I had a recent commission I’ve been working on, that contains lots of applique.I thought “what a nice opportunity to follow the progress of making a art quilt and give a bit of a tutorial on raw edge applique in the process”. I’m sure everyone has their own system and tips, here’s a few of my own, learned from trial and error.
Before anything I iron a fusible web called Wonder Under by Pellon, onto the back of the fabric. I usually paint my own
on silk fabric.In any case the web makes it easier to paint on, handle and cut out later.
Then after ironing that on, I paint the silk. Some of it will serve as a back grown., some will be appliqued onto that backdrop. I’ve never had a problem later
with the fusible web sticking. If you’re using commercial fabric , your first step is to iron the web down.
You can see how the Wonder Under has adhered to the fabric Below
I painted and painted and painted sunflower petals. Then when everything has dried, you can cut out the various parts to be used. I am doing sunflowers with the individual petals to be added to.. Below