This shows the steps I went through to assemble an applique quilt block of a horse head for a friend.
Step 2: Trace the shapes on tracing paper and choose fabrics
This shows the lines drawn to separate the shapes so they can be traced. Each pieced is numbered and given a letter that corresponds to the fabric for that piece. I glued snips of each fabric on the size to keep track.
Step 3: Line fabrics up on pattern
I use deli paper or tracing paper to trace the pattern to help with placing the pieces on the background. I lay the tracing paper on top and line of the fabric piece under it make sure I get it in the right place. I also keep pieces pinned to it until I'm ready to attach them.
Step 4: Test fabric layout
Here are the pieces laid out to see how they work together before I start basting.
Step 5: Baste the first pieces to background
Here are the first pieces basted and ready to appliquÃ©. I use a large needle and heavy thread to baste on the stitching line. This makes it easier to turn the edges under using the tip of the needle.
Step 6: First pieces appliqued and next group basted
The first pieces are stitched down and the next are pinned and ready to baste.
Step 7: Making adjustments
The second group is stitched, but at this point I realized I had either cut something too small or didn't place it exactly right and there was a gap above the dark shadow piece near the mane.
Step 8: More adjustments
I chose a new fabric after looking at the photo and seeing there was a dark ring around the eyes and added that to both eyes and it covered the gap easily. Now to stitch them down.
Step 9: Almost finished!
Getting ready to add the final pieces and will be finished!