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It’s the easiest, most fun way to make an applique quilt. You can do it!
But you can’t use fusible adhesive for it. The heat needed to melt the adhesive will also melt your fleece. Not good!
The solution is glue stick!
You’ve seen me use glue stick before to hold pieces in place on fleece while you stitch them down, like adding felt details to a softie face.
But you can also use glue stick to hold the fleece itself in place on a quilt block!
It’s made specifically for fabric. It’ll hold really well (and make things kind of stiff) but it washes out easily so your finished quilt is cuddly and soft.
That means you do need to stitch the edges down permanently!
If you look at that blue bird up there you can see I used a fairly wide and open zigzag stitch around the edges. That’s one option.
Another option is just to use a simple straight stitch, like I do around all my other applique pieces. You can see that option on the snowy ground in this Shiny Happy Houses quilt block.
I loaded up large images for both of these – so you can click on them to see them closer. The zigzag stitching leaves a slightly crisper edge, where the straight stitch is a softer, fluffier edge. Choose what works best for your project!
Both of my examples are using cuddle fleece, but this method also works well for polar fleece. Just make sure to get the no-pill kind!
There’s a video lesson showing how to applique “fancy” fabrics like this in this Craftsy class.
And here’s a round-up of information about using applique with fabrics other than quilting cottons.
- Faux fur
- Applique onto faux fur or fleece (like the eye on that blue bird)
- Shiny tissue lamé