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Thread: Hand Applique project in progess need help!

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    I couldn't find a basket pattern I really liked so I made this one up. Everything was going fine I stitched around the outside edge and it was looking great, but then I needed to stitch the basket weave down. I was amazed at how great it was looking as I stitched down over the handle...

    While I was working I was thinking, ot oh! It's going to look better if I stitch around the roses too. It will really help them pop! But then as I started doing that... The fabric started to crinkle. Not puker, more like poof...

    My trouble is two fold. If I pull out the stitching you see around the blue roses on the right (I haven't done the left side yet.) That's half a morning's work gone... :cry: But If I leave it I have no idea how to keep it from puckering when I sew it....

    Can anyone help me? Even if it's just to say it looks okay and I should keep going... I'd appericate it. This is a gift so the reciever will always have flowers.

    This is the detail work, as you can see I have stitched around all the hexagons on the right side.
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    This is the basket of roses that I'm working on.
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    Elizabeth,
    Don't panic--with applique, you expect that to happen. Your piece is very large and that's probably why it's so noticeable.

    Are you using any kind of stabilizer behind your fabric?? On large pieces, I usually will iron on a product like Wonder-Under or Heat N Bond LITE. Some people swear by unused coffee filters too...

    Normally, I cut my blocks about 2 inches larger than the finished size so that I can square them up once I have finished them. After assembling them and quilting them, I have not had any more problems.

    HTH,

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    I've used unused coffee filters with success for applique. They're cheap, and when the stores are closed or at a distance, and you can't wait, they work just fine.

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    I use news print.......you can use newspaper as long as it's at least 2 weeks old so that the print doesn't come off onto your fabric. Use behind your background. It's really easy to tear off.

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    That's a good idea. I bet newsprint tears away easier than the coffee filters, as it's thinner.

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    I can't tell from the pictures - are you going through a batting and batting as well as fastening the applique?

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    Try adding some trapunto. Just a thought.

    It looks great though.

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    No suggestions Bev, but everyone else has great ideas!!! Thanks from me.

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    Sorry I can't help on the hand applique part kiddo, BUT I think its beautiful :D

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    No it's just going onto the white muslin. No batting or backing yet.

    I didn't use stabilizer, but I did pin the heck out of it everytime I worked on it (my fingers tell that story!). Since the entire thing is stitched down all around I think I'm just going to continue it the way it is. When I quilt it I'll just tack it a bit inside the roses and by the basket that way it will look like it's supposed to be puffy.

    Thanks ladies, there's a first time for everything and that's what this was for me.

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    Don't feel bad about learning on your own. I am teaching myself hand applique also, and making large blocks. I am using a big wooden embroidery hoop, but it still takes finesse, and that takes time.

    If I don't like how it is coming out, I can either take the stitching back out and do it again, or tell myself, well, this is a learning experience!

    Here are the first 2 cowgirl boots that will go in a quilt with sashing when I have about a dozen.
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    The puffyness actually makes it look 3D unless it is messing with the background I would leave it.

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    quiltmaker I like those boots they look great!

    Up North, I think you're right about the 3d my concern was that when I quilt it into the quilt that the puff would cause wrinkles and puckers, so I'm going to have to be really careful when I quilt it. The background is currently just the plain white. I'm hoping to bring everything in to tie into the basket, which will be the quilt's center. So being the focal point it's okay if it's in charge, right? ;)

    I finished the stitches on it last night, but I still want to add a butterfly to the top of the basket and perhaps a couple of flowers around on the white.

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    Elizabeth, see how it behaves after a good steam and press. Sometimes those puckers will lay down after a good pressing.

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    Oh gee I thought applique always puckered. Boy I have alot to learn all i can stay is that it's turning out nice.

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