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    i received two really nice applique books from my best friend for Christmas........I have search the LQS and I still can not decided what fusible web to buy. Most of the patterns recommend Paper fusible back web......So far I have not found this. Could there be another name for this?? What would you recommend I buy. I will be machine appliquing.
    Maybe hand appliquing someetime once I feel comfortable with the machine.
    Suggestions would be so much appreciated.
    Happy New Year

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    Quote Originally Posted by Suz View Post
    I haven't tried the back basting method but do understand the concept. My question is about doing small circles - those that are about 1/4" in diameter. Is back basting possible?

    I am hand appliquing an Edyta Sitar project using needle turn but plan to back baste the next block. She uses a lot of tiny circles. -- I'll await answers from the experienced.
    Suz - For lots of my circles I use paper punches with card stock. I am the odd-ball that doesn't starch and iron them. I could burn my fingers. My circles get stitched around. Next pull the stitches and squeeze the edges instead of ironing. They are stored in a plastic bag under a book to keep them from popping back up. No washing out of starch either!! Am I lazy or what?
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    I might try that! Do you take the card stock circles out and then pull the stitches tight again? Or do you leave the card stock in until you're ready to sew the circles onto the quilt?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Suz View Post
    I haven't tried the back basting method but do understand the concept. My question is about doing small circles - those that are about 1/4" in diameter. Is back basting possible?

    I am hand appliquing an Edyta Sitar project using needle turn but plan to back baste the next block. She uses a lot of tiny circles. -- I'll await answers from the experienced.
    Suz---which Edyta Sitar project are you working on? I'm currently doing her Applique Affair pattern. I posted pictures on page 93 of this thread.
    Last edited by sue z q; 12-28-2011 at 04:06 PM. Reason: correct page number

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    Two years ago a family member got married. I knew I wouldn't get it done. In the card I wrote to them that I will have their quilt done by their 50th wedding anniversary. So I still hae 48 years to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by faykilgore View Post
    FWDesigns, I love your furry black cat. What's his name?
    He's a she! LOL They named her Charlotte at the pound and we just kept it. Poor little thing was there about a month before we adopted her and was starting to lose her hair. That was about 8 years ago and look at her today- lots of hair and still shedding but not from stress. She's definitely a cutie! Everyone always says that she looks big but it's just an illusion because of all the long hair (she only weighs a little over 7 pounds). She's my baby since I don't have any children. She's not available but we do have a 120 pound labrador that I would love to send off but hubby is not going for it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by faykilgore View Post
    Bev,
    Love the Cinderella quilt. What a lucky granddaughter!
    Thanks. I really appreciate it.
    Bev
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    Quote Originally Posted by Suz View Post
    I haven't tried the back basting method but do understand the concept. My question is about doing small circles - those that are about 1/4" in diameter. Is back basting possible?

    I am hand appliquing an Edyta Sitar project using needle turn but plan to back baste the next block. She uses a lot of tiny circles. -- I'll await answers from the experienced.
    I love back-basting and do it in conjunction with Jane Townswick's unit applique method for everything I applique.

    I've tried to back-bast teeny circles and didn't like the results; I wound up using a hole punch to make template plastic circles and gathering the fabric per usual for pre-prepped circles. (Gather fabric, tie off, trim, throw it in a teacup full of water, press dry, clip and remove template, applique.) WIth circles that small, it was easier not to precut larger circles to gather up. I used a sticky-sided template, stuck that onto the fabric, gathered it and then cut the tiny bobble away, leaving a small irregular circle in the large piece of fabric.

    It was possible to use the back basting tracing on the reverse of the fabric to position the tiny suckers, though. I put three pins through the fabric from the back on the edge of the traced circle, then dropped the pre-made shape into the middle of them and sewed it down.

    If I'm lucky, here's a photo of the work in progress:
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    Catlinye, Great job in selecting and positioning your leaves. The outer edges with all those little divits look really good. You must have the patience of a saint. I also like the color selections for the grapes. What is the project you are working on? Besure to post the completed block for us all.

    Having takes courses from Karen Buckley, I am familiar with the template/gathered/starched/ironed method. Before learning her method, I did circles by hand. Way back, I did Robert Callaham's "Grandma's Country Album II" and one of the blocks had 88 - 3/8" berries - all needle turned.

    Thanks for all the advice on making them, though. I was just curious about the back baste method for making them. Guess I'll just stick to my old method. You know the old dog and new tricks . . . .

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    Sue Z Q: The name of the Edyta Sitar I am working on is entitled "Applique Affair". Just love her designs. I have about 18 of the 25 blocks completed and then the applique border to do.

    Funny story: While at the local market, I was introduced to a fellow quilter's cousin. When asked about my current project, I mentioned the above project. The cousin related that Edyta lives near her and I think she said she was also member of her guild. And my friend also has taken a course from her at the Lancaster Quilt Show.

    Question: Did your Daddy call you Sue Z Q? Mine did. Haven't heard the name for some time!

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    Thank you cleodaisy. I need to gather some resource sites. I have quite a few books and dvd's. And I agree with thepolyparrot regarding using the yo yo method to do circles. I bought one set of Karen Kay Buckley's "Perfect Circles" and I want to get the larger set one day. The circles on my current project came out perfect.

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    A guild member demonstrated how she does circles and I will do them like this from now on...she uses HEAVY DUTY aluminum foil, places the fabric circle cut bigger than plastic circle template...creases foil all around circle and then places a very hot iron on it for about 10 seconds...use heat proof plastic or xray film (shes uses this all the time). Don't worry if the plastic circle crinkles alittle bit, it can be used again...extreme heat must set edges because they don't loose the edge....so easy and can do so many at a time...
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    Suz - Thanks! I will post the block when it's finished; it's almost done (two leaves to go, plus embroidering some tendrils for the vine.) It will be the sides of a fabric box; the top is a variation of a miniature wreath block Ellie Sienkiewicz taught at Applique by the Bay a couple years ago, and I'm more or less making it up on the fly.

    Oh! Something else I've seen done for tiny circles is to use ultrasuede; just cut them out and stitch them down, no need to turn the edges under (Ellie loves ultrasuede for tiny pieces, that's what made me think of it.)

    The serrated leaves are my own technique. You make a first pass and stitch the edges down with gaps between the stitches where you want the serrations, then make a second pass and draw the fabric back with stitches in the gaps.
    Last edited by catlinye_maker; 12-29-2011 at 12:09 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LindaR View Post
    A guild member demonstrated how she does circles and I will do them like this from now on...she uses HEAVY DUTY aluminum foil, places the fabric circle cut bigger than plastic circle template...creases foil all around circle and then places a very hot iron on it for about 10 seconds...use heat proof plastic or xray film (shes uses this all the time). Don't worry if the plastic circle crinkles alittle bit, it can be used again...extreme heat must set edges because they don't loose the edge....so easy and can do so many at a time...
    I'm having a hard time picturing this in my head. Can you show us some pictures?
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    Quote Originally Posted by catlinye_maker View Post
    I love back-basting and do it in conjunction with Jane Townswick's unit applique method for everything I applique.

    I've tried to back-bast teeny circles and didn't like the results; I wound up using a hole punch to make template plastic circles and gathering the fabric per usual for pre-prepped circles. (Gather fabric, tie off, trim, throw it in a teacup full of water, press dry, clip and remove template, applique.) WIth circles that small, it was easier not to precut larger circles to gather up. I used a sticky-sided template, stuck that onto the fabric, gathered it and then cut the tiny bobble away, leaving a small irregular circle in the large piece of fabric.

    It was possible to use the back basting tracing on the reverse of the fabric to position the tiny suckers, though. I put three pins through the fabric from the back on the edge of the traced circle, then dropped the pre-made shape into the middle of them and sewed it down.

    If I'm lucky, here's a photo of the work in progress:
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    Your piece is so pretty. I love the way you fussy cut the leaves. I have several of Jane Townswick's books. My first attempt at a large quilt was from "Artful Applique". Her lessons are so nice to follow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thepolyparrot View Post
    I might try that! Do you take the card stock circles out and then pull the stitches tight again? Or do you leave the card stock in until you're ready to sew the circles onto the quilt?
    The card stock stays in until I am ready to sew the circles on.
    cleodaisy

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    Does anyone have a fool-proof way of doing "innies". My out points are good, but have trouble with the in-points/clevage.

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    I do needle-turn applique and enjoy it very much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mojo11 View Post
    Does anyone have a fool-proof way of doing "innies". My out points are good, but have trouble with the in-points/clevage.
    Not fool-proof by any means, but what I do is clip to the inside point JUST before stitching, stitch down one side of the V until about an eighth of an inch from the point, then use the side of the needle to sweep the point of the V under, going from one side about a quarter inch up to the other side where the stiching done so far stops. Then pinch it flat between thumb and finger to press it, and stitch. I go deeper into the applique fabric at the point and take three or four stitches there, going into the background fabric at the center of the V and then fanning out into the applique fabric.

    If there are teeny threads sticking out I try to tuck them under before stitching, or if they fight that I take an extra stitch and maneuver the thread to catch the loose piece and draw it into the edge. I try not to manipulate the fabric more than the minimum needed to get the right shape so that things don't start to fray; that's also the reason for never clipping before I get there.

    If you look at your hand and spread three fingers out wide apart, your fingers are the stitches; the tips of your fingers are the ends of stitches into the applique fabric and your center knuckle is the center of the V, if everything was expanded several thousand percent. I hope this makes sense; it's hard to describe in words!

    I'm always looking for a better way to handle these; looking forward to everyone else's tips!
    Last edited by catlinye_maker; 01-02-2012 at 03:16 PM.

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    I'm new to applique and am doing a Dear Jane. I need to applique 4 heart shapes on a 5" block ... so ... any advice on what applique method to use? I'm totally intimidated by the points LOL. Sandpat shared the back basting technique which i tried for the first time on circles and loved it ... but ... the points (shudder). I don't want to take the easy way out and fuse them. I'm going to use my DJ's to make toppers for my kitchen and dining room windows so they will have to stand up to machine washing without falling apart (hopefully). thanks all

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    Try using the smallest drop of fray check on those inside points.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catlinye_maker View Post
    Not fool-proof by any means, but what I do is clip to the inside point JUST before stitching, stitch down one side of the V until about an eighth of an inch from the point, then use the side of the needle to sweep the point of the V under, going from one side about a quarter inch up to the other side where the stiching done so far stops. Then pinch it flat between thumb and finger to press it, and stitch. I go deeper into the applique fabric at the point and take three or four stitches there, going into the background fabric at the center of the V and then fanning out into the applique fabric.

    If there are teeny threads sticking out I try to tuck them under before stitching, or if they fight that I take an extra stitch and maneuver the thread to catch the loose piece and draw it into the edge. I try not to manipulate the fabric more than the minimum needed to get the right shape so that things don't start to fray; that's also the reason for never clipping before I get there.

    If you look at your hand and spread three fingers out wide apart, your fingers are the stitches; the tips of your fingers are the ends of stitches into the applique fabric and your center knuckle is the center of the V, if everything was expanded several thousand percent. I hope this makes sense; it's hard to describe in words!

    I'm always looking for a better way to handle these; looking forward to everyone else's tips!
    Thank you. I will try this method.

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    As promised, here's a photo of the finished grapevine applique. There's a quarter in there for scale. There's still some embroidery to do before it gets transformed into a box, but everything except the last leaf that will go over the seam once it's sewn is done. Done, done, done!

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    Wow that is a beautiful grapevine applique!
    So tiny and fresh looking, and the leaves are spectacular!

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    Morelcabin, thanks for the kind words!

    I am wrestling with whether to add tendrils in a soft green (not too many, just a few here and there) with embroidery or just leave it as is. It gets cut down to a bit over 2 inches wide (the points of the background squares are roughly at the edge of the finished size piece.) What do you guys think?

    Also, if anyone's interested I could revise the tutorial I wrote on how to do the serrated leaves and put a link here.

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