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Thread: Piece o' Cake Applique

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    Just started "my whimsical garden quilt" by Piece o' Cake. Has anyone done one of their patterns? Their appliques technique seems to have many steps. The step I am having problems with is where you transfer the pattern onto clear vinyl. I am using a permanent marker but it seems to wipe off. Any suggestions?

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    I really like the Piece of Cake applique patterns. Sorry I can't help with your issue tho. I've not used vinyl.

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    The vinyl is only to guide you in the placement. To me is kind of an extra step I can do without.

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    How do you get accurate placement? Any special tricks? I also felt the vinyl was an over-the-top method. First attempt at applique.

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    Hmmmm I acquired one--think it is the same one. I have yet to complete the first block! Someone got all the blocks and started one but I did not like her technique so I started over. She gave it to my DIL and she gave it to me. Another lady has done one and it is stunning and she gave me all of her overlays so I did not have to do them. I get sidetracked and it is an UFO that we talked about today. LOL

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    Permanent markers work better on the clear overlays used on overhead projectors. They would probably work just as well as the vinyl. :D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by User886077
    How do you get accurate placement? Any special tricks? I also felt the vinyl was an over-the-top method. First attempt at applique.
    I avoid at any cost patterns that require accurate placement. I like to do my own thing and make my quilts very unpredictable.

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    When I'm doing an applique that has a distinct pattern that needs to be followed. I take the paper that I printed it out on and tape it to a window and place my material over it and trace it out with my blue Dritz water soluable marker. When I'm done I just spray the block with water and set it aside and marks all gone. :thumbup:

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    Overhead markers Hum! Never thought of that. I will try that and also the idea of the window. I have a "light box". Made it myself with a piece of plexiglas and a small lamp in a box. Forgot I even had it.

    Thanks for all the suggestions. I think it will be a work in progress for many, many years. I might have bitten off more than I can sew.

    Carol :thumbup:

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    I use a Sharpie fine tip permanent marker and have never had a problem, you do need to give it a second or two to dry.

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    My first applique project was a piece o cake block of the month series. I used a light box to transfer the pattern onto the fabric as I thought the vinyl placement method not particularly appealing. To my irritation a number of the patterns were not square. The designs were symetrical so therefore only a quarter of the pattern was printed, which is fine - I can rotate paper but after the pattern's horizontal and vertical guide lines wouldn't line up on the horizontal and vertical lines I basted on the background fabric, I placed my right angle along the horizontal and vertical guide lines on the paper pattern - the angle wasn't 90 degrees. This was typical throughout the series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by User886077
    Overhead markers Hum! Never thought of that. I will try that and also the idea of the window. I have a "light box". Made it myself with a piece of plexiglas and a small lamp in a box. Forgot I even had it.

    Thanks for all the suggestions. I think it will be a work in progress for many, many years. I might have bitten off more than I can sew.

    Carol :thumbup:
    I usually do my appliquing at night watching/listening :-D to the TV. Not anything pressing, just enjoyable.

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    I actually LOVE the vinyl overlays! Being just a bid OCD (or as a friend of mine calls it: CDO -- so the letters are in alphabetical order! DUH! LOL!), the vinyl overlay is not only accurate but you don't have to fiddle with your seam allowance until it's time to sew the pieces down. Nice for people like me with clubby/chubby fingers.

    I taught a class at my local shop using this method, too. One of the ladies, very "green" minded, suggest using parchment paper instead of vinyl. It's see-through and recyclable. So that might be an option, too!

    Blessings!

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    I did not want to do the vinyl overlay step either, so taped the pattern to my light box and discovered that the pattern is printed on BOTH sides. What a pain to figure out which lines go with which block.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluphrog
    I did not want to do the vinyl overlay step either, so taped the pattern to my light box and discovered that the pattern is printed on BOTH sides. What a pain to figure out which lines go with which block.
    If you're having trouble with paper patterns printed on both sides showing through a lightbox, photocopy each side, and ue the copied pattern.

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    I have also just started the "Whimsical Garden" blocks and I personally like the vinyl overlay method. I've used this method on two other needle-turn applique tops. It helps me position each piece in the proper place. I tried once to do without the overlay and just "eyeball" placement, but it never looked right and I abandoned that project.

    One tip to keep the markings from rubbing off the vinyl is to keep a piece of paper over the side you drew on when storing. I use the paper that comes on the roll with the vinyl, just cut to the same size as my pattern. The markings don't smudge or rub off with the paper next to them.

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