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Lorilynn7663 Posted: Sat, Feb 15 2014 8:47 PM

When I am planning on doing a quilt with appliqué, I cut out my shapes with a 1/4 in seam allowance. Then I cut plain muslin in the same shape and seam allowance. I put the shape facing in against the muslin, I see around the entire edge. Then I cut a 1/2 in or so slit in the back of the muslin and flip the appliqué I right side out. Iron and you're ready to sew the appliqués without worrying about the seams and they are much sturdier than just cutting out and ironing a seam allowance. Makes it much easier and also more fun. This top has made me much more adventurous with adding appliqués. I just hand sew them on using the seam of the muslin and the appliqué 

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Roxana replied on Sat, Feb 15 2014 10:31 PM

Lorilynn,

Thanks for sharing the tip. I love it! And welcome to QCA!

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Thanks for sharing this great tip Lorilynn.  I will try that soon. I would love to see  a picture of your top.

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Susan replied on Sun, Feb 16 2014 8:46 AM

Lorilynn, Thanks for the tip ! I would like to see a pic, too.    Susan

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I posted one of my favorite appliqué tops, the hearts are all done using the muslin tip I shared. 

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ls2116 replied on Sun, Feb 16 2014 11:45 PM

heart appliques look great. and i love the quilting.

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Daisy replied on Mon, Feb 17 2014 12:28 AM

Lorilynn,

I haven't  tried appliqueing (SP) yet but that sounds like a great idea.  No tiny edges to turn under and try to stitch down.  I have just started learning how to do Hexie's and I started with 2" so I could get a handle on that large size before I tried smaller.  I am making a Grandmother's Flower Garden in a queen size so have a long way to go yet.  Thanks, Daisy

 

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Lorilynn,

WOW, that is a great looking quilt.  I love your quilt with the applique.  Thanks for sharing.

Marianne

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Ginny replied on Mon, Feb 17 2014 7:21 AM

Lorilynn, your quilt is so pretty and the appliqued heart on it are great with the way you appliqued them on.   Ginny

 

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Thanks so much, this was the first quilt that I did with the tip I shared, I used a cookie cutter for the heart shape and having the muslin behind the shape also gives it a little more depth I think

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Joyce replied on Mon, Feb 17 2014 6:44 PM

Hi Lorilynn your heart quilt is so pretty.  I'm working on a heart quilt for my DGD and appliqued the hearts by the turn edges method.  I would like to try this method on something.  Nice job.

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Thanks so much, it really makes a HUGE difference to not have to iron all the edges under. So it's actually quicker too once you try it. 

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Flo replied on Tue, Feb 18 2014 10:29 AM

I use fusible lightweight interfacing in the same manner.  Works like a charm.  Just remember the bumpy side is the right side, so sew right sides together, then snip in the middle and turn.  The great thing is you can fuse it to your project as a basting method.

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zoetc49 replied on Tue, Feb 18 2014 11:44 AM

That is a great idea, I had not thought about using the fusible interfacing. I will try to remember, bumpy =glue ( right side)

 

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I use fusible lightweight interfacing in the same manner.  Works like a charm.  Just remember the bumpy side is the right side, so sew right sides together, then snip in the middle and turn.  The great thing is you can fuse it to your project as a basting method.

 

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