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    I use wonder- under and hand applique. Love doing it. The fall I am going to try neddle turn applique

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    Quote Originally Posted by humbird
    Quote Originally Posted by littlehud
    I tried hand applique and didn't like it. I do applique on my machine.
    I do just the opposite here. I tried machine applique and didn't like it. I do applique by hand.
    I just couldn't feel comfortable using my machine to applique...I really love sitting in the evenings and doing handwork. Not a fan of fusible...I find it makes the fabric a little stiff.

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    I hand applique. I draw my pattern on the non iron side of iron on fusible interfacing. I then place it with the iron on side to the right side of the fabric and sew around the drawn line. I cut out both layers with a 1/4 " seam allowance, and clip my curves and cut off the excess at the points. I then cut a slit in the fusible, and turn the piece right side out. I then set it with the iron where I want to sew it onto my background, and then hand applique it down.

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    i do lots of applique...by hand, by machine, by english paper piecing, by fusing...how ever the project needs to be done. I just love applique..never thought about not being a 'true appliquer' if i don't hand applique everything...hmmmmm to me applique is applique, the technique does not matter. when i do fusable applique i usually use heat n bond lite or wonder under (just depends on which lqs i stop at which one is carried.) for machine applique it depends on the project, some i use a buttonhole stitch, sometimes a straight stitch, sometimes an invisible hem stitch. for hand applique i use a buttonhome stitch, or an invisible stitch, or a straight stitch. for fusable i still use stitching....what ever stitch i want to use on the project i am working on.
    there is no reason to be intimidated by applique it is a fun technique that opens up all kinds of possibilities and you have so many choices of technique. try stained glass applique, it is very forgiving and the creations are terrific even when you are new to the technique.

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    I recently did a machine applique. I think that I am going to go back to hand applique as I was not pleased with the way that it turned out.

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    I have always enjoyed doing applique by hand only. Whenever I tried to do it on the machine I was less than happy with the results. I was watching a demo at a quilt show and the demonstrator stated you must have the open toe foot for machine applique. I bought one immediately and must admit I was hooked. You can see what you are doing and the results were amazing. Good luck!

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    I use Stable Magic inside my applique. Its stiff, you cut out the piece, (actual size) attach it to the back of fabric with some glue stick (the washable kind) Cut out, adding a bit less than 1/4" for seams around the piece. Clip any inside curves almost to the Stable Magic. Use glue stick and turn the seam over onto the Stable Magic. Leave any side of a piece that will be covered by another piece un-turned. When all the pieces have been turned. I lay the pattern on a light box, then starting on the piece which lays fartherst back, use a tiny drop of Liquid Stitch on the unturned piece, then put the piece that is on top into the Liquid Stitch, press with iron to set. This makes everything stay together. Last is to use a tiny zig zag stitch with thread that matches the applique. Stitch all the seams down. Last put the applique in place on your background (again with glue stick) and stitch around the whole outside of the design. I use invisible thread for this step so I don't have to change colors when another piece is stitched over. Hope that's clear.

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    I have used both the glue stick and freezer paper method and love to do hand work. I have taken classes in Paducah to learn new methods to do applique work and found each teacher has something to offer. Furthermore, I can do this and join my husband in the living room in the evenings.
    Carol J.

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    I use soft fuse and it works like a dream. The trick is to use a small ziz-zag with thread that matches the fabric and it is vitruall invisible. i also like hand applique it just takes longer.

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    Hi Joanie, you asked about applique. I can tell you this IT IS ADDICTING! One year ago, I did my fist piece and since then have made three beautiful quilts and got my two oldest daughters hooked! What looks impossible is not. Use good thread and a tweezer to help with the tiny pieces. Try something simple first. I stick the piecs on , a few at a time, the baste a bit and away you go. I like to use a very thin short quilting needle, daughters like longer ones, I guess it's a personal thing. Love it1 :D :D :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joanie2
    I see so many absolutely stunning quilts that many of you share with us and I assume, I know that's a terrible word, that they are all hand applique.

    I have been quilting for over 25 years but have yet to do very much of it. I think I am a little intimidated by the whole idea of appliqueing anything but a very simple block. I'm wondering how many of you out there do the real thing and how many either machine applique or fuse. If you machine, do you use a buttonhole stitch or a satin stitch and if you fuse, what's the best fusible you use? What method works best for you? What tips can you give me? I need some help getting motivated and am hoping that your experience will light a fire under me. Thanks.
    I love to applique and I use my machine. I have tried hand applique and didn't enjoy it. I love to do hand stitching but that is not one I like to do. I fuse first and have used many stitches. I like to try new things. Almost all the baby quilts I make have applique on them. I love to do wall hangings too with applique.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoyoteQuilts
    I am not a fan of applique. BUT I have done it both ways--machine and hand. I hate hand work, but love the look of hand applique better than machine. Some can get the corners looking great with a machine, mine look like a disaster.... I usually do button hole stitch by hand and satin on machine (because of the disaster with button hole) I ALWAYS use some form of fusing. The last hand applique I did I use Steam a Seam 2 and it was very thick for me and difficult to needle. When I use a cheap fuse from a bolt from Jo-anns I don't have that problem. You just need to try different things to see what you like and go from there. Good luck on your adventure!
    You can use a glue stick also. Just don't put it where you will be stitching. It will wash out the first time you wash it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobbin along
    After extensive research, I have discovered that applique is actually impossible. People who disagree are just faking it! :lol: :lol: :lol:
    It is one of my favorite ways to fake a pretty quilt and I love it. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janis
    I hand applique. I draw my pattern on the non iron side of iron on fusible interfacing. I then place it with the iron on side to the right side of the fabric and sew around the drawn line. I cut out both layers with a 1/4 " seam allowance, and clip my curves and cut off the excess at the points. I then cut a slit in the fusible, and turn the piece right side out. I then set it with the iron where I want to sew it onto my background, and then hand applique it down.
    I've done that to. With that method you can hide your stitched. That is fun too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl
    i do lots of applique...by hand, by machine, by english paper piecing, by fusing...how ever the project needs to be done. I just love applique..never thought about not being a 'true appliquer' if i don't hand applique everything...hmmmmm to me applique is applique, the technique does not matter. when i do fusable applique i usually use heat n bond lite or wonder under (just depends on which lqs i stop at which one is carried.) for machine applique it depends on the project, some i use a buttonhole stitch, sometimes a straight stitch, sometimes an invisible hem stitch. for hand applique i use a buttonhome stitch, or an invisible stitch, or a straight stitch. for fusable i still use stitching....what ever stitch i want to use on the project i am working on.
    there is no reason to be intimidated by applique it is a fun technique that opens up all kinds of possibilities and you have so many choices of technique. try stained glass applique, it is very forgiving and the creations are terrific even when you are new to the technique.
    You are so right and I love applique too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IBQUILTIN
    I took a class on a technique that combines needle turn and fuseable. I just love it, but don't know what the actual name is. Check out Lorraine's Garden in the picture section. I did the whole thing with this technique. Look at the points!!! It sure simplifies everything.
    I do applique in all differnet ways. Different projects seem to call for different techniques. I'd love to know more about the technique that you are talking about IBQuilltin

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    Hand applique is my favorite technique. It is relaxing and it is so much more forgiving than piecing. I used to call it "ack-i-que" but my best friend taught a series of classes for our guild and I thought I should attend to support her efforts. I was hooked. There are a boat-load of methods
    to applique, and while I have my favorite, I use whatever seems to be the most appropriate for the situation. Sometimes I do fusible machine applique but I hate soing the machine stitching...I really mean hate too!

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    I do a lot of applique. I've never tried hand applique because I really need to avoid hand work as much as possible. But I do fusing and machine applique. I use Heat 'n Bond Lite and it has never let me down. You might have to reverse the design for some patterns, but many are already reversed for you. It's easy enough to do and a light box helps a lot.

    You can make a simple light box by using one of those plastic art totes--they're about 15 inches square and about 3 inches deep. Just stick a flashlight or some other kind of light inside, and there you go. You have a light box.

    I have done blanket stitch, satin stitch, and raw edge (meaning I just stitch very close to the edge). Raw edge gives a completely different look. My favorite it blanket stitch. I sew about three straight stitches, then switch to blanket stitch, then cover the straight stitches when I get around to the beginning, and finish off with a few more straight stitches right over the blanket stitch. You can't see them at all because they are hidden by the blanket stitch.

    It takes a little practice, and it would be good to read up on pivoting around corners and curves, but it's pretty simple. Really, you'll be surprised how easy it is, and it will open up a whole new world of quilting for you.

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    Going Green--use left-over dryer sheets in place of your iron-on interfacing, and then your glue stick or a glue baste-it product.
    Random thoughts--
    1. Your applique results will always be only as good as your pattern is--so trace/cut v-e-r-y carefully!
    2. Use an emory board on the edge of your template if it has a raggedy edge.
    3. Use a double layer of freezer paper for templates, with the ink in the center of the sandwich so it doesn't get on your fabric.
    4. Instead of a gluestick, try liquid SPRAY starch with a stencil brush, then press dry the edges. This will cause the edges to conform exactly to your template.

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    leaha What do you mean you lay in bits of fusible thread?

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    I would like to try this way to applique but I never heard of fusible thread. Is that what I ask for at Joann's? I have used the freezer paper but I put the shiny side down and adhere it (gently) to the wrong side of the piece and then iron fold the edges in and press. Your way sounds easier. I am going to try that, also.



    Quote Originally Posted by leaha
    I have tried several ways, I really like freezer paper. This is what I do. cut out freezer paper just as you want finished applique to be, then cut fabric 1/4 inch larger all around, place fabric right side down, center freezer paper on fabric shiny side up, fold over the 1/4 inch and press with a dry iron, all the way round. after cool remove freezer paper. and lay in bits of fusable thread, and heat with the tip of your iron, Now your applique bit is ready to put onto your back ground, either by machine or by hand, I also put a few bits of fusable thread to hold applique bit to the background.
    Hope that is understandable. :-)

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    I do the real deal applique--although if you like the fusible or machine applique there is NOTHING bad about it. I just happen to love to needle turn.

    lyn

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    Quote Originally Posted by lynmh
    I do the real deal applique--although if you like the fusible or machine applique there is NOTHING bad about it. I just happen to love to needle turn.

    lyn
    Fusible and machine applique is as "real deal" as needle turn.

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    I took a class from Sue Nichels a few years back and her and her sister won a Big aaward at the Houston Quilt Fest one year with her machine applique it was beautiful!

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    Love the idea of using bits of fusible thread to hold things in place! I use a very small blind hem stitch for machine applique with invisible thread on top. Sharon Schamber has great videos on both machine and hand applique and I took a class with her on machine applique. Kay Mackenzie has several books ( and a blog) on hand applique. She draws the pattern onto the back of background fabric, place a swatch of fabric for the applique on the front of the background. Then she does a running stitch thru both pieces right on the drawn line on the background, then appliques the swatch down. She trims the swatch so it is just outside her stitching lines, then needle turn the edge under, snipping and removing her running stitch as she goes. I found this an easy way for a beginner to learn needle turn.

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