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    Background is a big choice. This quilt is a big time investment and I can understand wanting it just right. If I do this again I'm thinking about going the opposite way - a more controlled color palette and a light background.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ducky
    Kathy, you said the points in your avatar are Fairy Frost? Have you posted a larger picture of that anywhere? I'd love to study it, and see the Fairy Frost up close.

    Here is the link I just posted. It's the quilt. Don't know how well the fabrics will show up as the pic is at the lower end of pixels

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-101797-1.htm#2587496

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterflyspain
    Well caught up with you all chatting AGAIN. every morning I have a couple of pages to read, all good stuff. I like that idea Patti and have saved that search. That is really great stuff.

    I also like I think the idea of printing it off and then cutting out the shapes, only fault I can find with that is, your design won´t be as laid out inthe book, it might squiff a bit and it really is necessary to have it all centralised especially when you get to the sewing part......ask me how I know that. My trial block is squiffy just for that reason. Unless I have missed something within your idea it does sound great though.

    Welcome to all the newcomers. We really have a lovely quilting bee here and I am so looking forward to seeing our very first blocks. Getting organised with the new QAYG idea and have thought how I can get it up and running quicker.

    Question shall I put the tute here on the board or in the Tutorial section what all y'all think lol
    I lay it out on an almost clear silicone sheet that I can iron it to, then peel it off, line up the center marks and iron it again, then sew it...

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    Hi I don't use washaway sheets. I use Heat 'n Bond lite. It is easy to sew through. I print on the paper side of Heat 'n Bond, then pat it with a tissue, actually lay a tissue on the ink side and pat it. As soon as I fugure ouut how to get them out of my camera I will send pictures. I put the enlarged pattern under the silicone sheet and lay the pieces on top of the sheet...when you peel them off, they are all lined up with the "cross hairs" in the middle of the pattern. feel free to ask quetions. I have done this with McKEnna Ryan patterns and it works well, however,I don't do much sewing on those, they usually are hung on a wll,

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    Ducky, I like the blue better than the brown, even if I would normally gravitate to the brown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    Ducky, I like the blue better than the brown, even if I would normally gravitate to the brown.
    Thanks Mad. I normally gravitate to browns, greens, tans.... I just thought that a denim look would be different. I just don't know what it actually looks like -- that's always the danger of buying online.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterflyspain
    Welcome Jaquie, where in Scotland are you. I am a native, but now retired to Spain. Born near Edinburgh.

    By the way Ducky I love the brown, didn´t see the denim though, but both would make good backgrounds. I can see the denim with loads of yellows oranges,
    hi, i live near loch lomond, used to have a place years ago in dalgety bay, loved it over there.
    i'm actually a yorkshire girl, but moved up here 21 years ago...
    when did you leave scotland???
    i bet you don't miss the rain! rofl :lol:

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    Ducks, I like the blue too! You are allowed to change your mind if you like. It can get expensive if you buy it each time though! I think you can go lots of directions on the blue background.

    Do you guys find that when you fuse applique pieces down, then blanket stitch...that they will fray a bit when you wash the quilt? I don't know if I just do it wrong or what, but I don't like the fraying part at all. I don't satin stitch well enough to make it look nice and smooth (like the appliqued by embroidery machine). That pretty much leaves me with needle turn...unless ya'll can tell me I'm just wrong about the fusibles.

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    I love the denim too Ducky!!

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    Patti, my fusible with blanket stitch frays too...but I am not that good at it.
    Eleanor Burns has a method where you turn the edges under the fusible turning the whole thing out, I tried it once, no fraying but very time consuming....for me anyway--I am slow--plus i would imagine the smaller pieces would be hard to turn inside out.

    What I am hoping to do however, is what the lady who taught me called "invisible machine appliqué". Using heat-resistant templates and starch, you turn the edges under, then use invisible hem stitch to appliqué it down...it is obviously more time consuming that just fusible with blanket stitch but I can get better looking stitches with it and no fraying.

    Quote Originally Posted by sandpat
    Ducks, I like the blue too! You are allowed to change your mind if you like. It can get expensive if you buy it each time though! I think you can go lots of directions on the blue background.

    Do you guys find that when you fuse applique pieces down, then blanket stitch...that they will fray a bit when you wash the quilt? I don't know if I just do it wrong or what, but I don't like the fraying part at all. I don't satin stitch well enough to make it look nice and smooth (like the appliqued by embroidery machine). That pretty much leaves me with needle turn...unless ya'll can tell me I'm just wrong about the fusibles.

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    Ducky, I think both look nice, the denim will be different though, I like it.

    And Lesley, good to see on the board again, we missed ya.

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    Thanks Candi...thats why I've always done the freezer paper method. I don't like the fraying at all! I need to check further into the method where you fuse the edge. I wonder if its hard to sew through that though?

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    I saw on one of Alex Anderson's shows where she likes to use spray starch in preparing her applique pieces. You have to be a member of The Quilt Show to see her piece about it, but I found a tutorial about it online. This is exactly the way Alex does it, and it really does work well. You can prepare either hand applique pieces or pieces to be machine appliqued. The only difference I see is that I use my mini iron and in the tutorial it looks like she's using a regular iron.


    http://supposecreatedelight.com/wordpress/?page_id=199

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandpat
    Thanks Candi...thats why I've always done the freezer paper method. I don't like the fraying at all! I need to check further into the method where you fuse the edge. I wonder if its hard to sew through that though?
    Patti, I am going to try to remember how I did this. I believe she had me sew the fusible to the right side of the appliqué fabric, all around, trim croners and what not then cut a slit in the fusible and turn the shape inside out to expose the right side of the fabric for the appliqué shape, at that point, you have the edges sewn under with the fusible and you just fuse it down and so whatever stitching you like. She even suggests putting batting in for a dimensional look, somebody who is more graceful than me would do a better job, I found it hard to turn the little pieces with sharp points , like leaves, inside out without getting frustrated, lol, but it is a nice look. Hope I made sense :oops: :roll:

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    Judy, this is pretty much what I am hoping to do but like you, I use a mini iron and a Templar sheet for the pattern. Getting the pieces ready takes a while, I am hoping to be able to start a few weeks before June and just get few temPlates and shapes cut, so I can just turn under and sew when I am short on time.

    Quote Originally Posted by JudyG
    I saw on one of Alex Anderson's shows where she likes to use spray starch in preparing her applique pieces. You have to be a member of The Quilt Show to see her piece about it, but I found a tutorial about it online. This is exactly the way Alex does it, and it really does work well. You can prepare either hand applique pieces or pieces to be machine appliqued. The only difference I see is that I use my mini iron and in the tutorial it looks like she's using a regular iron.


    http://supposecreatedelight.com/wordpress/?page_id=199

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    I generally just use the freezer paper, apply some starch with a little paint brush to the edges, then iron the edges in around the paper. You are all right, though, it does pay to take the time do prepare the pieces prior to sewing them down. It makes all the difference in the world.

    I think if you have to turn the pieces like you are saying Alex Anderson does...I may just stick with either my method, or back basting. I think trying to turn these small pieces will be difficult.

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    I have used "used" dryer sheets and spray starch for fusibles, the Eleanor Burns way. I ran out of fusible web once, and decided to use something rather like it, so I boiled a few dryer sheets then rinsed them well, ironed them dry and sewed them to the right side of the fabric piece, made a little slit in the back side turned them inside out and sprayed them. Ironed that dry and they worked just as well except that had to pin them in the right place.No frayed edges there. I don't know if they fray in the wash my way of doing fusibles, I have never done a bed quilt, just wall hangings. I don't used a blanket stitch (takes way too long), I just stitch as close to the edge as I can...and just FYI, I discovered that using the heat and bond lite, the ink does not come off on the kleenex, it is instantly dry....(the fusible I used first worked as well, but the ink didn't absorb like the heat and bond does. Did you know that dryer sheets will take the goook off the iron? Out of the box ones, not boiled ones. They sold them in Keepsake Quilting for a while and I ordered some not realizing what they were, not sure they are still there because I called them and complained that they were about 5 selling dryer sheets for $10...they hadn't realized what was in the package.

    Quote Originally Posted by candi
    Judy, this is pretty much what I am hoping to do but like you, I use a mini iron and a Templar sheet for the pattern. Getting the pieces ready takes a while, I am hoping to be able to start a few weeks before June and just get few temPlates and shapes cut, so I can just turn under and sew when I am short on time.

    Quote Originally Posted by JudyG
    I saw on one of Alex Anderson's shows where she likes to use spray starch in preparing her applique pieces. You have to be a member of The Quilt Show to see her piece about it, but I found a tutorial about it online. This is exactly the way Alex does it, and it really does work well. You can prepare either hand applique pieces or pieces to be machine appliqued. The only difference I see is that I use my mini iron and in the tutorial it looks like she's using a regular iron.


    http://supposecreatedelight.com/wordpress/?page_id=199

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    I read recently that the dryer sheets are supposed to be very flammable. Before you actually use them (even washed and dried) why don't you do a burn test?

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    I have been out of town visiting my oldest daughter and missed so much. I enjoy all of you ladies so much. I like to use freezer paper for applique. I use it with the shinny side facing out and just press the turn under to it. Then I take out the freezer paper and Use some 505 spray to put it in place. This works fairly well. Or you can use two or three drops of glue, but not all the way around.

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    Lesley welcome back missed you.

    Judy love that fabric. thank you for the tute.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    I read recently that the dryer sheets are supposed to be very flammable. Before you actually use them (even washed and dried) why don't you do a burn test?
    Someone here posted a thread about that and I (of course!) challenged the comparison. So someone else actually did a burn test comparing different fusible and dryer sheets. They are ALL flammable and burn the same according to her findings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaigai
    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    I read recently that the dryer sheets are supposed to be very flammable. Before you actually use them (even washed and dried) why don't you do a burn test?
    Someone here posted a thread about that and I (of course!) challenged the comparison. So someone else actually did a burn test comparing different fusible and dryer sheets. They are ALL flammable and burn the same according to her findings.
    Well that's good to know. Thanks Gai.

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    Jacquie, beautiful part of Scotland, cold though lol I moved to England when I was 19 then when I retired I moved here. Been here for 10 yrs in October. Believe it or not we don´t get the rain you all get but in the winter when it rains woweee does it lash down. We have had more than average this year as well. Nice to meet you.

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    You don't know how much I missed not being here, but thanks for the welcome back - it was only a few days, but it felt as if I had had my right arm amputated!

    Good job I hadn't though - yes, I did keep sewing, I have been bewitched and can't stop making them. I am still taking pics as I go along, so when we get to the relevant week in the schedule, I can post them for you all to see how I did them - I have just finished my 8th block (sorry ladies), so I have the top two rows of the centre section done now.

    It's been really interesting to read all the discussions of various alternative ways of tackling these babies. I have seen programmes of Eleanor Burns making circles and simple shapes by sewing a lightweight iron on vilene on the right side, then turning inside out, and it worked very well. I thing using this method on small leaf shapes might be fiddly, but still possible - but I'm not sure about the scroll shapes (I have just finished block 17). There is a good example of the scroll shapes on the front cover of the book. The yellow ones have their tails tucked under a leaf shape, but the others arrive at a fairly fine point - could you turn that inside out? Not sure.

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    I'm still not sold that you could do all parts of these smaller patterns by the turn inside out method. It may just be that we'll need to use several different methods on each block to make them easy to do and to end up with the pretty points that we all want. That is unless you are doing straight needle turn...something to think about for sure!

    Lesely...8 blocks :shock:..maybe I should loose my internet! Oh NO...bite my tongue!

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