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Thread: Reverse Applique Horse

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    Senior Member omaluvs2quilt's Avatar
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    Reverse Applique Horse

    Well, I decided to take a little break from the big project and play with a little reverse applique for the first time...I actually think I like it! I made this for my granddaughter's riding instructor for her birthday.

    The only problem I had was the top stitching...does anyone else have trouble stitching on batik? I had more thread breaks, even after changing needles, cleaning bobbin area, etc...just kept shredding that doggone thread (cotton top & bottom).

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    That is very pretty! I think I read somewhere that poly thread is better with batiks than cotton. May have been here on the board. Try poly and see if you have better luck.
    Have a great day sewing and remember to "not sweat the small stuff"!!



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    Really pretty, great work!!!!!!

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    Oh is that gorgeous.
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    That is just so cool.

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    wow ... nice gift....

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    Were your bobbin and top threads the same weight? I used same weight thread for bobbin and top thread to piece. When I started quilting with a heavier weight thread using the same needle, top thread started breaking a lot. When it finally dawned on me to change to a larger needle, everything was fine.

    I like your horse. Reverse applique is fun to do.

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    One blogger that uses mostly batiks suggested to me to use size 70 machine needle and that made a world of difference for me!

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    You did such a great job.
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    Very effective. Well done.

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    My only attempt at reverse applique was a table runner with loads of little bits . I did it by hand you did yours on the machine. Is there somewhere I can see this technique?
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    that is most gorgeous, what's the pattern? have never done reverse appl.

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    very very nice

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    dakotamaid: I'll have to try poly next time...thanks!

    gramajo: Yes, both threads were the same weight(50) and stitched fine on a normal straight stitch, not so much on the fmq...that's when I changed the needle to a 90/14 and that didn't help either.

    Julie in WA: I'll try that next time too, thanks!

    DOTTYMO & nunnyJo
    : It wasn't exactly a pattern, I've seen so many great projects on this board and decided it was time to try it on a small project. I found a picture on the internet, traced it onto double sided fusible and attached it to the wrong side of the dark fabric. Then I carefully cut the horse out along with all the little pieces, and once it was cut out, fused that to the light fabric and fused all the little pieces to the light fabric. I then layered the backing, fused horse & batting, stitched around leaving a small space to turn inside out, turned and handstitched the opening, and top-stitched the edge and the edges of the fused pieces.

    Applique has not been my favorite, but I bough a horse pattern from Bigfork Bay Company and have been so intimidated to try it that I thought I'd try this first. I can't believe I enjoyed it!

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    beautifully done
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    Very nice! My LAQ told me batiks are hard due to the wax that is sometimes left in the fabric.

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    Great mini.....love it.

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    Oh so pretty!!! My GD would love one like yours
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    A lovely gift! Well done!
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