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 thoughts on “Afraid of Appliqué? Edyta Sitar Offers a Solution

  1. 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. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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)

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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 !

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

  12. 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!

  13. 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

  14. 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!

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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. ;->

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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!

  21. 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!

  22. 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.

  23. 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!=)

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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!

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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!

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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

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