Friday, 8 May 2015

What did we do before fusible webbing?

Back before I knew anything about quilting, I decided that I would make a design on one of the Disney characters I had always loved.  I was very young, probably about nineteen or twenty.

I didn’t know about fusible webbing like steam a seam or vliesofix.  I didn’t now about much really.  But I figured ‘this can’t be too hard’.

And it was SUPER hard.  I can’t believe I finished it.  I appliqued it all with pins and a good bit of cursing onto calico, with no sticking products at all, then I stitched it on with machine applique (which again, I had no idea how to do) but I think perhaps I was young and naive, and didn’t know how much easier it would have been with the right product.  And it just worked out.

It sat for so long as a cut out finished tiger, with no background.  I didn’t have a clue how to finish it off, but then the water colour quilt came into vogue and I thought ‘hmmm, that might do’.  So about fifteen years after I finished the tiger portion I finished the background section and now he is done. 

Well, he’s a flimsy.  But that’s done enough.







What do you think? Yes, I’m well aware I broke about 397 copyright rules, but I figure I’m not selling it for money – I can’t see how Disney would have any sort of issues.  But don’t tell them, just in case.

Hope your day is a good one!


  1. Absolutely charming. I've printed the picture of the quilt to put in my sewing room. You did a fantastic job. Many times wonderful work is done by people new to quilting who don't know "they can't do that!" It brightened my day.

    1. Oh how true is that! This was one of my first projects in quilting. I doubt I'd do it now!

      Thanks for posting, Sharon.

  2. I love it!! The background was a great choice.

    1. Thanks, Corina = I think it worked really well. Sometimes I do have flashes of brilliance :)

  3. I just love it!!! Makes you smile! I love doing appliqué but only with fusible! I don't know how you ever did it without it!