Fusible appliqué made easy with Pat Sloan (+ big giveaway!)

Projects from Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Applique

Moda fabric designer, American Patchwork & Quilting Radio host, prolific author, traveling teacher, quilt-along queen (six already hosted in 2015!), and social-media maven (with a reach of 130,000 between sites, blog, Facebook, and Instagram)—it’s none other than Pat Sloan!

What’s next for this beloved quilting personality, known for her boundless creativity and contagious enthusiasm?

She’s going to teach you her five-star methods for fusible appliqué!

Pat Sloan's Teach Me to AppliquePat says you don’t have to settle for fusible appliqué that feels stiff as a board; with her appliqué techniques, your appliqué will feel soft and cuddly—just like a quilt should feel. Pat’s spent years refining her approach, and you’ll be amazed at how quick and easy her “doughnut” method is to master. Learn all about it in Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Appliqué.

Pat’s new book is filled with step-by-step appliqué how-to featuring detailed photos of techniques, along with eight of Pat’s pretty projects.spacer 10px deep

How-to pages from Pat Sloan's Teach Me to Applique
How-to pages from
Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Appliqué

Practice Pat’s techniques as you make the beautiful projects in the book; then substitute her method in any appliqué pattern you choose.

We’re thrilled to have Pat as a guest blogger today at Stitch This! so she can tell you more about Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Appliqué. But first…take a look at today’s amazing giveaway, curated by Pat herself!


GIVEAWAY ALERT! Pat has a lot of friends in the quilting business—and she’s sharing their generosity today! The following companies are offering today’s very special giveaway prizes:

Pat Sloan giveaways

Moda Fabrics: Two Layer Cake bundles and one batik fat-quarter bundle from Pat Sloan’s latest fabric line, The Sweet Life.

Aurifil Threads:The Perfect Box of Colors” collection, curated by Pat: 12 large spools of 50wt cotton thread in a variety of colors.

Havel’s Sewing: Sew Creative 8″ Fabric Scissors and Snip-Eze Multi-Use Comfort Scissors.

Therm O Web: A 35-yard bolt of HeatnBond® Lite, a paper backed, iron-on, sewable, double-sided adhesive for bonding fabric without extra weight or stiffness.

Learn how you can win one of three prize packages PLUS a copy of Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Appliqué at the bottom of this post.

And now, let’s welcome Pat!


Pat SloanHave you wanted to try appliqué, but thought it might be hard? Do you think you might have to do handwork when you prefer to use your machine? Or maybe you thought the only way to do fusible appliqué was by creating stiff shapes?

I’m here to tell you none of those things happen when I appliqué! It’s not hard, you do it on your machine, and it’s soft and flexible with my methods, yeah!

I didn’t start out as a quilter who appliquéd, but I became one as soon as I could! I longed to create flowers and shapes with curves, and to add fun images to my work. Appliqué gives total freedom of design and it’s easy, fast, and most of all fun!

My book is written like a class with step-by-step photos, tips and sidebars, and loads of examples. I’ve taught thousands of quilters to appliqué and I can teach you too!

Closeup of fusible applique in Aunt Bea's Bouquet quilt
Close-up of appliqué from “Aunt Bea’s Bouquet”

Even if you already know how to do fusible appliqué, you might have a few questions…like “Why is my machine blanket stitch going off into space when I turn?” There are several reasons why. Ask yourself:

  • Did you pivot while your needle was in the shape instead of in the background?
  • Does your blanket stitch have a double bite or a double straight line, and you turned before it was ready?

In Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Appliqué, I show you how to check for these things plus a lot more!

Applique threads when stitchedAnother important part of your appliqué is the thread you use. Are you curious about different-weight threads and how they will look? I explain all the weights and share what they look like when stitched. Here’s just one stitching example at right.

You can use this book as a class by making the first project, “Sweet Bea’s Bouquet,” and following my step-by-step tutorial to complete it. It’s small—just 24″ square—and the shapes have gentle curves and rounded “points” so it’s easy to make. Even if this is your first appliqué project.

Sweet Bea's Bouquet quilt
Pat’s first project in Teach Me to Appliqué: “Sweet Bea’s Bouquet”

The other projects include various amounts of appliqué, from a popping flower and checkerboard quilt to my “Farmers’ Market” quilt, which features many different appliqué shapes. And speaking of “Farmers’ Market,” I’ll be hosting a sew-along to make the quilt, starting this summer. Perfect timing for making an appliquéd quilt with me! Check your local quilt shop to see if they’re hosting a sew-along too.

Farmer's Market applique quilt
“Farmers
Market” quilt

This is the first book in my “Teach Me” series. Use it as a reference guide and a pattern book. Look for more books to come in the series!

Now Let’s Go Sew!


What kind of appliqué techniques have you tried in the past: hand, machine, fusible…all three? Tell us in the comments and you could win one of three “The Sweet Life” fabric bundles from Moda, one of the prizes from our friends at Aurifil, Havel’s Sewing, or Therm O Web, PLUS a copy of Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Appliqué! We’ll choose three random winners one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck!

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winners are:

Myra, who says: “I’ve tried all three but like machine and fusible the best. I hope I am one of the lucky winners.” (You are, Myra!)

Sharon, who says: “Love to do by hand, and I’ve used the fusible ala Eleanor Burns to make nice neat appliqués, but I still do it the old fashioned way: needle turn and embroidery blanket stitch. Seems to add that last personal touch, I put a little appliqué on all my baby quilts, Overall Sam, Sunbonnet Sue, hexagon lamb, last was a huge frog, and I have a bird for my next. Love your ideas! Thanks for the giveaway.”

Debbie, who says: “My first appliqué project using fusible webbing was from your book Pat Sloan, Berry Hill Quilts, started in 2008 and finished in 2013. In a local quilt show, it won 1st place in the wall-hanging appliqué category. I’d love to win your new book and learn more about appliqué.”

We’ll email you about your prizes. Congratulations!


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