Silhoucat Quilt-Along with LUKE Haynes, Part 2

Now that the top is pieced, we are ready for the silhouette appliqué! Want to join us? Great—click over to Part 1 to get started!

I have designed a cat silhouette for you to use, BUT I will now encourage you to go make your own. Make your cat or dog or spouse or fish or a nice pizza. This is a place for you to add your own thing.

Some good ways of doing this are to take a good picture where your subject is backlit (the light is behind them like near a window or in front of a lamp) and then trace around that image. You can print it out as big as you want, one piece at a time or just freehand draw it on a large piece of paper grocery bag or tracing paper or whatever large paper you have lying around. The pizza you can lay out on a white counter or tray to take a picture. Or you can Google a silhouette of anything like “dog silhouette” or “wine glass silhouette”, it’s up to you.

So let’s learn the method using the cat I provided for ease of reference, but you can use whatever you created. You may want to make one like this, and then add your own on a second quilt once you are confident on the method.

Print out the cat silhouette using the two PDF files provided with this Quilt-Along.

Silhoucat Template 1

Silhoucat Template 2

Luke Haynes Silhoucat Quilt Along

Cut out the pieces and tape them together.

Luke Haynes Silhoucat Quilt Along

Grab a very dark fabric and lay the silhouette template on the fabric.

Luke Haynes Silhoucat Quilt Along

Trace around it with a pencil that will show up on the dark fabric. A white charcoal pencil does a good job.

Luke Haynes Silhoucat Quilt Along

Make sure it looks like what you are trying to make.

Luke Haynes Silhoucat Quilt Along

Then cut it out! I use an X-acto knife, but you can use scissors or a blow-torch or your teeth as you see fit.

Luke Haynes Silhoucat Quilt Along

Lay out your little buddy on the background for positioning.

Luke Haynes Silhoucat Quilt Along

Then glue that sucker down!

Luke Haynes Silhoucat Quilt Along

Make sure you use acid-free glue for this, or it will degrade over time.

Luke Haynes Silhoucat Quilt Along

Now it’s ready to finish/quilt.

Luke Haynes Silhoucat Quilt Along

2 thoughts on “Silhoucat Quilt-Along with LUKE Haynes, Part 2

  1. Very cute! Love it. If I do this I will copy the patterned flipped on fusible stuff like thermoweb then uncut fuse it to the fabric. Then cut it out from the pattern. Much easier to cut a detailed pattern with the paper stuck too it. Also it you get to skip the “glue” step.

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