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    Applique Club (Do you like to applique, lets chit chat here)

    I am learning to applique and thought this would be fun for all of us to chit chat here about applique. This way we can all learn together!

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    I do like to applique but I do the raw edge machine applique and I don't think it's really considered appliquing. But, it works for me and that's what I will continue to do. I absolutely hate to do any hand work.

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    Hi,

    Love to see some of your projects with your raw edge machine applique

    Quote Originally Posted by KathyAire
    I do like to applique but I do the raw edge machine applique and I don't think it's really considered appliquing. But, it works for me and that's what I will continue to do. I absolutely hate to do any hand work.

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    LOVE IT!!! LOVE IT!!! LOVE IT!!! :lol: :lol: As a matter of fact, I just finished a wedding quilt top that has sunflowers, hearts, and guitars for a dear friend's son. My only problem with it is that I'm not sure it will be completely finished (ie. quilted) in time for his wedding. :oops: :roll: I do enjoy doing hand applique because I find it so relaxing, and I can take it anywhere with me. I can hardly wait to get started on another hand-appliqued quilt. I have done machine applique, but I really prefer doing it by hand. :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by craftybear
    Applique Club (Do you like to applique, lets chit chat here)

    I am learning to applique and thought this would be fun for all of us to chit chat here about applique. This way we can all learn together!
    Count me in! I'm dying to learn to applique. I've looked at tutorials but they confuse me. Does anyone have a website or youtube video they could recommend that would help me learn how to applique? Thanks!

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    I would love to join. I have been leaning to doing aplique cannot wait to talk!

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    I have an applique project all ready to go, but I need some help. I'm hoping my mom will have time to help me learn this new skill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by craftybear

    Love to see some of your projects with your raw edge machine applique
    Most of my applique is dogs. I have done some flowers, as in 'Happy Daisies'. I will have to look and see what I might have left. I give most of my stuff away.

    Here are the dogs.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-50844-1.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by KathyAire
    Quote Originally Posted by craftybear

    Love to see some of your projects with your raw edge machine applique
    Most of my applique is dogs. I have done some flowers, as in 'Happy Daisies'. I will have to look and see what I might have left. I give most of my stuff away.

    Here are the dogs.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-50844-1.htm
    Those are too flippin' cute! :thumbup:

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    I've never done it. I would love to chat about it to see what I can learn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KathyAire
    I do like to applique but I do the raw edge machine applique and I don't think it's really considered appliquing. But, it works for me and that's what I will continue to do. I absolutely hate to do any hand work.
    Why would applying by machine be any less "real" than applying by hand? Applique means "to apply" in French. Just as machine piecing and machine quilting are just as real as hand pieceing and hand quilting, machine applique is just as real.

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    I have done some raw-edge machine applique, and am currently doing A Primitive Garden BOM quilt with wool. It is a huge project; but working with the wool is so nice. The needle goes through it like a knife through butter. Got to see the quilt at the VT. quilt show a couple of years ago, and 3 of us gals ordered it.....still not done by any of us lol.
    Hope to learn needle turn at some point.

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    I just found this cool video to watch blanket stitch by hand applique

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpyF4...eature=related

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    I will be watching this topic...I have never appliqued before but I soon will be starting a project that the center is applique and I will be doing the old timeeeee way of needle turn...I feel it is important to start at the beginning of applique and adapt to the technique I like best.

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    Great idea! I have been trying to improve my appliqué technique
    for some time. I seem to do better when I use the freezer paper method, but it still looks pretty sad next to the work that some of my friends do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen
    Why would applying by machine be any less "real" than applying by hand? Applique means "to apply" in French. Just as machine piecing and machine quilting are just as real as hand pieceing and hand quilting, machine applique is just as real.
    It's not that it isn't 'real', it's just that, to me, the hand applique looks so much better. There is such a difference. That being said, when I do dogs, that's not something that is elegant and the raw edge applique 'fits' the project.
    I do admire the hand stuff, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KathyAire
    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen
    Why would applying by machine be any less "real" than applying by hand? Applique means "to apply" in French. Just as machine piecing and machine quilting are just as real as hand pieceing and hand quilting, machine applique is just as real.
    It's not that it isn't 'real', it's just that, to me, the hand applique looks so much better. There is such a difference. That being said, when I do dogs, that's not something that is elegant and the raw edge applique 'fits' the project.
    I do admire the hand stuff, though.
    I've seen some pretty crappy hand applique. Just because it's hand done doesn't mean it always looks better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by craftybear
    I just found this cool video to watch blanket stitch by hand applique

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpyF4...eature=related
    My machine has a stitch that is called 'applique' and it looks just like that hand stitch in the video. I use that stitch for some things, such as flowers. If I'm doing the dogs, I use a tight zig zag stitch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen

    I've seen some pretty crappy hand applique. Just because it's hand done doesn't mean it always looks better.
    I certainly agree with you there. I've seen some of that, too. But when I see some that is 'good', the turned under stuff, I really like the looks of it -- that is, when it is good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by craftybear
    I just found this cool video to watch blanket stitch by hand applique

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpyF4...eature=related
    Holy cow, that looks easy! :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by KathyAire
    Quote Originally Posted by craftybear

    Love to see some of your projects with your raw edge machine applique
    Most of my applique is dogs. I have done some flowers, as in 'Happy Daisies'. I will have to look and see what I might have left. I give most of my stuff away.

    Here are the dogs.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-50844-1.htm
    Those doggies are just too cute!!! :thumbup:

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    We just finished re-doing the bathroom. I found the perfect plain shower curtain and am planning on appliqueing the flowers from Eleanor Burns' Magic Vine book.

    I had made a table runner with the magic vine and added whimsical birds on it and love it so much that I'm going to do it on the shower curtain. I hung the table runner up on the shower rod and think it will be the finishing touch that I'm looking for. And if it isn't, then I'll cut off the "button hole" hooks and have a new tablecloth!

    I only know how to hand applique. Also, applique on wool is the most enjoyable hand sewing that I've ever done.

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    I have done both frezer paper applique, and fused with raw edge applique. I love doing applique, count me in!

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    I just finished my first applique project. Dumb me-I chose circles. Used freezer paper and lots of starch. It didn't turn out too bad. I like this, CraftyBear-I can't wait to see all the suggestions from everyone.

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    I started appliqueing more than thirty years ago. As my vision changed and some arthritis crept into my fingers, I do just machine applique now using the satin stitch. I love it and do quite a lot of it.

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