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Thread: What is the best stabilizer for applique??

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    I trace my applique shape and then cut out the center of it before I fuse it onto the back of the fabric. That way the fusible part is only around the edges and leaves the center of the motif soft. There's still some stiffness, but not nearly as much.

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    Oh, my...those are absolutely beautiful!!! I would be delighted to get them in any form.
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    You don't need any stabilizer or fusible. Try needle turn applique. It will take a bit of time to learn, but be ever so rewarding. And your applique will always be as soft as your fabric.
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    Great job. Nice to read the responses to the different fusibles.
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    very nice .. Good job !!
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    Do you cut out the center of the traced appliqe paper pieces? This will give you a nice soft look. Just leave enough of the traced template to be able to iron it to the back of your fabric that you will cut your pieces out from. This takes away all of the stiffness. I use regular lite Heat n Bond and have for many years. I do the raw edge applique. If you are doing hand applique, you wouldn't use any stabilizer, just freezer paper that can be removed.
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    You are new to quilting and you sewed pictorial quilts like that?!?! They're beautiful and look great in frames.
    One of my landscape quilting books (can't remember which one) the author said the best stabilizer was three applications of starch. I tried it and it works like a charm. Almost no fraying on the applique pieces, even though I machine stitched quite close to the edges.

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    i am making a pattern for a lap size quilt that also uses Heat N Bond lite and was thinking same thing: too stiff to quilt. I'm glad to hear that it will soften once washed though mine is meant to hang on the wall under a cathedral ceiling.
    That said, i'd still gift the light house. it would be a lovely addition to any home. i'd make room for it on one of my walls.

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    Your work is beautiful! And you are a beginner? Seriously?


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    Having been involved in the framing business, I have reframed fabric pictures, shadow boxes, and embroidery pieces that were close to a hundred years old and were not rotted......

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    Beautiful quilts!! I use heat and bond for applique, it is easy to peel off, unlike Pellon. I love the idea of needle turned applique if you do not want stiffness.
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    These are beautiful. The frames emphasis that they are truly a work of art. Well done and welcome to quilting.

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    I haven't tried misty fuze but have used lite steam a seam. Sut out the extra fabric from the back of your applique. That double layer of fabrid also contributes to the stiffness.
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    I don''t use anything under my needle-turn applique. Try to get one of Pat Campbell's Jacobean Applique books and study her system of "sweeping the edge under" with a needle. To me, when I make freezer paper templates and press to the pieces, I have made the flower, etc. twice. It does take practice, but it can be done.

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    I know Kay McKenzie (?) likes the SoftFuse. I bought some, but haven't tried it.

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    Your pictures are beautiful, I use steam a seam 2 and haven't had any problems.

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    They are beautiful! Where did you get the patterns for them? I'd love it!

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    Thank you all for your words of encouragement. I really am a newbie to quilting, I started playing around with quilting this summer. This photo is the very first one I started. I also did a mallard, but it doesn't want to upload. In any case neither one is finished. I seem to keep trying new things and don't finish the last one first. LOL!! WHOOPS! The 3-D flowers and Mallard are from ThimbleArt.com. The Morning Glory is a stained glass pattern I found on line and the Portland Lighthouse is from a photo.(I live in southern Maine).
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    I have had a lot of experience sewing, but not quilting.For many years I sewed the prototypes for a popular clothing designer, until I retired a few years back. I am bored being retired and need a new hobby and I have always loved quilts. ( I like cooking too, but i have blogged all the favorite recipes that my family likes already.)

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    Beautiful!

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    Those are just too, too cute, for words!!!!
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    I trace my designs on lightweight interfacing (used in garment sewing). I then put it on top of my fabric and stitch all the way around the design on the line I have drawn. Trim the edges to about 1/4" and be sure to snip around curved seams. Then, cut a small slit in the interfacing and turn the piece inside out. Press, and it's ready to be basted down. The interfacing is so soft, it's no problem to hand stitch. You don't have any raw edges to turn under (I hate that) and no paper to worry about peeling off. If I don't do it this way, I applique in the hoop on my Janome 10001. There are some really cute applique designs out there. This isn't the conventional way, but after much trial and error, it works for me!

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    I am no help with your dilemma but I just wanted to say these pieces look beautiful as they are. I would still give them as gifts as I cannot imagine the recipient not happy with either of them. One advantage to having them framed is they won't get dusty inside the frame. )
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    This sounds like a great idea. I certainly am going to try it. Thank you so much.

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    WOW! Your work is beautiful. Your experience in garment sewing has translated nicely for you in quilting. I love everything you have posted so far and the Portland Headlight is beautiful as a framed work of art. Maybe for the sofa throw you can do something pieced instead of applique. It seems you really like the applique patterns though. Keep trying with some of these other products, I am sure you will find something right for you.

    This thread has been very informative.

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