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Thread: Did I waste my time - Applique with Fusible Interfacing.

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    Tell me! Did I waste my time? I did a whole quilt with SunBonnet Sue's using Fusible interfacing.. I used the light-weight kind, cut the shape of the item out on the interfacing (using a template I made). Then ironed the interfacing to the fabric, and cut the shape about 1/4" larger than the interfacing, then turned the fabric allowance over the ironed-on interfacing, then did machine applique stitch when putting the shape on the block ... I used my machine to applique, and will also have it machine quilted. It looks ok now, but I'm now wondering if it will wash ok? Did I create a mess and waste my time?
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    I am working on my first with fusiable web, so can't answer from experience. Looks great, and I don't see why it won't hold up to washing. Would love to see pictures of the quilt:)

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    I don't think you have created a mess at all. The way you described is different than the way I know, but if it worked for you, it should be fine. If you are interested I'll try to describe this for you. Cut your applique and your interfacing (with 1/4" seam allowance) the same size. Lay them right sides together, the fusible side being the right side, sew around them, leaving a gap that's big enough to turn them right sides out, clip any curves, etc.. to make them lie flat. Close up the gap you turned everything through (I do it by hand, but it probably would be ok to do by machine, since the buttonhole stitch will cover everything). With the fusible now on the back, iron the whole thing in place on the background. Do your blanket stitch. Does that make any sense at all?

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    Wow, love your quilt! Waving from Indiana, USA

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    It will be just fine. Ihave done a lot of applique. The quilt in my avatar is the latest one. It is at the LAQ now.

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    I don't see any reason what you've done won't be just fine. Many people do the sew it together/turn it right side out method, but your method should work. Your stitching is beautiful.

    Don't forget to show the whole quilt when you are done. I just love Sue!

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    before e.burns introduced a different method, that was always one of many correct methods. there are newer methods, such as the one described above, that are somewhat easier to do, but that doesn't make them better. from what shows, i think you're doing a wonderful job, and the colors are beautiful. to see some burns' videos, follow this link:


    http://quiltinaday.com/theater/block/block01.html

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    I think it will be fine. BTW, very nice stitching. Right where it should be!!

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    You did fine!

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    you did good

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    It looks great to me, I've never used anything but pins to do applique, I've not done it for several years. Your are doing a great job from what we can see.

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    I'm sure all you did was to stablize the fabric better. It looks really nice and neat. You did a great job with the stitching too. Like someone said, if it works for you, why not do it that way?

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    I am nowhere even near a perfectionist & really not even good, but there are a gazillion ways to do applique. Your way looks very nice & I see no reason why it will not work or hold up beautifully. You do lovely stitching. Great job!

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    looks fine to me

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    I dont know, havent done anything but it sure is pretty

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    Looks just beautiful to me

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    Quote Originally Posted by roselady
    I don't think you have created a mess at all. The way you described is different than the way I know, but if it worked for you, it should be fine. If you are interested I'll try to describe this for you. Cut your applique and your interfacing (with 1/4" seam allowance) the same size. Lay them right sides together, the fusible side being the right side, sew around them, leaving a gap that's big enough to turn them right sides out, clip any curves, etc.. to make them lie flat. Close up the gap you turned everything through (I do it by hand, but it probably would be ok to do by machine, since the buttonhole stitch will cover everything). With the fusible now on the back, iron the whole thing in place on the background. Do your blanket stitch. Does that make any sense at all?
    You can also stitch all the way around the shape and then make a slit in the middle of the interfacing to turn it right side out then place it on the background piece and press it into place then button hole stitch around the shape. then you don't have and opening to close.

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    Looks good to me...I have not used interfacing much, do it the old fashioned way...pinned and then hand stitched. I think it's good to explore different techniques, your work looks very nice and the stitching very neat. If you continue to applique, you will evolve new techniques and tricks of your own....just another learning journey. Remember it's 'sposed to be fun.

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    Looks really great. Should hold up fine.

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    that's how they are supposed to look as far as i'm concerned. you did great!!

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