Have you always wanted to try your hand at creating machine appliqué quilt designs, only to find yourself confused over the number of products out there for machine appliqué? Here to solve your stabiliser stress is Anne Sommerlad. Join Anne as she explains the difference between products and their uses and how to then create your own machine appliqué quilts.
Includes instructions and digital pattern for creating your own version of Anne’s quilt pattern Rhapsody Appliqué Quilt
Anne explains the difference between single-sided fusible, double-sided fusible and tear-away stabilisers and some common brand’s products available on the market
You’ll learn how to setup your sewing machine ready for machine appliqué
Once you understand the differences between the stabilisers, Anne shows you how to use these different products for your machine appliqué
Anne demonstrates both turned-edge appliqué and raw-edge machine appliqué, using your machine’s zig-zag, blanket and straight stitch
Detailed step-by-step instructions take you through the process for creating Anne’s stunning appliqué quilt, from cutting your fabrics through to completing the quilt
A great quilt pattern and workshop for more advanced-level quilters looking to test their machine appliqué skills
Chapter 1: Meet Anne Sommerlad (5 min)
Meet quilt teacher and designer Anne Sommerlad as she introduces you to appliqué and the many different products and techniques you can use for appliqué.
Chapter 2: Avoiding stabiliser stress (23 min)
To get started, Anne talks you through the various types and brands of stabilisers, what they do and how to use them for when working with the different methods of appliqué.
Chapter 3: Setting up your machine (6 min)
Before you start sewing, Anne shows you how to set up your sewing machine ready for working on your appliqué, from tension to thread choice.
Chapter 4: Turned edge appliqué (9 min)
To start sewing, you’ll learn how to make turned-edge appliqué with Anne’s method of turning edges, then she shows you how to machine stitching your appliqué with a small zig zag stitch.
Chapter 5: Raw-edge appliqué with zig zag, straight and blanket stitch (14 min)
Then you’ll look at how to use double-sided fusible web to create raw-edge appliqué. Then Anne will demonstrate how to machine stitch with your sewing machine’s zig zag, straight and blanket stitches.
Chapter 6: Show and tell with Anne (9 min)
Join Anne as she shows you her gallery of quilts and other projects, with many different examples of appliqué to inspire you to give machine appliqué a go.
Crochet, leather work, pottery, tatting, oil painting, knitting and cross stitch — Anne Sommerlad has tried her hand at all of them. She also describes herself as a credible dressmaker and has made most of her own clothes over the years as well as wedding dresses and costumes for school and community theatre productions. However, her life changed when she discovered quilts.
She says: “Like everyone else, I was hooked! Dressmaking fabrics soon gave way to fat quarters and the bookshelves rapidly filled with patchwork books.”
Her greatest good fortune in her quiltmaking, Anne believes, was having Susan Harris as her first patchwork teacher. She attended classes at Susan’s shop, Hearts and Hands, in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney in 1990, and describes Susan as “both a superb designer and a wonderful practitioner. She taught me sound techniques and methods that have continued to stand me in good stead and I find myself modelling my own teaching very much on what I learned from Susan. Her wise words at my machine piecing efforts still echo in my ears: ‘Slow down — you’re not dressmaking now!’ I constantly repeat this mantra to my students and it’s possibly the most important advice I can give them: take time and the results will reward you; rush and you’ll be disappointed.”
Anne’s first quilt was what she describes as “the inevitable sampler”, which she gave to her late father for his 80th birthday. “I’m happy to say that unlike many people’s first quilts, it is still enjoying life with my nephew, niece and great nephew — well worn and much loved.”
She then tackled an appliqué sampler and, even though she had been quiltmaking for less than a year, a Baltimore album quilt! “I became quite obsessive about it all (as one does). I remember doing a five-week machine-piecing course with Susan. Each week we made a sample block using a different technique and each week I went home and made a whole quilt using the technique.”
Since those early days, Anne’s interest in making quilts has led her to design and teach and she was commissioned to make the raffle quilt for the Springwood Quilt Show in 2007. “I wanted to create something a little different and designed Hanazono, which incorporated hexagon flowers, embroidery and appliqué using Japanese fabrics. The quilt was popular, the raffle raised lots of money and I sold heaps of patterns for the quilt.”
As a teacher, she enjoys the challenge of meeting the very varied needs of her students. “I always incorporate the teaching of techniques — both hand and machine — in every project that a student is working on, as I feel very strongly that, as a teacher, I have a duty to give my students the skills to become independent and creative in their own right. My mission statement is to give my students the skills to make their own choices work for them — especially fabric by placement, tone and value. I believe that every person is creative if given the right environment, skills and encouragement.”