Tips! Transferring embroidery lines to quilt blocks
Appliqué placement on quilt blocks.

Sometimes picture quilt blocks need to have appliqué, or an embroidered or drawn features added to 'finish' the block.    I use a couple of special tools to make the job easier.  Here is a description of how I would transfer and mark the line for the mouth, and add fusible appliquéd mouth and nose of the Elf block in my Santa & Company quilted banner, placemat and pillow pattern.  These instructions work well for adding features to Sally the Kitty and Simon the Puppy quilts also.
Sulky makes a wonderful pen that can turn a plain piece of paper into an iron-on transfer.  The pen comes in a variety of colors. I am using the black pen to trace the outline of the mouth or other line onto a plain piece of paper.
Optional: Trace the shape  of the block and location for the mouth and/or other features onto a piece of clear acetate.
Lay the acetate over the quilt block and position the traced feature, ink side down, where you want it to be on the finished block using the lines on the acetate as guides.
Remove acetate and press paper with a hot iron.  Complete instructions for using the Sulky Transfer pen are included in the pen packaging.
Remove the paper. The line has been transferred to the quilt block, and the transfer paper can be reused!
I could now embroider over the line, leave it as is, or darken it with a fabric marking pen.  Usually I like to darken it.
Trace the eyes and nose onto the paper side of fusible web.  I like to use Steam-a-seam™. Follow manufacturer's directions for attaching fusible web to the back-side of the fabric for the nose and eyes.
Use the acetate positioning pattern to help position eyes and nose on the face then follow the manufacturer's directions to fuse the features to the block.  If the project is to be washed then I recommend using a machine zigzag, satin or blanket stitch around the fused appliqués to make sure it stays in place.


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