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Thread: Your Favorite Applique Tips

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    Super Member Minnesewta-sam's Avatar
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    Jenny @ Missouri Star has a four part series on applique with an applique expert. It is really worthwhile watching in my opinion.
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    I love using YLI silk thread. It's wonderful stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woody View Post
    Fo needleturn applique I love silk thread and superfine needles. I use 2 layers of freezer paper as a template ironed on to my piece. I then use some liquid starch applied with a paintbrush and a mini iron to press my seam allowances down. I then remove the freezer paper and stitch it down http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvnqtxBeBj8
    For the pesky little inner points, I use just the tiniest little bit of elmers glue just to hold those few centre threads. Don't use too much as you wont be able to stitch though it.
    this is the same way i do it
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    Quote Originally Posted by jemma View Post
    =pin from underneath the work so no pin ends to catch the thread where you are working
    i love this tip!!!!
    Nancy in western NY

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    I'm working on my very first applique project, so I appreciate everyone's tips! I do have one of my own - don't be intimidated! I don't know why, but I was really intimidated by applique and thought it was going to be really difficult. (I'm doing needle-turn hand applique.) There are certainly challenges, but after all, it's just fabric and thread. If you mess up, take it off and start over. I'm having a lot of fun!
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    I love applique in all its forms. Latelly I am basting the piece before appliqueing it. It is much better than having the pins that catch your thread. I haven't tried pinning from underneath! I guess i need to try.
    :-( I wish I was a full time quilter!
    Andrea (Margate, FL)

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    These are some great tips, everyone! I'm trying out a lot of them this morning - so cool. Thanks!

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    I always starch my fabric befgore cutting out the pieces, helps prevent fraying. I use Caryola washable markers for marking I need to do. I alos use a round wooden toothpick to roll under my seam allowance as stitching. The roughness of the wood grips the fabvric and makes turning under a breeze. The last itme I cant be without is my 3.50X magnifing glasses, so much easier when you can see what youre doing!
    Quilt outside of the box!

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    love the tip of pinning from the backsite!!!!
    Gonna try that immediately
    greetz, fien
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    I glue, either with stick glue or Elmers School. Use just a tiny bit at each place. One of the neat things about using glue is you can make detailed things like hummingbird or flowers, or, in the case of one of my grandchildren, totem pole images of Raven or Eagle, etc. and get them exactly where they should be, and they'll stay until you sew. These all come completely out when washed.

    Hint for grannies: help a child find a picture s/he finds exciting (not toooo detailed); use tissue paper to make templates (we don't have a printer); go to your stash and choose bright plain colors and let them choose (provide guidance when necessary because you want the child to really like the outcome; teach how to cut the patterns, (for really young or unsure children it can be better to not have seam allowance, for older the can understand why); help them paste the cut pieces on to the chosen backing; and bingo, your little one has a wonderful picture to give Mommy or Daddy and they are so proud! AND you have used a bit of your scraps. I've never done it, but they could design quilts this way also and make mini quilts for their paperdolls or rungs for their doll houses, or.....

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