⭐ Appliquéd stars a snap? ⭐ Yes – when you use wool and fusible web! (+ video)

Wool applique starWe’ve shared several wool-appliqué techniques with you over the years. Why? Because every Martingale author who uses wool appliqué has her own little spin. Maggie Bonanomi, Roseann Kermes, Bonnie Sullivan, and Debbie Busby have all shared their quick-and-easy techniques, and we’ve tried and loved them all!

But how do the French do it?

Well, we happen to know how at least one French quilter appliqués wool!

French Farmhouse author Marie-Claude Picon has a sparkling talent for blending two beloved quiltmaking styles. The foundation of her quilts is inspired by the beauty of vintage patchwork quilts, while the textured appliqué details she dreams up for her designs are rooted in the primitive style—and wool is often a focus. The result is so warm, so welcoming . . . so French, so farmhouse!

Wish upon a Star quilt
Wish upon a Star

One thing we can tell you is that if you’ve shied away from other kinds of appliqué—needle-turn, back-basting, or freezer-paper, to name a few—you are going to love no-fray wool appliqué with Marie’s special French twist. Her technique’s as easy as ordering French fries, opening French doors, or listening to a French horn (note we said listening, not playing). Take a look!


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Marie’s technique is used on many of the beautiful quilts in French Farmhousebut it’s not just for stars! Look at the other woolly wonders you can create with Marie’s method, such as:

Houses:

Simply Houses quilt
Simply Houses

Letters:

Marie's Alphabet quilt
Marie’s Alphabet

And even woolly little sheep!

Les Moutons quilt
Les Moutons

See more from Marie-Claude’s book, French Farmhouse >>>

What’s your favorite way to appliqué?

  • Wool appliqué, hands down—just like Marie-Claude.
  • Machine appliqué, with a zigzag or blanket stitch.
  • Hand appliqué for sure—it’s just my speed.

Share your answer in the comments!


64 Comments (leave a comment)

  • Hand appliqué for sure—it’s just my speed…

    —Anne on January 18, 2019
  • Hello! I am a hands down wool girl! It is so forgiving and I love the texture and dimension it adds to projects.

    —Kelli on January 18, 2019
  • When other people do it, I love needle turn applique. I only like it when it is flawless, so I don’t do it. Mine is not the best. I like to machine applique. Most of the time I do patchwork, but sometimes applique is just so cute.

    —Kay on January 18, 2019
  • I love doing all types of applique! I have done them all and have no favorite.

    —Susan E Torrington on January 18, 2019
  • I love to appliqué and have done a lot of it by hand sewing. I am just now enjoying adding wool appliqué to my quilts thanks to the book “French Farmhouse”..

    —Sharon Lowy on January 18, 2019
  • I would rather not appliqué at all, but if I must, then handwork all the way.

    —Linda Towers on January 18, 2019
  • I love wool appliqué ! I was wondering how the little bits of wool appliqué on a mostly cotton quilt hold up to laundering.. Most of my wool appliqué pieces won’t be washed.

    —Jackie on January 18, 2019
  • I do both hand and machine blanket stitching. It depends on the project.

    —Mary Brott on January 18, 2019
  • I do all three, but wool applique is my favorite, hands down! It takes less time, is forgiving & I love the down home feel that wool gives.

    —Kathy Martin on January 18, 2019
  • Wool is wonderful! I love to applique with it.

    —Nell on January 18, 2019
  • Hand appliqué. I love it!

    Mary

    —Mary Kastner on January 18, 2019
  • I love doing wool applique. Its relaxing for me. I am just learning machine applique. I still love doing wool by hand its number 1 in my book.

    —Vickie Sorensen on January 18, 2019
  • I love wool applique, but also enjoy doing machine applique if the pattern calls for it! Love this book!!!

    —Patty F. on January 18, 2019
  • I usually do machine appliqué. I am intrigued by wool appliqué and plan to try it. The idea of wool appliqué on a quilt is very inspiring. Love that idea!

    —Rose-Marie C on January 18, 2019
  • Whether it’s wool or cotton, I prefer to hand applique. It’s relaxing, and I think it makes for a longer-lasting quilt. I’d like to try doing the freezer paper thing, but I think I would still hand applique after that just to make sure it’s there for the quilt’s life.

    —Teri D. Gailey on January 18, 2019
  • I love hand appliqué as it is relaxing and I feel like I have better control than with a machine.

    —Deb F on January 18, 2019
  • I love the Wool appliqué method!

    —Karen McMahon on January 18, 2019
  • I love to iron on wool applique and then use the buttonhole stitch on my sewing machine to applique it down. It goes really fast that way and is easier on the hands.

    Gladys J. on January 18, 2019
  • Wool is my favorite, but I do all kinds of applique. I still find needle turn to be a challenge.

    —Judy Purcell on January 18, 2019
  • Hand applique!

    —Susan Griffin on January 18, 2019
  • I like to iron it on and then sew on with my machine using buttonhole stitch.

    —cj on January 18, 2019
  • I have just started to appliqué – I am working on my third quilt. I absolutely lover doing machine appliqué using the blanket stitch.

    —Ann West on January 18, 2019
  • I love wool appliqué. It’s my new passion!

    —Donna S on January 18, 2019
  • wool is a winner for me every time!

    —Jean S on January 18, 2019
  • I love to needle turn applique and wool applique for small items in wall hangings not bed quilts.

    —Cheri Bergeron on January 18, 2019
  • Love any and all methods of applique. Adds dimension and life to any piece.

    —Susi on January 18, 2019
  • I love the idea, the ease, and the way the quilts look. But what about washing the quilt?

    Hi Gail, I emailed Marie-Claude and she says that she washes her wool quilts in cold water on a short, gentle cycle and hangs them outside to dry. Hope this helps, and thanks for your question! –Jenny

    —gail on January 18, 2019
  • Ditto the comment of Donna S. above.

    —SandyMay on January 18, 2019
  • I’ve been doing needle-turn applique for many years. I started working with wool about 7 years ago. I love doing both, now.

    —Jaxine Andersen on January 18, 2019
  • Most of the time I do machine appliqué. I have done some hand appliqué. Not yet tried wool appliqué but it is on my list!

    —Rilla Burnham on January 18, 2019
  • Depends on what I am doing, I have done all three, love each depending on what the design is going to be…

    —Tamara Isaacs-Smith on January 18, 2019
  • I use the freezer paper method for fabric,I also do wool applique,and hand stitch both.Love wool!

    —Peggy Kanz on January 18, 2019
  • machine applique

    —Theresa J on January 18, 2019
  • I like to do both hand applique and wool applique though I do admire and would like to learn machine applique.

    —MJ on January 18, 2019
  • Hand, machine and wool applique, love them all. Currently am working on a sweet wool wall hanging for Valentine’s day.

    —Cindy on January 18, 2019
  • Wool applique and hand appplique. I have never liked the zigzag or blanket stitch by machine, but I have satin stitched many characters on my kids sweatshirts when they were little. I became very proficient with satin stitching as they wanted more and more cartoon or book characters on their clothes. I used the lightest fusible and windowpaned each piece so the garment remained soft.

    —karen on January 18, 2019
  • I like all types of applique methods but recently tried wool applique and it’s currently my favorite.

    —Gail K on January 18, 2019
  • Hello, If using wool for applique, do you need any special way to wash the quilt? Or does this kind of quilt become an art quilt rather than a usable quilt? Thank you.

    Hi Barbara Ann, great question. I emailed Marie-Claude and she says that she washes her wool quilts in cold water on a short, gentle cycle and hangs them outside to dry. Hope this helps! –Jenny

    —Barbara Ann Jones on January 18, 2019
  • I’ve never really been interested in working with wool, but there are quite a few in my quilt guild that enjoy it. I much prefer doing my applique with cottons and a hand needle. I have made an entire quilt that is applique done on the machine (well, I’ve made the blocks – the quilt is in my "to-do" pile…) One of these days….

    —Vivian Oaks on January 18, 2019
  • Primarily I do hand applique, but have done machine a few times. Wool applique is on my “to learn “ list for this year!

    —Liz Smith on January 18, 2019
  • Most definite wool!

    —Lena T on January 18, 2019
  • I enjoy both machine and hand appliqué
    Carol

    —Carol Ruggins on January 18, 2019
  • Never tried wool so it’s machine

    —Linda on January 18, 2019
  • Machine applique with a blanket stitch.

    —Linda Lee Ahn on January 18, 2019
  • I have done both but prefer machine applique.

    —Pamela Jones on January 18, 2019
  • Love to applique wool by hand. Other applique, I like doing the big pieces by machine.

    —Geri on January 18, 2019
  • I love wool appliqué. It is relaxing to do and generally looks great!

    —Linda Klungle on January 18, 2019
  • I love, love, LOVE hand applique!

    —Anna on January 18, 2019
  • My favorite method is needle turn, however in the interest of getting it done I use machine applique.

    —Stephanie Woodward on January 18, 2019
  • I love wool appliqué, but I probably do more machine appliqué.

    —Beth T. on January 18, 2019
  • I do both: machine and hand applique…I have yet to work with wool.

    —Becky Schultz on January 18, 2019
  • I love hand appliqué. I find it very relaxing

    —Donna M on January 18, 2019
  • I really do enjoy hand applique, it is very relaxing.Do need to make more time for it! Thanks, Paatty B.

    —Patty Bretheim on January 18, 2019
  • Pourquoi choisir ?
    J’aime toutes les méthodes, selon les ouvrages. À la main pour prendre le temps le samedi soir, et à la machine pour aller vite pendant la semaine de travail !

    Translation: Why choose ?
    I like all the methods, according to the books. By hand to make time on Saturday night, and machine to go fast during the work week!

    Verveine et lin on January 18, 2019
  • Handapplique is what I love to do

    —A. Bouwman on January 19, 2019
  • Wool applique is my current favorite. I have always preferred hand applique methods to machine applique.

    —Karen on January 19, 2019
  • I’ve done both hand and machine. It usually depends on how big the project is. It looks like a wonderful book.

    —Jeannine on January 19, 2019
  • I have done both needle turn applique and machine applique, depending on the project. I’ve never done wool applique and Marie’s looks so easy and fun! Great ideas in her book.

    —Marie Eddins on January 19, 2019
  • I think applique adds so much to a quilt. My favorite is hand applique.

    —Darliss Peabody on January 19, 2019
  • I like to do pictorial art quilts so I mainly use fusible method and then when I am quilting it I secure the appliqué with my quilting.

    —Barbara on January 20, 2019
  • I prefer hand applique because I find it easier to work on in the evenings, rather than setting up the machine and i find it has a nicer finish. However, if i am creating a children’s quilt, I will machine applique so it is stuck/sewn down securely!

    —Bronwyn Glubb on January 20, 2019
  • Fusible with blanket stitch or whip stitch by hand. I love appliquéd quilts!

    —Connie F on January 20, 2019
  • I enjoy hand applique but I love learning new skills and Marie’s wool applique looks like the my next new project!

    —Nary Jane on January 21, 2019
  • I enjoy hand applique. Need to give wool a go for I like the look.

    —Sandy Koenig on January 23, 2019

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