Night Watch Row Quilt and Fusible Applique Basics for Beginners

Night Watch Row Quilt by Marie Noah at Northern Threads.

Night Watch Row Quilt

Night Watch is the 4th quilt in a series of scenic row quilts designed by Marie Noah, inspired by the Row by Row Experience. It can be made without borders and combined with other row patterns for a larger quilt project, or finished with the border to make a single art quilt. The choice is yours. If you haven’t given fusible applique a try, let me explain just how easy it is.

Fusible Applique Basics

Trace each applique piece onto the paper side of fusible web. Cut around images leaving 1/8” to 1/4” of room around drawn lines. Place the traced piece with the fusible (bumpy) side down on the wrong side of the chosen applique fabric and press with a hot iron. With sharp pointed scissors, cut out the shape along the traced lines. The bonded fusible web prevents the fabric edges from fraying. In addition, batik fabric used in Night Watch frays very little and holds a crisp edge.

Now, all that remains is some free motion stitching around the applique edges with clear thread. This way there are no worries if there are misguided stitches. For a large project, do the free motion stitching on appliques before assembling the quilt top for easier handling. If it’s a small quilt, you can finish the top first. Next, stack the top with the batting and backing and finish with the free motion around the appliques, stitching through all the layers. That way the applique and quilting are completed in one step. Fusible applique is truly as simple as “Trace, Press, Cut, Paste and Sew”.

Night Watch PatternNight Watch is traditional piecing with fusible applique. Very simple to make. Available in 3 easy options.

Finished Size with Borders 14 1/2″ x 41 1/2″
Finished Size Row Only 9″ x 36″
Skill Level: Basic Sewer

Includes: Complete full color instructions for piecing and “Easy Fusible Applique” Techniques. Laser cut, pre-fused appliques, fabrics to complete quilt top and binding as pictured.

Includes: Applique Pieces, laser cut and pre-fused (Pattern sold separately.)
If cutting out fabric pieces isn’t your forte, or you just want to get started on your project right away, our laser cut appliques are the perfect choice. We’ve done the hard part for you!

Includes: Complete full color instructions for piecing and “Easy Fusible Applique” Techniques.

Fusible Applique Basics – For Beginners

Supplies for Fusible Applique

  • Applique Pressing Sheet
  • Fusible Web (Wonder Under 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.

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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