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Confetti Quilting

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Here is a technique for adding texture in applique. Try fabric confetti!

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Confetti Quilting

Here is a technique for adding texture in applique. Try fabric confetti!

Confetti Quilting

 

Tiny rectangle scraps (1.5”x0.5” or smaller) are easiest to work with. They can either be stacked in front of your needle and stitched across the center, or laid in a mosaic pattern. In this confetti flag example, the red stripes are the former and the blue are the mosaic.

blue

 

Enjoy this random stitching embellishment. Pour out a pile of confetti pieces and use tweezers or a stiletto to align new pieces under those already at the needle.

stripes

 

Confetti designs work best when complemented with negative space so that the background fabric becomes part of the design. Again looking at Flag-fetti, the white stripes are implied by the background fabric. Although the blue area incorporates no true negative space, the blue is broken by the star buttons for the same effect.

flag

 

Most simple applique shapes can easily be adapted to confetti. Consider making it an accent rather than replacing an entire applique shape. For example, the cuff of a mitten, rather than the entire mitten applique. Or how about the leaves on a tree, rather than the entire tree. This wreath is an ideal example. It is a simple shape - a circle. And the open center shares negative space.

before

 

And don’t forget the opportunity for ornamentation. Consider scale when incorporating buttons, ribbons, and other fun things to dress up your confetti design. Sized appropriately, embellishes can define the theme and complete your design with the hint of a traditional color element.

after

Here is a technique for adding texture in applique. Try fabric confetti!

Confetti Quilting

 

Tiny rectangle scraps (1.5”x0.5” or smaller) are easiest to work with. They can either be stacked in front of your needle and stitched across the center, or laid in a mosaic pattern. In this confetti flag example, the red stripes are the former and the blue are the mosaic.

flag

 

Enjoy this random stitching embellishment. Pour out a pile of confetti pieces and use tweezers or a stiletto to align new pieces under those already at the needle.

stripes

 

Confetti designs work best when complemented with negative space so that the background fabric becomes part of the design. Again looking at Flag-fetti, the white stripes are implied by the background fabric. Although the blue area incorporates no true negative space, the blue is broken by the star buttons for the same effect.

blue

 

Most simple applique shapes can easily be adapted to confetti. Consider making it an accent rather than replacing an entire applique shape. For example, the cuff of a mitten, rather than the entire mitten applique. Or how about the leaves on a tree, rather than the entire tree. This wreath is an ideal example. It is a simple shape - a circle. And the open center shares negative space.

before

 

And don’t forget the opportunity for ornamentation. Consider scale when incorporating buttons, ribbons, and other fun things to dress up your confetti design. Sized appropriately, embellishes can define the theme and complete your design with the hint of a traditional color element.

after

 

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Glossary

Applique
Attaching individual pieces of fabric to a background to form a design.

Same As: Appliqué


See Also: Freezer Paper Applique, Needleturn Applique, Machine Applique, Reverse Applique, Shadow Applique
Background Fabric
The fabric used as the background when placing Applique pieces.
Embellishment
Decorative stitches or items that are added to a quilt, including buttons, beads, charms, or embroidery or other thread.
Star
A large central star, made up of diamond shaped fabric or a square with right triangles, to form the star points from the center out.
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