I have wanted to do a quilt like this for a long time, but I have a serious dislike of applique. It's really the very last thing I want to do when it comes to quilting. I don't like the extra thickness from using Wonder-Under or something similar. I'm also not interested in starching each piece a million times to use that method. I know there are multiple methods, but none of them appealed to me so this design never happened...until now.
See, last time I was spray-basting a quilt, I thought, "I wonder if this would work for applique." I decided to give it a try on a baby quilt for a friend. I used a piece of Kona snow about 45" x WOF for the quilt top, spray basted my quilt as usual, then sprayed the individual circles and just smacked them on top of the quilt in a random arrangement. I laid out several circles at a time and sprayed them in a group over a few layers of paper towels.
Then I quilted it like crazy with a pebble quilting design. I made sure I was about 1/4" from the edges of all the circles. After washing they frayed quite nicely.
The back is pieced with the fabric I had left after cutting the circles as well as a couple Kona solids I found in the stash. I didn't originally plan to put circles on the back too, but as I was piecing I found a flaw in the very center of one of my Kona fabrics. I just plopped a couple circles on top of it. I added a few extra so it didn't look lonely.
Pros of using 505 for applique:
- Super Quick & Easy--no ironing, no starching, no zig-zag stitching around the edges
- I sprayed the circles pretty lightly. They started lifting off as I moved my quilt around. I think it would have been better had I sprayed them more heavily. The edges of the circles got caught on my darning foot several times. I had to be more careful than usual.
Overall it was totally worth it. I don't think I'd do it on anything larger than a baby quilt, but I like applique just a little more today than I did last week.
The baby for this little quilt is due in about a month. I hope she likes it!