In this video, Deb walks you through the process of "fusing" appliqué. This quilt is one of Stitchin' Heaven's Block of The Month "Camper Trailers"
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- Hey good morning, everybody I'm Deb Luttrell from Stichin' Heaven, coming to you from beautiful East Texas. It's summertime here, it's beautiful outside and we're gonna make a really neat quilt from the camper trailer pattern by Amy Bradley. We run this quilt as a Block of the Month Program. We have a group on Facebook for all of our Block of the Month Programs that I monitor and a lot of times we get comments or questions on that group about actually fusing the pieces down and also sewing the pieces down. So we're gonna do a like a two-part video here. This first part I'm gonna show you about fusing it down and then we'll do another video about the sewing of it. All right, well let's get started. This is the quilt that we're gonna be working on. It is classic Amy Bradley and this block right here is the block that we're gonna be working on. Just happens to be block one. There's a few things that you need to do this with. It's just really a lot of fun. A lot of creativity goes into this and you're gonna just feel real good about your finished product when you're finished with it. A couple of things that you're gonna need, I like to use this Fusamat. Fusamat is what it's called. It's by Sharon Bradley. There's a couple of these on the market. They're all good. The point of using a mat like, an appliqué pressing sheet is what this is called, is you're going to build your appliqué on the pressing sheet, take it off as one unit and then transfer it to your background. So you have less chance of ruining your background fabric that way. The nice thing about this is that your pattern will show through just like it does here. So to have one of these mats is really, really nice. You're also probably gonna need some Glue-Baste-It. This Roxanne's Glue-Baste-It is what I use just because sometimes a fusible doesn't stick to the fabric and when that happens you need to kind of tack it down with Glue-Baste-It. You're gonna need a little mini iron. I use this Clover Mini Iron for this. I've had this forever. It's rusted, it's got fusible on it, but this is my go-to iron for this type of work. It's very small and I like it because it's small. So to get started, I'm gonna point out to you that Amy's patterns are really great because she walks you through step-by-step what you need to do. She actually numbers these according to the way or the order in which you need to lay them down. Now, I have gone ahead and I have taken the backing off of these pieces just to save some time, so I've got these already ready to go. And I'm gonna show you in a minute a little trick about laying these down. But you'll see this green piece is piece number one. You can also go by your pattern picture here to help you with this. So, I'm gonna start with number one. And she also has dotted lines and those dotted lines are telling you that your appliqué piece needs to come up that far. So I'm gonna put this here on number one. And that's gonna just, it's kina tacky, so it sticks there really nice. And you're gonna need to just make sure this comes all the way over to the edge. Then I can peek under here and I can see that number two is this little guy right here. Now I wanna show you a trick right off the bat here. When you get these appliqué laser cut pieces, there's gonna be some of them that are gonna have several pieces on one little piece of fabric. So instead of cutting the tabs off of these to cut these apart and then taking the paper off, what you wanna do is to take this paper off all at once. And to do that, you're gonna just score this with a pin and then that cuts the paper. And then you take the paper and you peel it back. Just like that. And you peel it off for the whole thing. Does that make sense? Then you're gonna take your scissors and you're gonna clip the tabs that hold those little pieces to that piece of fabric. So there's a piece we need right there for piece number two. And we're gonna go ahead and do this piece because we're gonna use it later on. Actually I think this is piece number three. So we'll use this next. Okay, so we're gonna just clip that, just like that. Then we're going to go by this pattern and we're gonna lift this up and we're gonna see that this goes about right here. Now, I said about. This is something that's not precision. So you just put this close enough and you'll see what I'm talking about in a little bit, it's gonna work out just fine. So this goes right here. Also a good thing to have is a pair of scissors. You can take those and you can put them where you want them. All right, number three piece is right here and that is right here. So I'm going to take this one and put it right here. Number three is next. I have to apologize. I went on a trip last week and I came home with a cold. All right, the next piece, again, I haven't taken off the paper, I wanted to show you how you can score this. You just score the paper right here with your pin and then you lift this off. Now, you need to make sure when you do this, you guys, that the fusible stays on the fabric and it doesn't come off on the paper. If you're not careful, the fusible can stay on the paper and you don't want that, you want that fusible on your fabric. So we're going to cut this like this. You see it has little tabs. So I'm gonna clip that tab and then this is number four. So I'm gonna put that right there on number four. So you see the way this works, number three goes under number four. That's the reason Amy numbers these this way for us. Then I have a little orange circle right here that I'm gonna use later, so I'm going to put that aside. Okay, then number five, number five is the main body of this little camper. So I'm gonna put this on here and I'm gonna put it here in such a way that it, there's dotted lines here that show me how far down this needs to go. And this needs to cover number three and number four. Okay, and if it's a little bit off, that's okay. Once you're finished with this, you're not gonna really be able to tell. So, that's number five. Number six is the bottom of the trailer. So I've got that cut out already. And what we're gonna do on that is we're gonna take it, and again, take it down, there's little dotted lines here that show you how far down to go with it. Take it down to your little dotted lines. And this will go on top of your white piece. And just make it to where it looks good and fits, is what you wanna do. So I'm gonna pull that over. I want it to fit on the edges. And then I also want it to fit with my ground piece here. Ah-ha. Now, this little guy here needs to go, I think, he's gonna have a pot that's gonna come over him and so we need to make sure that that's there so we can put that little pot later. All right, now, there comes a point that you can't see this anymore and you have to move it to your background and then start working from the top. I'm not quite there yet. What I wanna do is I'm want to put these little windows on here because I can still see those through my drawing. One goes there, one goes there. One goes here, and then the small one. All right, so I'm gonna put those next. Now also, I can still see my flag, so I'm gonna go ahead and put those on here. I'm gonna put as many things on here that I can so that when I start moving this over to my background, I have as much of this down as I can have down. So I'm gonna put that one there, put this one here. This there. And then this last one. Okay, let's see here. According to my little drawing I'm going by now, I could put this because I know there's gonna be a home sweet home sign right here and I could go ahead and put that on here. All right. So you see I'm putting as much of this down as I can. Now this fusible's trying to come away, but that's okay because it's sticky. And you know what, I might as well go ahead and put the tire on. The tire's here and that little bucket that I was talking about that we needed to make sure we got on there is right there. So I kinda got this here. Now I'm gonna take my, oh wait, a doorknob. I'm gonna have a doorknob right there. And I think I just about got all of my pieces down, except for this little grass. Why don't we go ahead and put that on there too. We could put the grass there. And there's a bunch of little leaves. You can just kinda do this however you want. You don't have to go by the pattern exactly. This is certainly something that you can do or not do. So we'll put a couple of little leaves on there. I am ready to press this down and what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna press it to this Fusamat. So I'm gonna go and I'm gonna press all of these. Now, while I'm pressing this, I wanna talk to you about fusible webbing. When you do this, if you don't use a pre-cut, pre-fused kit like this one is, you will, ooh, that moved, oh, that right there. You know what? That goes actually up here. Don't know that it matters, but... Anyway, if you don't use a pre-cut, pre-fused kit like this, guys, you're gonna be cutting all of this out on your own and you're going to use your fusible web and whatever fusible web you end up choosing to use, please, please make sure that you read the instruction on what temperature that fusible web will tolerate. Fusible web, if you get it too hot, some of it absolutely will not stick. You get in the middle of it and you can't figure out why it didn't stick and, by golly, it's because your iron was too hot. All right. Ouch. This is not sticking. There we go. All righty, there's that. Okay. I'm gonna try to pick this up. I'm kinda going fast here, to help us get through this. And I'm just gonna see if this is fused down enough for me to put on our background piece. So I have the background piece prepared. I'm gonna move that out of the way. Take the background piece. We're gonna take this piece that we've done on the Fusamat and we're gonna peel it up and we're gonna try to get this to come off in one piece. Here, let me put this back down here so you can see. Okay, see these things haven't adhered, so I'm gonna have to go back and put some glue on them. But the main pieces should come up and then on little pieces like this, you wanna use your tweezers to get them up. Okay, that one's not gonna cooperate. And then this side will come up as one unit. All right. And then we just take this and we're gonna move it over to our background. All right, so that's just gonna come like this. The wheel stayed behind, that's okay, we can put that down. These little guys, all right, those are good. And our little, our little canopy, and our little... Okay, this is I lost the fusible on, so what I would do with this is take by glue here and I would glue this. Like I said, I like to use Roxanne's glue. There's a number of different products out there that you can probably use, but Roxanne's is my favorite. And so we're gonna put that right there to go underneath this canopy. All right, then once it's on your background, you're gonna press it with a hot iron and you're ready for sewing. So I hope that helps you and I hope you've enjoyed this lesson as much as I have. If you wanna see the part about sewing, you can look for it on another YouTube video. So, subscribe to our channel and we'll see ya later. I'm Deb Luttrell with Stichin' Heaven.