A Bias Stem is a stem or vine for applique made from a piece of fabric cut on the bias so it can be in the size and shape desired. There are many techniques for making and applying bias stems to your quilt. All methods begin with a strip of fabric cut on a 45 degree angle.
Benefits of Bias Stems
- Bias Stems lay perfectly when using this technique to make curved, thin lines of applique', like stems for plants.
Tools and Supplies for Bias Stems
When making Bias Stems, you may need the following tools and supplies.
- Fabric or Bias Cut Ribbon
- Bias Bars
- Bias Tape makers of various sizes (optional)
- Ruler with 45 degree angle marking
- Rotary cutter and mat
- Hand applique needles
- Applique Pins
What I Wish I Knew When I Started making Bias Stems
Metal bias bars make for crisp edges on Bias Stems and Vines. Basket handles can be made with the same technique.