What is Reverse Applique?

In this post, What is an Applique Quilt, we learned that applique was the process of adding designs by stitching fabric onto another base fabric.  Applique ADDS another layer.

Reverse applique is basically the opposite, in that it cuts through the top layer of fabric to reveal another color or layer of color hidden beneath the top layer.  I could go into great detail and write directions for you, however there is a good tutorial online that you can watch to see how it’s done.  Click the link below:


The Hmong use reverse applique frequently when they create their beautifully sewn Molas.


Another example of reverse applique from Mexico.


Some good books on reverse applique:

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