Reversible Quilted & Appliquéd Block

March 23, 2017By Anna AldmonAppliqué, Quilting, Tutorial 7 Comments Opinion by Paid Consultant

There are times where I’ve wanted to add an Appliqué to a project, but I’ve known it would be seen from both sides, so it also had to look good from the back. Here’s how! It works with shapes that can be mirrored, so letters aren’t the perfect candidate. Here I’ve used a Bunny on a pair of quilted blocks that I bound and turned into a place mat.

Machine Used:

THE Dream Machine® Innov-ís XV8500D

Materials and Supplies:

Applique Front 756

I start with a quilted block that used the 9 ½” x 14” Hoop on THE Dream Machine®.
Quilted and Appliqué Placemat IMGP0685

I then used the camera scan function to scan the quilted block and loaded the Bunny appliqué design.
Quilted and Applique Placemat 686
Move the Bunny appliqué design on the screen to the desired placement on the Quilted Block using the scanned image as guidance.
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Stitch out all parts of Bunny Appliqué EXCEPT the cover stitch.
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Remove the hoop from the embroidery unit and turn it over. Place a piece of fabric on top of the Bunny outline, securing using embroidery tape.
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Return hoop to embroidery unit and select the color change step that is the Tack Down Stitch. Initiate the Tack Down Stitch to secure the fabric that is on the backside of the quilted block. Remove hoop from embroidery unit, turn it over and TRIM the excess fabric.
Quilted and Applique Placemat 693
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Replace the white embroidery bobbin thread with a bobbin that matches the top thread. Return the hoop to the embroidery unit and select the color change step that is the Cover Stitch. Initiate the Cover Stitch to finish the edges of the appliqué. The finished design is pretty on the front and back of the Quilted Block.
Quilted and Applique Placemat 697
Quilted and Applique Placemat 696

Quilted Blocks 1 and Bunnies and More are products of Anna’s Awesome Appliqué Designs, and Brother International Corporation makes no representations or warranties regarding such products.


  • I love this idea! What a great technique. I’m thinking about the fully lined A-line jumpers I make so often for my granddaughter. Because she is a messy little dirt magnet, her clothes get soiled quickly. With the same applique on self lining she could be shiny clean half way through the birthday party or park play date. Thanks for the great instructions.

    • I think its great your grand-daughter is not afraid of experimenting with all materials and getting clothes dirty and at the same time building up her immune system. Children should be encouraged to play and not worry about getting stains on their clothes.


  • Thanks so much for this detailed set of instructions. Just what I have been needing. Just one more tip added to this would have been great. Remind us about not using the automatic thread cutter at the end, so that it can be hidden by hand afterwards.

    • Hi Jill,
      Thank you for taking the time to comment and add your tip! That is something I adore about this community, how much we all just want to help each other make beautiful things. I’m so glad you enjoyed this post by Anna. We have more posts on THE Dream Machine to come, but we have many already. Be sure to either pop “THE Dream Machine” or the feature you are looking for in the Search box, located in the upper right hand side of this page, and all of the blog posts that we have mentioning these will populate for you to enjoy. Don’t see the feature you want to learn more about listed? Leave a comment and we’ll add it to the list for a future blog post!

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  • I know it has been awhile since you posted this. However I am hoping you will see my question. How would you do this with an applique that has several parts to it, using different fabrics and colors of satin stitches at the end?

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