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Thread: New to applique

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    Senior Member MAXIES2's Avatar
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    I have only been a member for a month but have found it so friendly and useful I wonder if I could ask for some advice.
    I would like to have a go at applique, nothing too fancy , can anybody recommend any good sites or books.
    I am still trying to find my way round this site, I did come across a lovely photo of a dog with leaves and a garden rake, sorry I forgot who had done this but is there a pattern available for this.
    Many thanks

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    I haven't done applique yet either. A freind of mine told me to try something simple such as a heart. She is better at drawing than i am and she made me a heart and a couple of other ones. But haven't tried using them yet. So if you can draw or copy something in the meantime maybe this could help you.

    jeanette

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    Well, here is one site to get you started....I would google for a how to page...I know there are alot of them out there!

    http://www.freequiltpatterns.info/QuiltCategories/FreeAppliquePatterns.htm
    Free Applique Quilt Patterns

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    I have only found to date (1) book on appliques, that I picked up at JoAnns. It's called Applique Delights, from piece of cake designs, The authors are Becky Goldsmith, and Linda Jenkins. Lots of patterns to play with. But I have yet to date found any others, nor have I found any web sites. So if I want a pattern piece, I sit down and start drawing, what I want, Then I'll enlarge or play around with it. In Applique Delights, there are 100 applique blocks you can do, and of course play around with. I love applique, but I to am limited do to availabilty of sources. Another good place to look is in coloring books, REALLY, there are some neat things to play with in there.

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    Thank you for all the replies. I dont think I will be very good at the turning under bit have any of you used steam a seam or similar.

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    Fusible bonds like steam-a-seam are fast and easy, but MUST be sewn down if the item s going to be put through washing machines on a regular basis. Unless I am satin stitching every bit of exposed edge, I also use Fray-check to prevent unravelling.

    There are other methods using everything from glu sticks to dryer sheets. Try a couple different ways and you'll find the ones that are easy for you.

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    This might help you.

    http://sewing.about.com/od/applique/ss/applique1.htm
    How to Applique with Fusible Web

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    I love to applique and have found the freezer paper method the easiest for me. It really helps turn the edges under with a crisp fold and is easier to sew down.
    Also Elenor Burns has an easy way to applique your pieces, I've tried it a couple of times, but it only works on larger pieces. I have a lot of Piece of Cakes patterns and they are fun to do, they tend to have alot of tiny pieces to applique and those aren't the best for a beginner.

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    Maxies2,
    What kind of applique are you thinking about. Machine or needle turn?tlcquitnut

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    A couple of years ago I decided I would learn to applique. I visited my quilt store and they recommended The New Applique Sampler: Learn to Applique the Piece O' Cake Way . I will recommend it to you too. It goes step-by-step, has good illustrations, and each lesson builds on the previous. It is also by Goldsmith and Jenkins.

    Try their method and then try the freezer paper method and raw edge applique. Eventually you'll find what you like best. I'm still looking but I'm improving with each new project (at least I think I am!).

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    Here is another site that I really like that has free applique
    http://www.freeapplique.com/


    You can also use a childs coloring book for patterns.

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    Hello Just joined this message board

    I love applique. Check out this site if you need any help email me after wednesday at [email protected] I think this site it great.

    http://www.quilterscache.com/StartQuiltingPages/startquiltingfour.html

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    You can use clip art as well...I've used it for some of my appliqué projects. :)

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    Try using label paper which is sticky on one side purchase at Staples .Draw pattern on the top then peel off the back stick to right side of fabric. Cut leaving a scant 1/4 around the pattern and then place on background and needle turn a little at a time I hope this helps Andie :D

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    I use the label paper instead of freezor paper as you don't need an iron and makes yours work more portable. I also use quilting needle or betweens no 10 I find they work better for me as I am a hand quilter

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    I also like the Piece O'Cake patterns and instructions. I took a workshop with them at Quilt Market one year - they had so many helpful ideas!

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    I hope I'm not to late to reply regarding this subject. I just recently began practicing applique. I have several applique books including the Piece of Cake stuff. I'm using methods from Ami Sims book called "Invisible Applique." From my first practice it really did produce good results. Her methods are a little different from others. Much success. Linda

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    I would like to embelish with my embroidery machine..just stumped where to start. I found a new(to me) heat bond stabilizer, it worked great with a blanket stitch.

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    Did you use the machine or hand applique technique? If you used the machine do you use invisible thread on the top guide?

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