Applique Quilt Patterns by Willow Bend Creations

Willow Bend Creations Continuum Quilting Patterns at Northern Threads.

Willowbend Creations by Mary Stenros
Mary Stenros, of Willow Bend Creations, is the artist behind the patterns. A short while ago, I had the privilege to meet this quiet, soft spoken woman; however, she speaks volumes with a pencil and paper.  I am fascinated by her ability to create intricate designs with one flowing fill throughout an entire piece. In other words, the whole applique is one piece of fabric. Mary has many designs inspired by north woods themes featuring wildlife. Year after year they continue to be among our best selling patterns at Northern Threads.

Willow Bend Creations by Mary Stenros
Willow Bend Creations, Moose Meadow | Black Bear-ies


Overall, Willow Bend Creations Continuum Quilting Patterns couldn’t be easier. A quilter with very basic skills will be amazed at how quickly these patterns come together. To begin, simply trace the pattern onto fusible web material, then cut out your pattern and attach it to the background fabric with a few shots of steam. All that’s left is to assemble your quilt and finish off with your choice of quilting technique. That’s it! In just a few easy steps your quilted art piece will be ready to display!

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Willow Bend Creations by Mary Stenros
Majestic Challenge | Night Call | Bear Watching | Moose Meadows

 Some Tips About Willow Bend Creations and Fusible Applique

Choose a fabric with a subtle print or watercolor effect along with a very high contrast fabric between the applique and the background. Also stay away from high contrast colors or prints for the applique fabric itself, because it will detract from the cut work. The Willow Bend Designs shown above illustrate excellent fabric options.

The fusible web prevents fabric edges from fraying. In addition, batik fabric frays very little and holds a crisp edge. Free motion stitch around the applique edges with clear thread. This way there are no worries when there are misguided stitches. Fusible applique really is as simple as “Trace, Press, Cut, Paste and Sew”.

In a word, fusible applique is “EASY”, so start now!


Supplies for Fusible Applique

  • Applique Pressing Sheet
  • Fusible Web (Steam-a-Seam Lite is a good brand)
  • Sharp Point Serrated Scissors (4″ or 5″ Blade)
  • 100% Cotton Fabric (Batiks fray very little)
  • Monofilament Thread
  • Open Toe Free Motion Foot

Easy Applique Basics – For Any Fusible Design

  • Most importantly, make sure tracing pattern is reversed before you begin. (It needs to be opposite of the final image layout.)
  • Trace and label each applique piece onto the paper side of fusible web.
  • Cut around images leaving 1/8” to 1/4” around drawn lines. DO NOT cut on drawn lines at this time.
  • Peel off the paper and apply the drawn shape to the wrong side of the corresponding fabric. (Make sure that when you peel the paper away the sticky material remains with the traced paper.)
  • Bond fusible web by pressing with iron on the paper side. (Follow manufacturers directions for best results.)
  • Cut images out on the drawn line.
  • Remove paper and position appliques in the correct order on an *applique pressing sheet, glue side down, (with placement guide positioned underneath, if available). Gently fuse together by pressing with the tip of the iron.
  • Carefully remove fused applique unit from sheet, position it on background fabric and arrange as desired.
  • Permanently fuse in place on the background fabric with iron, using a firm pressing and lifting motion.
  • Finally, stitch applique now or at the time of quilting. Use monofilament thread and a free motion straight stitch around the edges. (Remember, stitching doesn’t need to be perfect.)


*I recommend an Applique Pressing Sheet placed on top of the placement guide when available. It’s an easy way to correctly position individual applique pieces and lightly fuse together. You can lift the unit away without sticking to the guide or adhering to the pressing sheet, therefore it’s easy to move the unit into position on the background fabric and permanently fuse it in place.

Willow Bend Creations Caribou Crossing
Willow Bend Creations Caribou Crossing


In conclusion, my goal is to help anyone considering fusible applique for the first time, so please share your thoughts or comments on this post. We value your feedback!

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