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    Norah,
    My pillow is a 14" rather firm pillow. God Bless you also. Suzanne

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    Hi Suz, thank you for the information. I don't think you are writing to much, your instructions are clear and i understand what i'm suppose to do. Now I won't be so nervous working on my projects. I am very happy that i have joined this message board, i enjoy reading it daily and learning great tips from everyone. Thank you again and God Bless. Denise.

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    Well I'm a little confused, I've never done any applique but my grandmother's stuff is all done with a blanket stitch in heavy floss that matches but it is to be seen not hidden. Is this just her way of doing it? She made these pansy quilts in the 60's. She's gone so I can't ask her but my mother does it that way because that's how she was taught.

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    Kathy, most likely that is a decorative blanket stitch. I've added a link to an example.

    http://www.equilters.com/library/gallery/SSue/images/sue-brewneb-det2.jpg

    Usually the piece is appliqued on then the blanket stitch is used to accent the piece.

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    yep, that's it, is that not very common?

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    It was very common in the '30s and '40s originally, and is actually fairly common with many quilters once again. Usually on simple/large appliqued pieces. Sunbonnet Sue is a favorite pattern to use this technique on, as well as many folk-art type designs. I will look later and see if I can find some more examples...right now DGS is demanding my attention :roll: :mrgreen: .

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    I'm clueless..lol.. what is DGS?

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    Kathy,
    There are several ways of doing applique. The blanket stitch method your grandmother used is still used today. There is no seam allowance added to the template. You may want to spray starch your fabric before cutting out it give a bit of stability. The blanket stitches are done to match the color of the piece being appliqued or you can do all in a contrast thread (2-ply embroidery). Black is often the color choice to do this. -- Some folks will fuse to the background fabric. It gets a bit stiff which is not appealing to me.
    Some sewing machines have a blanket stitch that is often used to achieve the same result. Obviously, it is much faster. If you choose this method and come to curves, you will need to stop every stitch or two, reposition and continue stitching. Also, practice doing a few points before attempting it on your good project. They are tricky.
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    Ok, I tried to post this once...pardon the duplicate if it shows up later :oops: .

    Hi Kathy, sorry this has taken so long. I got distracted by dirty dishes and laundry :-) . I realized as I was posting a picture of one of my quilts that I had done blanket stitching on it. I used pink floss on 1/2 the blocks and blue on the other half. Here's a pic of one of the blocks...
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    I saw where someone said they had no problem with points. Well I for one do and sharp corners. Please advise. I like applique but would certainly like to improve as I have several projects developing which will include some. :-)

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    I really relate to your question about getting sharp points. I have tried several different methods, the one I always get the best results with is freezer paper and a glued under seam allowance. The first time I was not pleased with the glue I used but have now found the best one for my method, it made all the difference for me. I cut my shapes from the freezer paper to the exact shape of the applique, ( I cut several layers at a time) iron to the wrong side of the fabric and use the glue stick to secure the seam allowance to the back side. This gives me the perfect points and smooth curves I want. You will need to cut away your background fabric to remove the freezer paper but it is worth it. I also use 100 weight silk thread to do the applique stiitch with and have found that if I use a very sharp thin needle I do not even catch the paper in my stitches, only the very edge of the folded fabric. The products used make all the difference. Here is what I use, frezer paper from the quilt shop not the grocery store ( it is much stiffer) YLI 100 weight silk thread, John James Golden Glide Milliners needles size 10 or 11, Avery glue pen from an office supply store. ( I will not every use the fabric glue sticks again ). On your points you can trim down your seam allowance to about 1/8in. and fold over very carefully to get nicw sharp points and the glue will keep them that way while you stitch. Hope this helps (sorry to be so long)

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    Thank you, Ruth. I am inclined to be frugal when it comes to thread, glue and such, and did not realize what a difference it could make. I'll try your advice. Believe me, nothing could hurt them. :wink:

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    i use a great applique technique that i would like to share.

    cut the applique with a piece of fusible interfacing and quilt batting. trim the batting by the size of your seam allowance, ie:1/4inch. stitch the facing and fabric together with the fusable side of the toward the right side of the fabric. turn them right side out, stuff with the batting, and press onto your base fabric. then just stitch 'em down and you're done! no tedious turning and pressing. a really nice look in very little time.

    have fun!

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    Applique tip. For everyone working with an applique project with alot of pieces and all different sizes. Purchase "full sheet" label paper at the office supply. It comes 8 1/2 x 11. Place your pattern down on a copier and print your applique pieces onto the full sheet.

    Cut out your newly printed pieces from the label paper and stick them to your various fabrics. Cut at random..no seam amount. The precise cutting you can do to suit your appliquing later whether you need 1/4 or l/18 allowance.

    I have found this so much faster than keepng up with all of the freezer paper npieces as I go to and from the iron...just stick the label pieces where you need them. No ironing.

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    where can i buy freezer paper

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    Reynold's freezer paper is in the grocery store along with the foil and waxed paper section.

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    Thanks a lot

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    I use a variation of your method to make circles; I use the sticky dots (office supply store) instead of the template because they stay in place there is no need to mark the fabric I make the running stitch, draw it up tightly around the dot and press the seam allowance against the sticky side; To get the dot out, I make a slash in the back and pull it out with a hemostat. The smaller dots, if they are white, sometimes I just leave them in place the glue side is against the seam allowance and in a couple of months the glue is completely dry. And just a note of caution for those of you that want to try this method, never use the iron on any sticky stuff tape, dots, labels-- because the glue will never came out of the fabric.
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    What kind of glue is that and what does it look like? Do you still have to wet the fabric to get the freezer paper out? I would like to try it with YLI Wash-a-Way Paper and Stable Magic; I agree with you about the glue sticks; too massy for my taste and I get the glue all over my fingers. Thanks :?
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    The Avery glue pen I use is in a white plastic pen casing, the glue inside is blue when wet but dries clear. The glue is in stick form and you turn the barrell of the pen to advance it. The glue itself is only about 1/4 in. wide. Perfect for seam allowances. It is just sticky enough to hold the fabric to the back of the freezer paper while you stitch, but releases easily when you want it to. I have never had to wet the fabric to remove the paper. I tried the stable magic you mentioned but still prefer the freezer paper from the quilt shop, not the the one on a role from the supermarket, it really does make a difference!

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    I've used the wash-away paper and was pretty unhappy with the results.
    You can wash it out, but it's a gooy,gluey mess and you have to soak it quite awhile before it's gone, wrong side down in the tub or basin so the glue will sink to the bottom. Then, check the seams for excess glue residue. What it really is, is a very thin sheet of glue. If any of you try it and have better results, please let me know how. I used it for a paper-piecing quilt top (which I'm quilting right now :) Oh Happy Day!)

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    Hello. I bought some at the grocery store. Its by Renolds. The high end grocery stores usually have it though too.

    Margaret

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    does the stickum from the labels do anything to the fabric?
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    Hi Ruth
    THANK YOU! Yes a big thank you for sharing the Avery glue. :shock: I will never use a glue stick again! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
    Lucia

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    Has anyone ever tried using usd dryer fabric softner sheets? After they have been run through the dryer they are great for applique. I used them on a sunbonnet sue quilt and a butterfly quilt. I find that I don't ahve as much patience as I sued to and do not do much needle turned applique anymore. Sew the dryer sheet to the ight side of your piece,trim the seam, and cut a slit in the back of the sheet and turn right side out! Press and you can either slipstich your piece to the background or use the invisible hem stitch on the machne. Hope this helps someone. :)

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