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Thread: Simple Applique Pattern for Newbie

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    Simple Applique Pattern for Newbie

    I'd like to start a simple applique project to take on trips, doctor's appointment and such. What is a good pattern for a first timer to try?
    Kim

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    Check out CraftyBear's Applique Club thread. I also found that making patterns from children's coloring books was a good way to create a simple pattern - the lines are dark and easy to trace and they are simple for beginners.

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    I really like this method also. Many ideas in coloring books.
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    I also use coloring books and other books and pictures from old quilting books. You just have to be careful to get artist permission if it is copyrighted. You can get in a lot of trouble otherwise.

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    There are heaps of gorgeous patterns here free, http://www.fatcatpatterns.com/
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    Woody, thanks for the link!

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    Quote Originally Posted by woody View Post
    There are heaps of gorgeous patterns here free, http://www.fatcatpatterns.com/
    Wow! Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by woody View Post
    There are heaps of gorgeous patterns here free, http://www.fatcatpatterns.com/
    Woody, I went to this site to view the great patterns and then detoured to The Family Dirt page. What a hoot! This lady should write a book she tells such great, funny stories. If you need a laugh read a few of them.
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    I think the 2-fabric applique quilts designed by Nancy Chong of Pacific Rim Quilt Company are excellent for learning applique. I wrote about them and showed some of mine here - http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...q-t144873.html

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    Check out "Sew Special Designs" by Joni Pike.
    [url]www.Sewspecialdesigns.com
    I have done 3 or 4 of them and they are quick and easy. It takes longer to embellish them the way you (I) want them than it does to stitch/ applique' them!
    This is a top I recently made and since this pic I have quilted it and added buttons for eyes, noses, embellised the collars and the flowers and etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JNCT14 View Post
    Check out CraftyBear's Applique Club thread. I also found that making patterns from children's coloring books was a good way to create a simple pattern - the lines are dark and easy to trace and they are simple for beginners.
    Good suggestions. Also if you google free applique patterns will give you some ideas, too.
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    By the way, the wierd looking "blobs" in some of the blocks are the puppy feet and you make yoyos to stitch on for the toes. They are no aemobia! LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by KimS View Post
    I'd like to start a simple applique project to take on trips, doctor's appointment and such. What is a good pattern for a first timer to try?
    What "type" are you looking for: kids designs (boy or girl), floral, geometric, folk art etc. Let me know and I can suggest and/or send you some

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    I think the 2-fabric applique quilts designed by Nancy Chong of Pacific Rim Quilt Company are excellent for learning applique. I wrote about them and showed some of mine here - http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...q-t144873.html
    Those are beautiful!! Will definitely have to try one. Thanks so much for the link.
    Kim

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drue View Post
    Check out "Sew Special Designs" by Joni Pike.
    [url]www.Sewspecialdesigns.com
    I have done 3 or 4 of them and they are quick and easy. It takes longer to embellish them the way you (I) want them than it does to stitch/ applique' them!
    This is a top I recently made and since this pic I have quilted it and added buttons for eyes, noses, embellised the collars and the flowers and etc.
    That is adorable! Thank you for the link.
    Kim

    Anybody who doesn't know what soap tastes like never washed a dog. ~Franklin P. Jones

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johanna Fritz View Post
    What "type" are you looking for: kids designs (boy or girl), floral, geometric, folk art etc. Let me know and I can suggest and/or send you some
    I like the 30's fabrics so florals would be good. Thanks!
    Kim

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    I love to do applique. I think the heart is one of the easiest patterns. The way I like to applique is by using fusible or non-fusible webbling. It is very easy. 1. Trace your pattern on the webbing. 2. Roughly cut it out - leaving at least 1/2 inch around pattern. 3. Pin to right side of fabric and sew on the traced line. 4. Cut the pattern out with a small seam (about 1/4 inch, but doesn't have to be exact. 5. Cut a slit or two in the the fusible webbing. 6. turn it inside out - fabic to the front and webbing in the back. 7. Stitch applique piece to the background piece using either a blanket stitch or a hemming stitch or any decorative stitch you like

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drue View Post
    By the way, the wierd looking "blobs" in some of the blocks are the puppy feet and you make yoyos to stitch on for the toes. They are no aemobia! LOL
    LOL!! I figured you knew what you were doing.
    Kim

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