From A Glossary of Quilting Terms I found online:
applique --a piecing process using small cutouts of fabric which are then sewn onto a background fabric in a decorative design. Typically intricate and curved floral and animal motifs are used.
From Ricochet's Glossary of Sewing Techniquies:
Ricochet's method of reverse applique--designs achieved by stitching toether 2 or more layers of fabric and cutting off portions of the top layer(s) to reveal the fabric underneath. No turning under of raw edges! Leave 'em rough and tough! See Ricochet's Reverse Applique Gallery for examples.
Basically, "applique" is attaching small shapes of fabric to a larger background. So, you cut your shape first, then sew in on. In "reverse applique" you stitch your shape first and cut last. Kind of hard to type out. However, once you see it, you'll totally "get" it.
Check out this little demonstration I cooked up today:
I took 3 layers of fabric and pinned them together.
|I drew a simple design on one side. Note: I drew on the "top" side with a gel pen for the sake of the tutorial. You should draw on the back with chalk or your pattern-marking pencil.|
|Using my shortest stitch length, I stitch over all the lines of my flower. I used red thread so you all could easily see the stitching.|
I pull all my threads to the back side and this is what it looks like so far.
|Then, I cut out the outside of the flower, leaving a raw edge of about 3mm from the stitching.|
|Next, I cut through the center of the flower again, revealing the green fabric in the very back.|
|Just for fun, I got out my super-special fabric marker, er pink highlighter, I mean. I did a little coloring for beautification purposes.|
I would love to hear your thoughts on this. I've been looking, but haven't seen a tute that approaches reverse applique like I do. Let me know if you have, please.
I made this tute as a reference tool for The Retro Pillow Challenge:
Are you up for a challenge?
Happy crafting and big hugs from Montana,