Apliquick method of applique: have you tried this turned-edge technique? (video)

Fashionable Pineapple blockIt seems like there are countless ways to appliqué—by hand or machine, with turned-under or raw edges, using freezer-paper, back-basting, fusible web, and more! But there’s one way to appliqué you may not have heard of—the Apliquick way.

The Splendid Sampler 2 co-author Jane Davidson (with Pat Sloan) recently introduced us to the Apliquick method of appliqué, and it looks intriguing! The Apliquick company is based in Spain, and the Apliquick Rods shown in the video below were developed by Olga Rosa; you can find them at your local quilt shop or online. Take a look at the technique, where Jane shows us how she appliqués her Fashionable Pineapple block from the book. Have you tried using these rods?


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Turn under, glue, and stitch. Hmm, the Apliquick method of appliqué is looking satisfyingly simple!

There are nearly 40 blocks in The Splendid Sampler 2 that you can appliqué—or Apliquick!—along with 60+ blocks to sew using patchwork, embroidery, foundation piecing, and English paper piecing. You can share your blocks online at The Splendid Sampler Sew-Along Facebook group, where more than 30,000 quilters are doing the same! Have you seen the samplers yet? Along with 100 block patterns, the book includes directions for four sampler settings:

100 Bocks + 1 sampler quilt
100 Blocks + 1, finished size 72½" × 72½". Designed and pieced by Jane Davidson and Pat Sloan and quilted by Jane Davidson.

Heart and Hands Sampler quilt
Heart and Hands, finished size 52½" × 56½". Designed by Pat Sloan, pieced by Melanie Barrett, and quilted by Shelley Pagliai.

Nine Patch Dance quilt
Nine Patch Dance, finished size 25½" × 25½". Designed, pieced, and quilted by Susan Ache.

Lovin' the Blues sampler quilt
Lovin’ the Blues, finished size 30″ × 50″. Designed, pieced, and quilted by Tammy Vonderschmitt.

Make a big sampler or make it small . . . make just a few blocks or make them all!

Have you tried the Apliquick method of appliqué? What’s your favorite appliqué technique? Tell us in the comments!


27 Comments (leave a comment)

  • What is the paper product used for the applique technique?

    Hi Judith, it’s mentioned in the video – Apliquick Washaway Applique Sheets. Aren’t they cool? Thanks for your question! –Jenny

    —JUDITH on January 30, 2019
  • I am currently working on a project with fusible webbing they only way I know how but I am intrigued with the appliquik and will have to give it a try.

    Pat Urbeck on January 30, 2019
  • have not tried it. very intriguing

    —Geri on January 30, 2019
  • This looks interesting. I have always been afraid of hand turned applique. The tools used look like them help a lot with the process! I would try this methoed for sure!

    —Patty F. on January 30, 2019
  • I’ve been using the Apliquick method for a few years and love it. I met Olga Rosa at a quilt show where she was demoing her products. She made it look so easy and, as it turns out, it is!

    —Karen Martin on January 30, 2019
  • It looks like a great way to do Applique.

    —Jeannine on January 30, 2019
  • Other than wool applique by hand (which I enjoy), the tiny amount of cotton applique work I do is by machine.

    —SandyMay on January 30, 2019
  • I usually use a fusible webbing on my applique but I recently got the Apliquik tools at Quilt Festival in Houston. I am anxious to begin working with them. It looks very easy to do so I’m ready to give them a try.

    —Ann West on January 30, 2019
  • I have not tried the appliquik method but will give it a try.

    —Fran Claassens on January 30, 2019
  • No – Machine applique or fused

    —Linda Lee Ahn on January 30, 2019
  • To be honest, I haven’t tried any kind of applique; people who do it can’t say enough about it, though, so it’s definitely on my to-do list!!

    —Teri D. Gailey on January 30, 2019
  • I kind of use the apliquik method, but I use a skewer and it seems to work great. I am also using the wash away paper for the first time on the quilt I am making now. Hope it works!

    —Darliss Peabody on January 30, 2019
  • I like the basting from the back method. I did not think I would like it at first, surprise, I can do wonders with it. I have tried needle turn applique and I like it too.

    —Stephanie Woodward on January 30, 2019
  • I have not tried this method; nor have tried any method to have a favorite way to applique.

    Being left handed, I get confused with many directions.

    —carol on January 30, 2019
  • I have been watching this tool for several years… it looks amazing, unfortunately I do not own one yet. Machine blanket stitch is the extent of my applique skills.

    —Georgina on January 30, 2019
  • I’ve gone from the starch method, to fusible and starch (I got the fusible from this blog, sorry I can’t remember who’s method it was but she cut away the center and just used the edges, leaving a more supple appliqué). Wish I knew about appliquik before I went to Road, I would have looked for it there. (Road to California)

    —Ruth on January 31, 2019
  • I have done raw edge applique on my sewing machine but I have not seen the Appliquik method. Looks interesting.

    —Pamela Jones on January 31, 2019
  • I have used apliquick and many other forms of applique, I like it a lot

    —A. Bouwman on January 31, 2019
  • My favorite method is needle turn applique for my "slow stitching" project.

    —Cheri Bergeron on February 1, 2019
  • I’ve not tried any form of applique but would like to learn. I think it adds so much to a block but I’ve been too intimidated to try.

    —debby on February 1, 2019
  • Back in the 80’s I learned needle turn applique. I’ve tried fusing, raw edge and machine none of which I don’t care for. This looks interesting, with the fusible that washes away.

    —Sue MacLeod on February 1, 2019
  • I have never tried this method. It looks very interesting. The rods look like they work very well. I have used a variety of methods: freezer paper, fusible web, glue stick. and both hand and machine. I choose the type that best suits the job.

    —Jeanne Pope on February 1, 2019
  • This technique looks very interesting and similar to the template/starch method, but not as messy and no chance of burned fingers with the mini clover iron.

    —karen on February 1, 2019
  • I love using the apliquick method. I’ve found it to be a nice, clean and easy way to do applique. I’m working on a project now where I’m using it.

    —Jaxine Andersen on February 1, 2019
  • Yes, Appiquik, no doubt

    —Maria Goetz on February 1, 2019
  • I’m not really into appliqué. I have tried needle turn, and a few other methods. But not Appliquick. I’ll have to try it.

    —Linda Towers on February 2, 2019
  • Pat Sloane’s celebrate the seasons is definitely on my bucket list

    —Carol B on February 2, 2019

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