The above quilt is a Monster Quilt using a pattern from Quakertown quilts. With this quilt I used a Heat and Bond, like the Christmas quilt, but at this point I knew I didn't want the quilt to be stiff like a board, it was for my son to use. So here, I traced out the shapes and cut the interior of the fusible away, there was just about 1/4" of fusible around the shape, then I pressed that to the reverse side of the fabric. Once the shapes were cut and assembled, I satin edge stitched around. I think this is a good testimonial to this type of fusing and it's longevity through washings. This is a well loved quilt and it's standing up to time. Some of the threads from the satin edge are loose, but that is operator error with the satin edge, not fusible issues.
Funny how I thought I had invented a new technique, when working on this quilt I was asked if it was ______'s (forgot her name) technique. Apparently, there is a book out on the above method. If you are interested, a good search on fusible applique will probably find better,detailed instructions than I have given here. But this technique worked for me. On this quilt, each shape was fused using the above method. I satin edge stitched around each edge, I used stabilizer on all shapes and needled the threads to the back and knotted off. I did determine the shapes that were behind one another and satin edged them moving from bottom to top. Does that make sense? Also, I tried to satin edge as many shapes with similar color as I could. There were 100's of colors and threads, and this saved time with continually changing threads.
My Fusible of choice now is Misty Fuse. I had read about it several times. Hearing rave reviews I tried it and I'm really impressed. I like to use it with Parchment paper as opposed to the Teflon pressing sheet. I save my pieces of parchment and am able to reuse them, so it's really not as wasteful as you might think. The Misty Fuse has a nice hand and can tolerate hot pressings without loosing it's stick. I also like that I'm able to work from the front as opposed to reversing a pattern.
I'm using the Misty Fuse on a piece I'm currently working on. I will post when finished. It is so light, it's often hard to tell which side of the fabric it has been applied to.
I love hand applique, but fusibles have certainly found a place in my sewing room. (or should I say fusible room?) I'm not a purist with either method, however, it does seem to be about time management these days...... If I can use a fusible to accomplish a task, I will. The biggest problem I have is the dirty, sticky, gross iron. Using a Teflon iron helps, but cleaning a regular iron that has been used with fusibles is a nightmare.
Now, if you've made to the end of this looooooong story, thanks for reading and happy fusing.