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The best way and quickest way to applique stars for baby quilt

Old 06-01-2012, 10:53 AM
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Well I have done stars before, freezer paper and needle turn, but never seem to be able to get really sharp points. However, these are going to be quite small and as they are in a baby quilt that will be washed frequently I need them to stay put. I thought of raw edge applique using fusible, but do not want to do a heavy satiin stich. I wonder about using the heavy duty no-sew bonding fusible, but will this really stand up to all that washing? Any suggestions please.
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Old 06-01-2012, 11:22 AM
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I thought raw edge applique was when you sewed just inside the edges with a straight stitch, not a satin stitch.. .

I think if you use the fusible, I would just run a stitch around the edges to help anchor them down.
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Old 06-01-2012, 11:33 AM
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Why don't you just make star blocks and then you won't have to worry.
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And here is a free PP pattern for a 5 pointed star.

http://www.silverliningsoriginals.com/qc/five.html
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There is a third option, aside from satin or straight stitch; blanket stitch, which is actually pretty traditional when it comes to applique.
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Another option is to sew two together and turn them back out (if they aren't too too small) then you can stitch them on how ever you want to (and you can still use the fusible inside and out - lightweight will do without adding too much bulk).
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You can just use a regular zig-zag too.
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Old 06-01-2012, 01:23 PM
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heavy weight no-sew fusables are not a good choice in a baby quilt- they make a hard-stiff surface- better suited for wallhangings- items that do not get washed.
there is no reason to use a 'heavy-satin stitch' you can stitch down your fused appliques (using heat N bond light, or steam a seam lite, wonder under---what ever) with a blanket stitch, a regular small zig-zag- even a straight stitch. many of us who applique all the time never use a satin stitch.
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dsc01121.jpgI agree to just make a simple star pattern. have a look at what I do for baby quilts.

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Originally Posted by feline fanatic View Post
And here is a free PP pattern for a 5 pointed star.

http://www.silverliningsoriginals.com/qc/five.html
The design has to be appllique I'm afraid, but this star block is something to keep for my next project. I will do a practise star with the straight stitch. I might just be able to get my sharp points then. Thank you everyone.
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