As promised, here is a picture tutorial for the Back Basting applique method!
Back Basting Tutorial
1. Cut your background a little larger than you need. After you applique you will trim your background to the exact size.
2. Trace the pattern onto the back side of your background fabric. Use a mechanical pencil or a black pigma pen .5. Trace as accurately as possible. You don’t need your lines to be really dark – trace lightly. Lay your pattern on a light box, the lay the fabric (right side down) on top of the pattern. Adjust the layout so the pattern is centered well. Trace the entire pattern except the outside square that designates the size of the finished block.
If you need to have your pattern going the same direction as the original drawing then lay the pattern right side down. If you can’t see well enough to trace then retrace the pattern onto the backside of the paper, or if it doesn’t matter about the direction of the pattern then trace the pattern with the pattern right side up. Your applique will be reversed from the original pattern.
3. Thread your larger needle with hand quilting thread. Tie a knot in the end.
4. You will now baste the applique piece onto the right side of your background fabric. You might need to hold up the background to the light and look through it to make sure that you have a seam allowance around all the edges of the shape.
5. Pin the fabric in place from the back side.
6. Baste the applique fabric in place by stitching directly over the traced lines. use small stitches. Try to make your stitches so they are longer on the front side of your project and smaller on the back. Leave your knot when you begin on the front side. You don’t need to tie a knot to end – just leave a short tail hanging out on the front side.
8. With tiny pointed pair of scissors clip every other basting stitch.
9. Thread your smaller (size 11) straw needle with a thread that matches your applique piece. tie a knot in the end.
11. coming up from the back side start appliqueing along the edge of your piece. Ever few stitches you will need to take out the basting threads and use your needle to turn under the seam allowance. Try to always use your needle as a “tool.” You can really manipulate the seam allowance with your needle.
You will want to make your applique stitches tiny. You will only clip the inside corners or curves as you come to them. You will find that the seam allowance will turn under where you stitched with the basting thread.