant in Edyta’s Silhouette challenge. I had never used the Silhouettes before, but I was oh, sew, sew pleased with my project. I made the purple coneflower pincushion. I blanket stitched around each petal. I just love these Silhouettes and this technique.
    Edyta is sew, sew talented!

  71. Susan says:

    I love appliqueing – these look fun – usually my applique is a tad wobbly as cutting them out myself isn’t the best. Laser cutting sounds great.

  72. quiltma says:

    I love the looks of applique but I’ve never been able to accomplish it. I have watched Edyta’s tutorials and would love to try her method.

  73. LindaBee says:

    I love applique but find it frustrating. I’d love to give this a try. Thanks for the chance to win.

  74. Elizabeth says:

    My goal this year is to do an applique quilt. Didn’t know about Lasey’s, but will definitely learn more about this product before starting my quilt. Glad I found this post. Thank You!

  75. pajtr says:

    Oh, my, but this is beautiful! It’s just what I need! (Love the look of appliqué, but it takes me soooo loooonnnnggg to draw/cut/sew!) Thank you for removing all my appliqué stumbling blocks!
    Pat T.

  76. jmniffer says:

    I am new to applique…love the difference it made in the star quilt. I would love to give these a try…thanks for the chance at your giveaway.

  77. heartsease54 says:

    I have discovered that I love needleturn applique. I haven’t really tried too much of the raw edge, but if I did, I would use Edyta’s laser cuts. Thanks for the chance to win some.

  78. damaged says:

    I do all my appliqué by hand. I might try buttonhole stitch on these.

  79. Casandra says:

    I love applique, both needle turn and fusible raw edge methods. The prep time is the only negative for me and this product would solve that problem! I would love to try these out and get to the fun, creative part quickly! Thank you for the giveaway.

  80. Char Crosby says:

    These could be the beginning of my success story as an appliqué master! I’ve a long way to go to reach that status, having completed just one appliqué quilt this past year. But I will make more. The bug has bitten me!
    Charlotte Crosby, Traverse City,MI

  81. sophie says:

    I have come to love all kinds of appliqué, too and would love the opportunity to play with Edyta’s Silhouettes.

  82. Applique adds so mush to a quilt! It can take the quilt from a lovely crafted item to an awesome heirloom or a piece of art. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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