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    Here are a couple of sites that'll show you what I'm talking about.

    http://appliquetoday.blogspot.com/20...-tutorial.html

    http://appliquetoday.blogspot.com/20...-tutorial.html

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    Well, I am so glad I read this. Applique is SO confusing to me, as everyone does it differently....my friend kept telling meto put the freezer paper on top, books said bottom. I just have to get brave and try it all to see what worksforme!
    Sewcrafty, you didnt offend anyone....hey, another way of doing something...I will sure try it!

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    I recently read that freezer paper shrinks so you should spray with water & iron to shrink it & then apply to fabric. Haven't tested out this theory yet tho

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    I am not the worlds greatest appliquer, but I use freezer paper always. I trace pattern onto paper, put on fabric, then iron edges down to paper, when I am about to close the gap sewing, I reach in and pull the freezer paper out with tweezers. then smooth down the hole and finish, I have never slit back ooo that would bother me. But as I said what do I know, I am a bad quilter all around, and those points in applique send me for a tail spin. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by foxxigrani
    I am not the worlds greatest appliquer, but I use freezer paper always. I trace pattern onto paper, put on fabric, then iron edges down to paper, when I am about to close the gap sewing, I reach in and pull the freezer paper out with tweezers. then smooth down the hole and finish, I have never slit back ooo that would bother me. But as I said what do I know, I am a bad quilter all around, and those points in applique send me for a tail spin. lol
    I do it exactly the same way, works for me.

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    I have always used regular freezer paper, reynolds makes one and mine is bespak, they make products for canning and freezing. I have used plain old freezer paper since I started applique in the 80s. It is a lot cheaper. If I need it to go in the printer, I cut it to 8 1/2 x 11, works great.[/quote]

    I'd like additional info on putting the regular freezer paper through the printer. Is it ironed on to anything before you feed it through?

    For me personally, I don't have one favorite method that I always use. I switch it up depending upon the type of applique and the size of the pieces. Sometimes I use Freezer paper on top, sometimes for larger pieces, i may put it on the back side.
    I find needle-turn very easy, but I have taught it and i know for some folks it is not easy. The best tools (proper applique needels and fine threads, good vision [ie: proper glasses or magnifiers] are quite essential IMO.
    I use the fusibles when I am working with machine applique generally, with a satin stitch or decorative stitch to finish the edges. I like to use something that is not too stiff if i am going to use a fusible, like steam a seam lite.
    Each project needs its own approach, IMO.

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    Sometimes I use freezer paper, sometimes fusible web. It is just according to what type of applique I am doing. If it is hand, I usually use freezer.

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    I've only done one appliqued quilt top so far (needle turn). Used freezer paper and had no problems. I'll enclose a photo so you can see that there are a lot of small pieces. I did this a long time ago, but I remember that I pressed all the edges of each item around the freezer paper template and then removed the paper BEFORE stitching the piece to the quilt, so I did not have to cut into the back of the quilt top to remove pieces of freezer paper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sewcrafty
    Quote Originally Posted by shaverg
    Quote Originally Posted by sewcrafty
    Why go through all of this trouble with freezer paper. All I do is take a mechancial pencil and trace the shape on the fabric. Then I cut out the shape with an 1/8" seam. Pin shape on fabric and bring your needle up anywhere but a point and turn the seam allowance under and the line will be your guide. Then just stitch down. Pencil mark will wash out. :-D

    Easy peasy!!!! :thumbup:
    Not so easy if you are doing hand applique. LOL
    Really its not that hard!!! Once you do it this way you'll wonder why you've done it the other ways. Please don't be afraid. Just the tip of the needle guides the material. Really, honestly, its not hard. Try it on some simple shapes on scrap fabric. The hardest is the points and once you do them and see how to do it you'll go OHHH! :thumbup:

    I know there are different ways of doing everything and not everything works for everyone. I guess for me its the easiest and most productive way. I feel people get intimidated by it and wish they wouldn't.

    That's all. Sorry if I've offended anyone!! :-D
    You haven't said anything offensive. I'll have to try your method next time I'm in the needle-turn applique mode.

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    I use FREEZER PAPER > draw the "reverse" pattern on paper side > cut out on the line > iron to wrong side of fabric > cut out fabric with approx. 1/4 inch seam allowance > pin to background > applique with same thread color as applique piece, BUT before finished that part, leave about 1/2 inch, pull the freezer paper out with tweezers (a part of my notions) and finish the applique.

    I don't use any other way!!!! Good luck!

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    weezie, your quilt top is beautiful. did you design it yourself?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wishiwerequilting
    weezie, your quilt top is beautiful. did you design it yourself?
    Thanks, Lisa. It was in McCall's Quilting April 2002 issue. It's called "Embracing Sharon" done for Sharon ?? whose son had cancer.

    I now have a friend in another state who is dying of cancer; when I first heard the diagnosis, I thought, "I'll sandwich and quilt my little applique lap quilt top and send it to her for when she gets out of the hospital and goes home." Initially, the guesstimate was that she had a year to live, but it's been only weeks since they found the cancer and her time left is now down to a matter of days or hours, I think; her powerful pain meds. have "taken her away" already. So, sadly, I never completed the quilt. I had forgotten until now that the original quilt was designed and made for a cancer victim.

    So ... not a happy quilt.

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    oh, I am so sorry. That is terribly sad. But don't stop working on the quilt! Do it in her honor and pass it to someone in her family or keep it for yourself to remind you of the good times you had. it's too beautiful not to finish it!

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    I love using freezer paper for appliques and it works very well. First I trace my appliques on the paper,then I pressed it on my fabric. I have even went ahead and stitch over it and tore away the excess paper.It may sound impossible, but it works very well. Norma

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    Any experiences with MistyFuse? It is supposed to be very light and drapable, no stiffness.

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    I use Wonder Under fusible by the bolt on my huge appliques and satin stich each piece down with a very stiff stabilizer behind the piece which is removed after the stitching is done. Every quilt I make then goes through the washer and dryer. Works well for what I do. If it is something that needs handquilting, I use Misty Fuse which is soft and pliable.

    Each piece is satin stitched. The fusible keeps the edges flat and from fraying before being stitched down.
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    I haven't used the MistyFuse.

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    Went to Staples yesterday and "asked" about freezer paper that is made for the printer and they had no idea what I was talking about? Where did you purchase yours at?



    Quote Originally Posted by Quilter7x
    When I use freezer paper for applique, I cut the freezer paper the shape it is supposed to be, then iron it onto the back of my fabric (just takes a second or two, no more to press it on). Cut the fabric about 1/4" away from the freezer paper. Then I take some spray starch and spray it into a small container to get it into a liquid state (the measuring thing from cold medicine or a camera film container is a great size). Dip a Q-Tip into the liquid starch and saturate the seam allowance of the fabric, then press it over the edge of the freezer paper with the iron. When you're done, you can remove the freezer paper and attach your applique to its backing. The starch will wash out and there's nothing left to make it stiff.

    Clear as mud? :D

    P.S. They now make freezer paper sheets that go in your printer, so you can print your designs on them. Pretty cool!

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    Really wow I didn't know that. Where do you purchase this at? Thanks for the information. Norma

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    The trick with freezer paper is to make it three sheets thick; then it is easy to use starch and press the seam over the paper. Remove the paper and attach the applique to your background fabric. Freezer paper is great because you can trace the pattern onto one thickness, then layer the three sheets and then cut it out on the line. Then iron the freezer paper template to the wrongside of the fabric. You will be ironing the freezer paper to your ironing board, but no problem. You can use your freezer paper template multiple times and it will still stick to your fabric. The template is easily removed from your applique before gluing it to the background.

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    A lot of quilt stores have 8 1/2 x 11 inch freezer paper. It is not a Staples item.

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    Quote Originally Posted by weezie
    Quote Originally Posted by wishiwerequilting
    weezie, your quilt top is beautiful. did you design it yourself?
    Thanks, Lisa. It was in McCall's Quilting April 2002 issue. It's called "Embracing Sharon" done for Sharon ?? whose son had cancer.

    I now have a friend in another state who is dying of cancer; when I first heard the diagnosis, I thought, "I'll sandwich and quilt my little applique lap quilt top and send it to her for when she gets out of the hospital and goes home." Initially, the guesstimate was that she had a year to live, but it's been only weeks since they found the cancer and her time left is now down to a matter of days or hours, I think; her powerful pain meds. have "taken her away" already. So, sadly, I never completed the quilt. I had forgotten until now that the original quilt was designed and made for a cancer victim.

    So ... not a happy quilt.
    I found myself in the same situation a couple years ago. I finally finished the quilt last August '09... after putting it away for 9 months... and gave it to my sister. It was her SIL who died after only 3 months. We both cried. Tears are okay. Feelings are neither right nor wrong, they just are.
    My prayers for your loss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Calif Jane
    The trick with freezer paper is to make it three sheets thick; then it is easy to use starch and press the seam over the paper. Remove the paper and attach the applique to your background fabric. Freezer paper is great because you can trace the pattern onto one thickness, then layer the three sheets and then cut it out on the line. Then iron the freezer paper template to the wrongside of the fabric. You will be ironing the freezer paper to your ironing board, but no problem. You can use your freezer paper template multiple times and it will still stick to your fabric. The template is easily removed from your applique before gluing it to the background.
    Jane, can you tell me the steps in order when you do this? I'm confused a bit about how it works. All three sheets are fused one on top of the other, with the shiny side down? then what?

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    Does anyone know what company makes the MistyFuse? TIA

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    Check this out:

    http://www.allaboutapplique.net/cate...-top-applique/


    I use freezer paper on top of the fabric, in piece o' cake designs, but there are a lot of methods at this web site.

    rusty

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