http://crispyquilts.blogspot.com/2009/09/another-little-toot.html  search around on her page, she has other great tutorials on applique

GETTING STARTED WITH NEEDLE TURN   http://www.quiltersclubofamerica.com/groups/applique/forum/t/31394.aspx

 enlarging  patterns    http://thequiltedsnail.com/scale.html


i have been thinking about how to help with those dips that we are seeing in a lot of the leaves and flowers and how to help you approach appliqueing them. this is a tip that marlene thought was very helpful.   you only need to be thinking about the fabric right where you are stitching and the next couple of stitches you will be taking, that are currently  under your thumb nail.  don't worry about how the line is or is not tucked under an inch away from your stitching.  it's not important yet,  you'll get to it soon.

one of the first things i do is twist the fabric back and forth right where the dips are to loosen the weave a little.  if the dip is on the bias, sometimes this is enough to  get the dip to turn under without clipping.  if it doesn't want to turn under nicely i give one clip in the center.   clip to the line, but not in it or past it.   you will know soon enough if you have clipped too far or not enough.

as you are going down the right side of the dip, i want you to totally forget about the far side. don't worry if it goes too far under or not far enough under.  you can turn the entire hill under on that far side if you want.  we aren't interested in it yet.   the only thing you should be thinking about is how to turn the fabric right under your thumbnail.  

when you get halfway down that right side, put your needle under the fabric on that far side, tuck the fabric under  and sweep the needle clear over to the last stitch on the right side.  ( you may need to do this a couple of times and smooth the fabric  with your needle to get it to lie down)  now, remember,  i don't care how far the fabric turns under on the far side, i'm only interested in the next few stitches i'll take  that are under my thumb.  continue stitching  and adjust the fabric on the line.   as you sew down to the bottom of the dip,shorten your stitches as you approach and leave the clip.   and take one more stitch just barely starting up the other side.

now, we can worry about this far side.  if your fabric is tucked too far under, use the tip of your needle to tease the fabric back out until you are again stitching on the line.  continue up this side,  teasing the fabric out a few stitches at a time.  

if you are enlarging the patterns, the dips will be larger and you may need to do a couple of clips.

remember whereever you clip the innies, you have weakened the fabric and your stitches need to get smaller, ie. closer together as you approach the clip and as you leave the clip.


http://www.pieceocake.com/index.html    good needleturn video





for all of y ou new appliquers, i have a practice lesson for you.    sewing a heart onto a background.   you can use this for a label on the back of your quilt if you choose lighter fabrics.

cut out a 6 inch background, cut a heart out of template plastic or draw onto freezer paper. make it a fattish heart.  after you've drawn your heart on the freezer paper, put the shiny sides together and iron it making sure the back of the heart is covered by freezer paper.   after ironing, cut out your heart.  this will give you a stiff paper template that can be used several times.

trace around your heart with pencil, onto a contrasting fabric, then cut out the heart, a scant 1/4 inch out from the drawn line.   the line will be your turn under line.   smoothe the heart over the background and pin it in a few places, far enough from the edge that you can turn under the seam allowance,  a really fat 1/2 inch away from the edge. you don't have to be precise with the cutting, just close- ish.

when i use lighter fabrics for my applique, i back the piece with muslin or white so the seam allowance doesn't show.  you're jsut practicing for now so don't worry about the liner.

a heart gives you a point and a cleavage to practice on.   start your sewing about an inch above the point.  if you are right handed you will start on the left side of the heart as you look at it.  


the first two videoas of nancy ellen are excellent examples of needle turn.  the following videos are great , too. i do a few things different, but they are minor details.   when i am doing a complicated pattern, i mark the background.  this gives you perfectly placed pieces so they match up.  if placement isn't  as important, i eyeball where they go.   in the heart demo, she has you drawing the heart on the background.  i think that is an extra step you don't need for a heart,   but it does show you how to work that part of needleturn.   if i were making a circle of overlapping hearts, i would draw them out on the background so the placement of each heart would be right on.    or i  would stitch the overlapping parts of the hearts,  then stitch it as one piece to the background.   there are no hard and fast rules.  do what works for you.

i'll hunt up some good videos on stitching over paper templates if anyone is interested.

sharon schamber uses a technique that glues the edges, her work is exquisite.   needle turn is fewer steps. i always come back to needle turn, because once you get the technique down.  there are fewer steps, you can get right to the sewing.



http://apassionforapplique.blogspot.com/2012/02/needleturn-applique-valleys-and-deep-vs.html    great blog with good tutes.


Posted Apr 05 2012, 10:30 AM by gini
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