Hey y'all! It's been a while for me on this site and now I'm new to this group. Miss you, such a great community. I just started my first applique project, a wall hanging. Originally I was going to "train"/ learn how to do needle turn. However! My curves kept ending up boxy and it took 100 years to do one tree. I redid what had been done with my machine and am nearly done after one night. Other than time, are there pros and cons to machine applique? Is it considered fancier if you do needle turn? What do y'all do?
Thanks ahead of time. Hope you are all well,
Hi Beatrice! I think it is all a matter of preference. Do what you like! I love needleturn because it is relaxing to me, but if it makes you crazy that takes all the fun out of it. Post pictures!
Hi Beatrice. Whatever floats your boat, is ok with me. There are appliqué snobs that think that hand appliqué is the pinnacle. I don' t do quilt police.
So let's talk about the various methods of appliqué. And by the way, You can have bad hand appliqué.
The goal is to have an appliquéd piece that is going to last, that the appliquéd pieces will stay attached through the life of the quilt.
hand appliquéd if well done has nearly invisible stitches, desirable if you only want the appliqué to show. Then there is hand appliqué done with a buttonhole stitch, where the stitch becomes part of the design.
there are several methods of machine appliqué. The method you choose depends on the effect you are trying to achieve. The easiest is raw edge appliqué . You cut the shape out and use a straight stitch around the edges to hold it. You will see this on a lot of art quilts, which don't need to be laundered. If a quilt is going to go through the washing machine in a normal quilt life. These don't hold up so well. Then you can do a buttonhole stitch, or a satin stitch on the raw edge. A satin stitch done well looks wonderful with appliqué and lasts a long time.
Machine appliqué with a turned under edge. There are several ways to do this. Freezer paper method, glue method.... I've tried the freezer paper method several times, I hate it, the process,
but it's fairly quick I use transparent thread and a buttonhole stitch. Looks great.
That's the quick scoop.
You need to find the method that you are comfortable and that works for you.
gini in north idaho
Ther are other methods I haven't listed, these are the most common.
I looked at all the hand methods of appliqué, tried a lot of them,but I always come back to needle turn. It is the method with the least amount of steps.
when I figured that out, I cut out hundreds of hearts and appliquéd them to 4 inch squares, by the time I had enough for a quilt, I was pretty proficient at needleturn, and I love how relaxing it is to sit and appliqué in the evenings. I have friends whose hair curls and eyes cross at the mere mention of needleturn.
We've found a fun site that has a live chat. It's called snickerdoodle dreams. It takes a day to get approved, but it is a lot of fun
i will be running the next appliqué class simultaneously over there. When QCA is down, you will be able to get the info you need there, too.
Thank you ladies so much for all of this info! Looks like I have a buncha homework to do.
what was I thinking, has anyone received their Garden Party pattern book? Wow!!!
Will there be a thread for this project and where will I find it?
South of Boston, MA
hi,can one get the garden party book in australia sounds like fun regards rae
Liz, I haven't opened the thread yet. We will be starting this quilt in january
Hi raelene have you tried amazon, or checked to see if your local quilt shops carry buggy barn patterns?
Thank you Gini! Will I find it under Discussions tab in applique?
I'll start a new thread
. Got my appliqué quilt done, pinning and then will hand quilt. I inherited this from my sister decease MIL. OnrE panel was done.. The pattern was from Quilters Magizine but I do not know the date, it says the name can be either Love apples or Pomergranate.
Congrats on getting it together Elizabeth. Looking forward to seeing it quilted.