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Thread: Needle Turn Applique Quilts

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    Super Member Lori S's Avatar
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    I just love the results of needle turn Applique, but it seems like there are less, and less people doing it.
    I hate to ask but is this part of the quilting art dying out?
    How many are still out there doing this amazing part of the quilting art?
    How long before you had confidence in your skills?

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    I need an explaination of what it is. Thanks in advance to whoever can help me out.

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    I love the result of needle turn applique, but I'm am so slow at it. There is a border I want to do on a special quilt and I don't want to do machine applique and I keep putting it off because of the time I know it will take me to finish it.

    I think in general, most people either don't have or don't want to spend the time it takes to do it the old fashioned way. Corners and indentations are much harder to do neatly and at least for me, everything can feel fumbly at first when I'm trying to keep the applique piece stead while I stitch. If it were a wall hanging, I'd machine applique too.

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    My hands just won't allow me to hold a needle for that long anymore, or I would love to do needle turned :D:D:D

    I don't think this method is dying out, there are just so many other options that are quicker. I still see a LOT of hand turned applique work here and other places too :D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by carolynbb
    I need an explaination of what it is. Thanks in advance to whoever can help me out.
    The applique pieces are sewn onto the quilt top or blocks by hand. Tiny stitches, turning under small amounts of the applique pieces as you go :D:D:D

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    I still do it, if the quilt I'm making is for someone outside the family. It makes the applique look nicer. I machine applique those that aren't so special.

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    It is relaxing to be able to sit back and do it while you watch TV. I've done alot of them for my civil war quilts and even though the teacher said we could use the machine I'd rather do it by hand. It's a great thing to stick in my purse and pull it out while waiting at the doctors or picking up kids. You are right; the look of it is so nice

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    I still do it, but I think it is dying out(like most hand work). I don't do it exclusively. I machine applique. And I both machine & hand quilt and hand & machine piece.

    Some enjoy the process and the result. Others like to get to the result faster. I'm not too interested in books or pattterns that emphasize the speed of a project. Dont' care for great big blocks just to finish quicker. But for many busy women today, that's the way to go.

    I hope that in the future these hand techniques don't die out.

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    I want to, I do all my piecing and quilting by hand, but I can't get a hang of the technique. I think I'm missing something, I cant seem to turn under a small enough section, so if I try it looks sloppy.

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    I have never done it, but i know at least 5 quilters who do it and do it beautifully.

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    My very first quilt was needle turn applique. That's the only way I know how to do it.

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    I LOVE needleturn applique along with all hand work.

    I also love to teach this technique. It is something that takes a little practice but not hard to accomplish.

    The basic applique stitch and getting nice curves and points is something I can teach in one class setting, but I warn you, once you master that, you will want to add to your skills by adding dimensional applique, smaller and smaller pieces, more detail, embroidery embellisment, and on and on it goes.

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    Actually, there is a group on this board who is doing a cyber-sew-along of an applique quilt (Affairs of the Heart) and many people in the group are doing needle turn. Me, I am machining it, lol, tried needle turn when I lived in Hawaii and it was too hard to enjoy for me. I personally don't think any aspect of quilting is a dying art, there are just too many options (a good thing) and people choose what works best for them.

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    It's an instant gratification kind of society it seems. Personally, I prefer hand applique over that fusible junk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ladyjanedoe
    It's an instant gratification kind of society it seems. Personally, I prefer hand applique over that fusible junk.
    Wow! You know there are many other ways to machine applique other than with "fusible junk"....can't believe you just said that :shock:

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    I do needle turn, I haven't done a whole quilt yet but I have several blocks in a sampler quilt I made but havent finished. yet

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    I love all kinds of hand work. Since having 2 boys in 3 years, I can't get to my machine as often as I would like. Since getting hooked on applique I've made that more of the focus of my quilt kit business.
    Rose

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    There may be fewer quilters doing it, but it's not dying. It just takes us longer to finish!

    Janet

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    I do the needle turn but I was also tought how to do it with back basting and that is my favorite way now.

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    I enjoy needle-turn applique and usually have a project going. It's the only kind of applique I've done. I have completed several Hawaiian applique wall hangings. My avatar is one, but have not yet attempted a full-size quilt. That will have to wait until retirement, I think.

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    I know of at least 30 ladies that do needle turn applique. I do needle turn. I baste a lot as pins always get in my way. I have learned a lot from those who have been doing it longer. I sometimes use the back basting technique and have yet to do reverse applique. Practice is the key and picking patterns that the curves and points lend to your success at the level that is comfortable.
    I canít say that I like it more than machine piecing, but it is wonderful to pack up and take it with you. There are many also that do hand quilting.........and thatís another subject.
    There are many hand techniques on the web and you tube that are valuable. Find the technique that suits you and preserver. Nancyellen a great resource. Found this long after doing applique and was happy to see her technique similar to mine as well as thread and tools. I tried to copy the link and had difficulty. Do a google search of Nancyellen hand applique You Tube.
    Good luck.

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    I love needle turn applique. I just don't have the time or patience to do it. Plus, my carpal tunnel acts up so much that it's uncomfortable to do. :(

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    I belong to a group of 6 needle turn appliquers. We all have done at least 0ne of the piece maker calenders, and
    our oldest member 90 has done 2 of them and working on her 3rd. Love doing needle turn applique

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    I do it. I like needle turn better than any other kind of applique.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ladyjanedoe
    It's an instant gratification kind of society it seems. Personally, I prefer hand applique over that fusible junk.
    :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: That "fusible junk" is the only thing i use for my applique and i am extremely happy with it

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