VIDEO: How to cut teeny fabric appliques quick, quick, quick! ✂

Bird applique from A Change of SeasonsTrue story: a couple of years ago, I was prepping a project and realized that I was nearly at the end of my roll of freezer paper. When I actually remembered to pick up another roll, I was so impressed with myself! A few weeks later, I was ransacking my pantry and what did I find? You guessed it, another brand-new roll of freezer paper. These words actually came out of my mouth: “What is this doing here?” I’ll bet my “helpful” hubby put it there—silly of him to think that it belonged in the pantry, wasn’t it?

Speaking of freezer paper, here’s a fantastic video tip from Bonnie Sullivan, author of A Change of Seasons. Have you ever looked at an appliqué pattern and been intimidated by the sheer number of tiny pieces in it? Bonnie’s tip will help you cut those tiny berries and leaves quickly and accurately.

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Now that you know how to prep your appliqué pieces easily, take a look at some of Bonnie’s spring-inspired projects from A Change of Seasons:

From A Change of Seasons - Spring
Spring Blossoms and Spring Fling

From A Change of Seasons - Spring
Spring Has Sprung and Spring Chick

Spring has definitely sprung in Chapter 1 of A Change of Seasons! Bonnie devotes a chapter to each season in her book. Take a look at more of her projects here.

Kim Diehl's Best Applique Freezer PaperBy the way . . . those freezer-paper rolls for appliqué are now history (at least in my sewing room!). I switched to Kim Diehl’s Best Appliqué Freezer Paper. You get thirty 8½" x 11″ sheets that lie flat for easy tracing and cutting. You can even run the sheets through an inkjet printer or photocopier. They’re great for both hand and machine appliqué. You’ll never go back to grocery-store rolls again!

What kind of appliqué technique do you use most?

1) Hand appliqué

2) Machine appliqué

3) Fusible appliqué

4) A combination of all three!

Share your appliqué style in the comments!

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