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Getting Burned by Shadow Applique

shadow appliqueShadow applique, like this lovely sample from My Byrd House, is a stunning but (I’m guessing) extremely tedious sewing process that involves layering applique pieces between your background fabric and a nice, gauzy organza top fabric, then sewing through all the layers. The result is a soft, diffused version of the vibrant pieces below, as well as (I’m guessing again) a splitting headache from all that sewing machine racket.

CraftFail reader Jenna decided to make a beautiful quilt with this technique, and after hours of painstaking work she was ready to press her finished piece.

Now wait, I forget – are we supposed to press organza directly, on high heat?

shadow applique fail

Um, so that’s a “No,” then? Poor Jenna ruined all her hard work, AND her iron. I hope seeing it on CraftFail is at least some small consolation!

Um, so that’s a “No,” too?

shadow applique nailed it¬†For more laughs visit Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures, where she’s using this CraftFail to justify never, ever ironing again.

3 Responses to Getting Burned by Shadow Applique

  1. Dana says:

    I would be throwing said iron through a window….I am sooo sorry!

  2. kittentoes says:

    Put a leaf on it!

  3. Brandy says:

    Yeah, a leaf could work. That first quilt, the example quilt, looks worse than the craft fail quilt. It looks like it faded in the wash and all the colors ran. I don’t think I like this particular technique.

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