New Applique method SO easy, works GREAT
I first saw this method done on simply quilts and tried it last night. I've tried every applique method out there except needle turn (due to my fear of needle turn!) and of the ones that give you turned under edges, this one was the fastest and easiest so far. And yielded great results.
1. You trace your pattern onto freezer paper. Cut it out, on the like.
2. Iron the picture to the RIGHT side of the fabric.
3. Cut around it leaving seam allowance to turn under.
4. Use a water soluable glue stick on the BACK of the fabric in the seam allowance and edge of design.
5. Clip any curves.
6. From the front, fold the seam allowance back, away from the ironed on pattern.
7. Peel the pattern off the front and sew that puppy down by hand or machine!
The lady I saw on Simply Quilts (link below) only turns under parts that will be on top. If another piece is covering part of the applique, she doesn't bother turning under that part. She sticks them all together and when she's done, her picture is "free standing applique" and she then auditions it on different backgrounds.
Here is a link that might be useful: Simply Quilts Free Standing Applique Episode