Applique is versatile in both its style and process.
Not only does applique change according to the different fabrics you use. The varied techniques to create applique make it just as appealing.
Satin Stitch Applique
Most machine embroidered applique is created with a satin stitch edge that would be tedious to complete by hand. Jewelled Bee from Anandas Divine Designs and Bold Flower Applique from Allstitch, both shown in our header image, are examples of satin stitch edging.
Blanket Stitch Applique
Raw Edge Applique
It may seem like the opposite of what you want to accomplish, but raw edge applique is gaining in popularity. Instead of satin stitches around the edge to seal fabric, the fabric edges are left to their own devices after being secured to the base fabric with straight stitching.
Where applique adds fabric on top of other fabric, reverse applique cuts a top layer of fabric away to reveal the fabric underneath.
Reverse Floral Applique from All Stitches n Paint makes a stunning presentation by using a striking color of fabric behind a bright white surface. The design also includes quilting files great for pillows and blankets.