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Thread: Die cut shapes - butterflies, stars, teddy bears, etc.

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    Junior Member Shiloh's Avatar
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    I bought a bunch of these die cut shapes in various fabrics from the Keepsake Quilter catalog over a year ago. Is there any EASY way to affix them? All I can think of is spray adhesive and then stitch around all those small/tiny curves and shapes. Or, iron them onto adhesive-backed paper and peel and iron onto quilt and once again have to sew around the shape. I'm beginning to regret my purchase. Has anyone worked with any of these? And, how would you suggest getting them onto fabric? It seems like they would peel away if they are stitched down.
    Thank you, Gerry

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    Can't help you, but have seen what you are talking about and wondered how to use them, so will watch and see what the board comes up with :wink:

    What are you trying to use them on ? Just curious

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    I thought people used them for applique pieces?

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    i use them as applique pieces. perfectly cut.. and easy to hand or machine attach them :D

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    So you use them instead of cutting your own out ? Sorry if that is a stupid question :oops:

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    Get this book: http://www.atkinsondesigns.com/books...?productID=608

    I use the technique for every machine appliqué I do.

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    not a stupid question :D
    but yes, i like the accurateness of them since cutting is sooo not my strong point lol

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    I love Keepsakes die cuts. Grandbabygirl wanted stars in her bedroom so I sewed two star die cuts together with thin cotton batting between, left the edges raw, and strung them across her room. Even her PICKY mom, my DD, thought they were nice. :P

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    I had seen them but I wasn't sure I would ever use them. I would applique them just like what I cut out here.

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    I got a ton of their hearts and ironed on steam-a-seam interfacing. If you use the non-stick applique sheet they won't stick to anything other than the fabric. Doing it this way you end up having to cut the shape out anyway - but with hearts it wasn't that bad.

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    I thought they would be cute to place around the border of a baby quilt until I thought about how much work it would be to blanket stitch around all those small curves. They really aren't made for needle turn. The stars and trees are small to begin with and if they were turned they would lose their shape. Sewing two together and letting the edge get raggy sounds like a good use. Just have to figure out how to use those for something besides a garland. Sure not buying any more die cut shapes. better to make applique shapes and have control and enough fabric for a turned edge. Thank you for all of your suggestions and ideas. Gerry

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    I would use ffabric glue to fasten to fabric and buttonhole stitch by machine around the shape.

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    I bought the diamond shapes and cut them smaller to use in my 999 fabric Charm quilt. Lots of different fabrics for a small amount of money and not much waste. I'm very happy with my purchase.
    Kutnso

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    I use the Fat Quarter Fonts technique on teen tiny appliqué to big circles.

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    I did a baby quilt once using the die cut bears. I traced them onto Heat N Bond Lite and cut that out, then ironed the bears onto it. Then ironed them onto the quilt where I wanted. I handstitched the blanket stitch around them. It was sev. yrs ago and has been through many washings & still in good shape.

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    Okay it is late but this idea just popped in my head. Why not put them in your border and then sew about 1/4 from the edges and then leave the edges raw and let them rag? I saw a quilt charisma did using squares this way and it turned out so cute and looks snuggly with the raggy raw edges.

    Sheila

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    Quote Originally Posted by Panther Creek Quilting
    Okay it is late but this idea just popped in my head. Why not put them in your border and then sew about 1/4 from the edges and then leave the edges raw and let them rag? I saw a quilt charisma did using squares this way and it turned out so cute and looks snuggly with the raggy raw edges.

    Sheila
    That sounds like a good idea!! :D

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    I used the Keepsake Quilting die cut stars on a stars and bars table runner. I sprayed with 505 for placement then machine appliqued them down. I too like the accuracy of the cuts.

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    I like that idea.

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    When I did a Valentine's Day quilt I did raw edge applique. It turned out rather pretty and it was something a little different.
    Plus it is fairly simple to do!

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