Joan Shay of Petal Play Designs and her Appli-Bond Technique


Whether you are a beginning quilter or an expert in appliqué, Joan's 3-D Appli-bond© technique will allow you to add exciting realistic three-dimensional appliqué to your quilts. Imagine creating beautiful 3-D designs, easily, that can be thrown in the washer and dryer. No turning under of edges - no fuss, no muss, it's a sure thing! And it's fun too, even if you never step outside your comfort zone and just stay with the patterns Joan has already designed, you'll have no shortage of projects to add to your must-do list. Joan's technique is called Appli-Bond© and it is the fusing of two pieces of fabric together to allow you to create dimension without turning any edges. All you do is bond the fabric, trace the template, cut the shape and apply the bonded pieces to the background with an embroidery stitch. It's really that simple!


With winter on it's way, this little black and white beauty revels in the falling snow and sparkling ice! HERE Size 24" x 24"


Use this unique Cardinal pattern to enter the world of 3-D Appli-bond. Whether you are a beginner or an expert in appliqué, this technique introduces you to the exciting three dimensional appliqué. HERE Size: 24.5" x 26.5"

Straw Wreath With Pine Cones

Now you can bring the outdoors in with this wonderful multi-colored, straw/fabric wreath. Uniquely constructed, but ever so simple, pick out the brightest colors in your stash, to dress up any place in your home. HERE Size 30" x 30"

I seem to have focused on the birds, but there are also flowers, mermaids, dragonflies, holiday and basket designs, and butterflies. And Birds. Yeah, we have birds too!

Don't forget the accessories to put your creation over the top! Appli-bond needles and the laser cut templates to help you cut all of these gorgeous designs....
Package of 3 Needles Appli-bond needles are a great asset to this technique. Each needle has 3 bayonette cutting edges and pierces the bonded fabric with ease.They are also helpful when doing the button-hole stitch on fusible applique.
Accurate Die-Cut Templates are available for many of the flower/leaf designs, as you know it's easier to trace around the inside of a template than around the outside edge.

If you're intrigued as I am by this technique, check out the Petal Play videos on our YouTube page:

Cardinal Wallhanging

Straw Wreath With Pine Cones

Joan further discusses her Appli-bond technique:

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