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Comment by Carla on May 1, 2009 at 6:16pm
Everyone has their favorite method of hand quilting, I am sure your not the only quilter that quilts that way. In fact, the thimblelady doesn't use a hoop or frame and uses a very long needle and manipulates the quilt and not the needle.
When I machine applique, I also use the donut method. I really like machine applique, but I thought I would like to at least try traditional needle turn at least once. I have never seen the freezer paper method except when it is ironed on top and then needle turn to match the freezer paper pattern. Your method is sort of like EPP in that you use the freezer paper to baste around and then it is appliqued to the quilt. Thanks for the info!
Comment by Janet/MO on May 1, 2009 at 4:35pm
I use different methods of applique' although I prefer the look of needleturn the best. For the most part I prefer the method where you iron the freezer paper to the back and baste the seam allowance before appliquing. That seems to give me the most accuracy. For those projects that you can use a fusible webbing on, I like to do the donut method. That is where you trace & cut out the motif out of the fusible and then cut all but about 1/4" away from the center and then fuse. That gives you enough fusible to hold the motif in place until you machine quilt it in place, but it gets rid of the stiffness. This doesn't really work on tiny pieces, but it works great on the majority of large pieces.
Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on May 1, 2009 at 12:32pm
I didn't realize that the applique method I'm using on my current project is a take off the Eleanor Burns' method - except I didn't use fusible. I just sewed my pieces onto muslin, cut a slit into the back of the muslin and turned the piece. You are right, Budsgram, I don't think this method would be good for just any type of piece. Mine were a simple leaf shape - curved edges, points on both ends. The points on my leaves are not real precise like they'd be in needleturn, BUT (Are you ready? Here come my excuses): It was my first large applique project and I had decided ahead of time that this was the method I was using, do or die, because I'd not had a good experience with needle turn.

I stuffed that nagging "Type A" voice inside me into a closet. She was fussing about those points... and just went ahead with the applique process to see if it was something I'd enjoy. It is. I think I'll tackle needle turn again in the future. Yes, those points will probably haunt me.

The thing I do kind of like about the muslin-turned pieces is the little extra "poof" it gave to the applique pieces. Nothing like trapunto, of course, but just a little extra puff. I think it will show up even more after it is quilted.

The thing I didn't care for was the extra prep work. Being able to fuse the piece down might be nice, though. It is always risky having little applique pins in a take-along project. I took along a magnet just in case I dropped any when I was out and about.
Comment by Cat Lady--MO on May 1, 2009 at 12:22pm
Eleanor Burns does use some rather small pieces. And since she is known for "Quilt in a Day" she usually machine appliques the pieces down. Part of my problem with her method is it adds extra bulk, no matter how thin/light the interfacing, especially if you are planning to hand quilt in the appliqued piece. Recently I read of someone using something similar to her method, but sewing the interfacing on with water soluble thread. Then after it was turned right side out, you spritzed the seam and the thread dissolved so you could then remove the interfacing. By the way, I have used used dryer sheets for this method and they work if you do not have the interfacing handy.
Comment by jean garrett on May 1, 2009 at 12:10pm
Thanks for an explanation of the Eleanot Burns method. I agree with you that the piece would have to be a little large.I will keep it in mind....
Comment by Cat Lady--MO on May 1, 2009 at 11:41am
Joanna, the use of your name is up to you. I just looked and there were 145 people with my real name on this site. My husband has worked in the field of computers since the multi-room types, and his cautions exist from the days when part of his job was to hack into them. So that is where my paranoia develops. I would like to think we can trust people. But then again, the last time I had something stolen from me it was in a church.
Comment by Sognstitcher Lana/MN on May 1, 2009 at 11:07am
I'm not too worried, myself, about my name showing up here. I know there are pirates out there who can steal your information, but for quilting, I felt I could safely indulge more of myself. So far, so good.
Comment by Joana Simmers/GA on May 1, 2009 at 10:33am
I have a question about the privacy issue--I used my name without realizing it would show up. Should I change this or is it okay/safe?
Comment by QuiltDragon on May 1, 2009 at 10:12am
I know this is a hand quilting discussion, but it's also become evident that it's also a handwork discussion. I love to hand applique and embroider and quilt. Great to see these skills (artforms actually) still alive and well...even increasing in numbers. To put a philosophical slant on it, I really think that as we get more tech oriented and machines make everything, interest in creativity and hand work increases. We need to keep that connection to creating things ourselves. OK, I'm done...going off to machine piece my DIL's quilt ....LOL, but I'm really not a hipocrit - I'd love to spend all my time on handwork, but then nothing would get done, including any quilts! I love the encouragement from all of you - I'm going to get one of my applique projects together so I can take it on the road - maybe during lunch I'll have time to work on it. Have a great weekend. Barb
Comment by jean garrett on May 1, 2009 at 10:10am
I am needle turning an applique quilt that is truly stretching my abilites but I am getting better and better. It is a book called " Affairs of the Heart" by Aie Rossmann. Each block is made of 4 components and the first is always a little ??? but the last one is done very well... I have done a little machine applique but prefer the needle turn method. It will be interesting to see what others like to do. I have never heard of the Eleanor Burns method. What is it?

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