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Thread: Is applique like a second-level quilting skill?

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    Quilting is not like school, where you have to pass one grade to get to the next, you can do anything you want to do. It is your choice and a good idea to try things. Get instructions wherever you can and don't be afraid to learn new techniques. You will prefer one over another but you won't know if you don't try them all.
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    Never to soon to applique. It is so relaxing and a great take along project when you travel, go to dr etc. I'm still learning about applique. Different ways to do it. Right now I'm taking on freezer paper and the way she presses it on the edges are so sharp. Love it. Give it a try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carol J.
    Look at the back of the snowman, see the bobbin thread? Give it a tug and the top thread will come through as a little loop, pull it through with a needle, tie a square knot with the threads, and if you wish, put a drop of Fray Check on the knot and snip it off. It pays to anchor the ends, washing would release the stitches and cause a problem.
    Love the snowman.
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    Thanks! I will finish him off this morning after eye appt. I did make him into a small wallhanging by finishing building a block. Then, all I have left is to sew on his buttons!

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    Like so many others have said - it's a different skill set.

    The main things in common is that fabric, needle(s), and thread are involved.

    Sort of like algebra and geometry - some love one or are good at and not the other - but both subjects are considered "math"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naturalmama
    So it's just a different animal all together then. Got it.

    Now tell me - to applique, do you cut out the applique piece and then iron under the 1/4" or how is that done? Then just pin on and stitch? Just want to understand so I know if I have the patience! lol!
    The very first project I actually finished was an applique project. I don't think it's any more difficult than patchwork, but you do need the right "stuff." I use Heat n' Bond Lite for all of my applique projects, and from what I have read, most people here use it to. A lot of people, anyway. Get enough for your project and be sure to ask them to give you the instructions. It's self-explanatory with instructions.

    You can do what I do, which is machine applique. I fuse the pieces down, then use the blanket stitch, zigzag stitch, or satin stitch on my sewing machine to stitch them down. (Blanket stitch is my favorite.) If you want to do needle-turn applique, which is folding under a quarter inch and then stitching it down by hand, you'll need someone else to tell you more because I've never done it (nor do I want to). I avoid all handwork as much as possible because I have arthritis.

    I love doing applique and find that I do it at least as much as traditional patchwork quilting. Sometimes I force myself to do something without applique because doing it too much can start to feel tedious, to me, at least. Good luck!

    BTW, I started with Patrick Lose's "A Cat for All Seasons." It was easy to do, with only a small amount of actual quilting. I used black thread throughout to stitch down the appliques. And you can find those packets of fat quarters at JoAnn in rainbow colors. A couple of those should be plenty.
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    But please learn needle turn or to use the freezer paper.

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    There are so many ways to apply fabric - Elly Sienkiewicz has a book called "Applique 12 Easy Ways"

    I found the book a bit difficult to understand, but I've read that Elly S. is a master at applique work.


    I think "needle turn" is the best method for "take along" projects.

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    I love the freezer paper method. Cut it a little large, use glue stick on the edges, fold them over and iron. I also use glue stick on the back and iron it into place, then machine quilt it down. works great.

    I did a harley quilt this way, I did every letter and the edges have not frayed yet, so I must have made my edges large enough that they were stitched down well. ...whew...

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    I'm one of the people that havn't tried applique, but as usual, your enthusiasm has inspired me. So many techniques so little time.

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    I love applique and this was one of my first attempts when I first started quilting. You may not be able to tell by this pic but it's still not done...LOL.

    Lately, I've been thinking about doing something in applique that I can do at night while watching TV.
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    Hi There, I love your snowman.He is so cute.I have appliqued for years. I use felt matt. and cut out desighns for the fronts.They are usually pincousins and I have a whole trunk full of them.I just enjoy doing them.When my daughters dog died I made her a pin cousin with his picture on it and now when I go to her house I enjoy seeing it on her shelf.Handquilter

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    You can have an applique project on the side. I do needle turn applique while watching tv in the evening. Daytime, I go to my sewing room to do piecing. I will do some whimsical wall quilts sometimes and machine quilt these.
    Try a small project and have fun.
    marla


    Quote Originally Posted by Naturalmama
    I mean.... should I be concentrating on regular quilting skills before I pick up an applique pattern?

    I can't stop dreaming about future projects - but I'm still so novice to basic quilting. Please give me your experienced advice!

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    My mother showed me some of her own applique work when I was 8 or 9 years old - scared the daylights out of me! I didn't think I could ever do that beautiful, tiny stitched work. Now I occasionally will applique some small piece and I get knots in my stomach every time. I think the only way I will ever feel I am any good at it is to do more of it. A LOT more!!

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    I feel that so long as you know the basics and can stitch 1/4 seams then it is never too early or too late to try applique. You just might find that it is the technique that you love the most and are the best at.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naturalmama
    I mean.... should I be concentrating on regular quilting skills before I pick up an applique pattern?

    I can't stop dreaming about future projects - but I'm still so novice to basic quilting. Please give me your experienced advice!
    Hi Mama, My thinking on this is you might try some appliqué to add to your next project. I do both and it seems to soften the sharp angles of the pieced project. Start with something small, like a center block with pieced borders. I do needle turn, myself, but there are several methods, and you should try them all to see what you are more comfortable with. I turn under a 16th of an inch, and clip my valleys to turn them. If you can, take a class on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naturalmama
    I mean.... should I be concentrating on regular quilting skills before I pick up an applique pattern?

    I can't stop dreaming about future projects - but I'm still so novice to basic quilting. Please give me your experienced advice!
    If you like the idea of applique, try it, I love it, started with hand stitched blanket stitching, then needle-turn, then did a machine applique workshop. Love them all, but prefer the hand blanket stitch as I can speed around shapes while sitting in lounge room with my partner. Have also tried a method of stitching the shape to fine non-adhesive interfacing, turning out and stitching to backing fabric, finishes looking like needle-turn (I call it cheats needle-turn).
    p.s. gosh this site is addictive, i should be doing my dishes and cleaning out my sewing room ready for make-over. I learn so much here though its hard not to keep looking, and just like to say thanks for past and in anticipation of future helpful advice from you all. Jen

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    If there is a project you really would like to do, just get it started. Follow it step by step and you can do anything you set your mind to. No journey was ever finished until that first step was taken. If you don't think you got it right, maybe ask someone at your LQS You can do it

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    I had sewn since a pre-schooler so there wasn't anything I was afraid to try so the second quilt I made was MoonGlow by Jenny Beyer. Lots of mariner compass and applique. When I finished it I was told that it was not a beginner quilt. Don't worry about it-if you feel you want to do something go for it. I have been quilting since '03 and finished my first applique quilt in June of this year. It isn't perfect BUT it is beautiful so who cares??? I hand applique using no melt templates and Magic Sizing to shape the pieces. I just couldn't get the hang of needle turn and really wanted to learn applique. There are lots of ways to applique so
    just keep trying until you find what fits with you. Good luck, Sue

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naturalmama
    I mean.... should I be concentrating on regular quilting skills before I pick up an applique pattern?

    I can't stop dreaming about future projects - but I'm still so novice to basic quilting. Please give me your experienced advice!
    I am a self taught quilter and throw all the rules out the window when I start a new project. I don't try to figure out what experience level it is. If it's something I want to do I just try to figure out a way. The second quilt I made was all applique and I had never done it before and it came out great. It's been a few years and I fretted and worried about it not coming out. Well, it's been washed many, many times and is still holding up very well. So, I say if you want to do it, then just go for it. It will be a learning experience for you and will help you build your skills. If you put off learning it, then you never will. So I say go for it. And good luck!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilter64779
    But please learn needle turn or to use the freezer paper.
    Any particular reason why?

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    Your snowman is adorable. I love to fuse and applique. I always just trim the threads and put a dab of Fray Check on the ends. I haven't had one ravel yet. Thanks for sharing your snow man. Let us see th whole quilt when you're finished.

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    Quote Originally Posted by natalieg
    You can applique either way! I jsut tried my first real effort at applique this weekend! He is a bit rough around the edges, gotta adjust some stitches next time. The best advice I received was to use wonder under or steam a seam. I used wonder under and it was huge help! I still have to find out what to do with the strings???? Any helpers? I have heard that you pull them through to the back with a needle and tie them. I also have to place his buttons appropriately and sew them on. Then, I think I'm gonna make a zinger border out of the white or the tourqouise and then a piced border from what all I have left-looks like he might only be big enough for a wall hanging.

    I think he is awesome. And yes please pull your threads to the back and tie them. That way your snowman will not become unravelled if washed. K
    Be gentle with comments-he is my first try-LOL!

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    Your snowman is so cute!!

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    I always use felt matt. so I don't have to turn the edges.I usually make pin cousins or sofa pillows and have animal designs on them. I know I could do that neddle turning you ladys talk about.Ill try it next time. Handquilter

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    Can someone explain what needle turning is? and is it only for hand sewn applique? I haven't tried applique yet.

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