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Need help - turned applique is showing seams thru the front

Old 11-19-2019, 06:34 PM
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Ok now I see what you're talking about, although quite honestly I think once you get the whole quilt together it really won't be that noticeable.

In the future, you can mitigate that problem a little bit by making your folds smaller, more like gathers. Here is a video that I hope will show you what I'm talking about. She's trying to sell her tools (which are very nice and I like them, but you can use a stiletto, a sharpened chopstick, or whatever works) but the concept of what she's doing is what I think might click for you.

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Old 11-19-2019, 06:36 PM
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Old 11-20-2019, 03:37 AM
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I agree, the turned fabric should be much narrower. If you don't like the wrinkles you already have, take your scissors and cut off the 'flap' of the wrinkles.
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Old 11-20-2019, 06:51 AM
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Thank you for the help. I watched Jenny's video with the fusible on the back and I hadn't seen that so think I will give it a try as that helps me 'stick' the applique down once done. My folded under edges were 1/4". I measured accurately when I cut it out so not sure I can do much thinner there or I have nothing left. I also was looking thru my fabrics to see about making a lining and I noticed all my solids, regardless of color or brand, need 3 layers of fabric before they become opaque. However, any of my prints I checked do not have this problem and a folded under section would not be noticeable. It must be something about solids.... So I think I will try 2 layers of 'lining' inside the circle. I'm also going to try a thin batting layer as that also provides the opaqueness and I wanted rest of my buttons a little puffy anyway. I will post another photo when I have something that looks good.
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Old 11-20-2019, 08:22 AM
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You might lifting the seam allowance again. Clip the seam allowance almost to the fold. Then re-press.
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Old 11-20-2019, 08:22 AM
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I don't have much more to share, except that I think what seems like a big deal will get much less important in the context of a big quilt. Also, that piece shows the seams as you're holding it up in the air, however, I wonder if they would show after it's placed on the quilt with quilt top, batting and backing behind it. But stuffing it with a little thin batting would be cute, so go for it! If doing so gets too hard, I'd definitely see if the seams will disappear with the other layers behind it.
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Old 11-21-2019, 03:57 AM
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With some lighter colored pieces of applique, I sometimes cut the same shape of the finished piece out of white or cream fabric. Then I tuck it inside the colored piece to hide the seam allowance. A piece of thin batting or flannel would also be possible, giving it a trapunto look.
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Old 11-21-2019, 04:07 AM
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There are several videos out there that explain prepared edge appliqué. The interfacing method suggested would probably be easiest for your project though.
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Old 11-21-2019, 06:59 AM
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What about just using the same yellow fabric as the lining, cut to follow the shape of the seam allowance, then press it in place. That way you will have 2 layers of yellow that should look like one piece when finished.
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Old 11-21-2019, 08:30 AM
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I have always clipped a notch in the turned under seam so it fit together in an almost smooth full seam. I didn't explain that very well but I hope you can understand.
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