A piecer wanted the brightly colored fabric (shown in the photo below) to stand out more clearly, and wanted it to appear is if it were “floating” on top of the other fabrics. To accomplish this, a technique called “couching” was used. This method secures fibers to the surface of the quilt that would not normally fit through the needle’s eye (see the finished block in the photo, below right). Isn’t it amazing how that little accent has such a big impact?
You’ll need a few supplies to successfully “couch” fibers such as yarn, ribbon, and lace to your quilt:
- Invisible Thread
- Extended Base
- Bobbin Case with tension loosened
- Bobbin wound one-half full with invisible thread
- Large-eye Needle
Check out the following link for our video that illustrates this technique: