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Date: 1/16/13 9:32 AM

Been wanting to talk about this for some time. And then after seeing Portland's stars, now is the time. I dabbled with some applique when I took a quilting class some 10 years ago. We were doing a sampler quilt and the blocks were to teach us different techniques etc. Then I did a Ryan McKenna quilt pattern. I have to say as pretty as they are I'm not much of a raw edge applique person and I've seen from the one I've did it's not something to do if you are going to be washing a lot etc. I just hung mine up. But those kind of intense quilts require a lot of cutting. My hands don't like that. But I really would like do some applique work. By machine of course no hand sewing here if possible. So do you do them and what methods do you use, I know there are a lot of ways to do it. We know Cat likes it from her beautiful Christmas quilt. I know all about the machines that cut the shapes etc. But the little bit I'd use it doesn't justify the cost to me. I would really like to venture out into the art quilt world a bit but feel I need this skill first.

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Date: 1/16/13 9:38 AM

I have been working on a small applique wall-hanging quilt.
Lots of pieces to cut and I was having trouble with my hands hurting while doing all that fine cutting.
I ran across these scissors.
The difference in the comfort level was like night and day.
I was able to finish all the cutting without any discomfort at all.
I can't say enough about the Famore family of products overall.
I have several scissors, tweezers, seam rippers, etc. The quality is amazing and their prices are extremely reasonable.

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Date: 1/16/13 10:25 AM

I have a pair like that. It's the scissoring action that does my thumb with the bone spur in. Why couldn't it have been on my right hand. I had it looked at a few years ago and doc said well it if bothers you take an advil, maybe a surgical procedure down the road. Like hell. I saw what they did to my husband's back. I'm not taking any chances with my priority hand. So trying to "save" it somewhat. I have general weakness in that hand also hard to pick up a full bottle of dish detegrant. But I'm not giving up sewing.

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Date: 1/16/13 12:19 PM

Have you seen Rose Hughes quilts and techniques for appliqué? I jus recently came across her blog site, and the scale of her quilts is a little bit different than traditional appliqué quilts, are more modern, and she shows a different, intriguing method for sewing the pieces on the machine.

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Date: 1/16/13 1:37 PM

I do lots of applique - satin stitch, raw edge, blanket stitch - but for quilts my favorite method is Harriet Hargrave's from her book, Mastering Machine Applique.

She uses freezer paper to turn edges and then invisible thread with a size 60 needle to secure the applique shapes.

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Date: 1/16/13 2:06 PM

I actually love to machine applique. No fancy methods for me; I just use a satin stitch and an open toe applique foot. You have to use an open toe foot. I iron the fabric on 2 sided transfer web, trace my item, cut out all the pieces and iron them on. I find the whole process very therapeutic. I started to do appliques back when my now grown children were toddlers; I appliqued childrens' clothing for a local company. That was back in the 70s and the money earned bought me my first electronic Kenmore sewing machine - I kept that machine for 20+ years. I think I posted this previously but this is my appliqued Christmas quilt I made this year.
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Date: 1/16/13 2:41 PM

I love all kinds of applique -

The stars on my quilt are raw edge - I did an "S" stitch with FMQ around the edges as well as a SS at 1/4 inch and one right on the edge. I dont think they will raise much with washing. But, even if they do - I like that look, too.

I think I remember seeing people use a fusible and they say that makes raw edges stable. ??

I do ss raw edge applique now. I have done ZZ, blanket, satin, deco stitch .. but, never did reverse applique. My brain hurts thinking about it. I dont really like hand work that is small - my fingers are fat logs that dont really do small work well at all.

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Date: 1/16/13 4:00 PM

Yeah you iron the fabric to the lightweight fusible and then cut them out. Then you fuse them to your backround piece. But in some of these patterns after it's all done and said you might have 5 layers of fabric that's been a bit hardened by all the layers and fusible. A you know what to stitch or quilt through.
I did this one the wolf panel
wolf panel
And as you can see at the right bottom you are sitching through tree, wolf, 3 layers of stones. I just love her stuff though and have several of her patterns. Those quilts or panels are very labor intensive though as if you don't use the recommended fabrics ($$$) you have lots of decisions to make.
I really wanted to do this one I got the pattern
A journey into light
But all that cutting with the issues with my hands I would have needed strong painkillers.
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Date: 1/16/13 4:03 PM

I LOVE a satin stitch and my machines way-cool tapering feature. Sometimes I even remember to change my foot! But I do not have an open toe foot, I use my regular foot or the one my machine recommends.

I have done raw edge also, and hand needle turn. I like them all!

The cutting may be a problem....I used so many small pieces my hands got tired. Small scissors are a must.

I have seen some pre-cut appliques on ebay and in a quilting magazine. I can't remember exactly where but I thought they were a great idea!

I use Misty Fuse for bonding web. I HATE that paper backed stuff! I can never get the dang paper to peel off easily. I fuse the Misty Fuse to the back of the fabric first using my teflon oven liner, then cut out the shapes.

I will use the freezer paper eventually, just so far I have used the really tight satin stitch and didn't need it.

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Date: 1/16/13 4:04 PM

I LOVE that quilt! It's so adorable!

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