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This is a list to help those that enjoy needleturn or are wanna-be needleturners. Please introduce yourselves and the style of applique you enjoy most.

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What are you working on now?

Started by Peggy Stuart. Last reply by Peggy Stuart Oct 13, 2014. 27 Replies

And then there's the thread issue <G>

Started by AnnetteJ. Last reply by AidaCJ/NH Mar 13, 2014. 17 Replies

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Comment by handstitcher/IL on June 3, 2019 at 4:51am

Lovely work, Annette. I had to look up this technique when you posted it earlier. I’d never heard of it before. I love how there’s so many techniques in quilting — something for everyone! The little hexis are a great look, but I imagine they’re pretty labor intensive.

I did a lot of appliqué last week, but it was very tedious. I appliquéd 48 squares over patches that had disintegrated on the antique quilt I’ve been hand quilting. They shredded during the quilting process, so had to be replaced after the quilting was done. Appliqué on a finished quilt is not nearly as enjoyable as it is on an unfinished block!

I recently purchased an appliqué baby quilt top made from a vintage kit. It was about 85% finished. I finished a partially done flower, but there is a puppy that is only basted. The original quilter cut the pieces with almost no seam allowance, so that will be a challenge. The pieces were stamped, as is the background. It’s very dirty, but can’t be washed until completed or the marked quilting lines will disappear. I’ve always wanted to finish a quilt kit. Yesterday I watched an interesting show on the history of kit quilts from the International Quilt Study Group. I need to watch more of their videos on YouTube. It was really good! 

Comment by AnnetteJ on May 30, 2019 at 5:55pm

I was curious too, Janet, which is why I decided to try it.  Traditionally, the blocks are about the size of a potholder but mine are much larger.  Also traditionally, the backside was used to get rid of fabric one no longer needs or wanted (destashing isn't anything new!)

So either piece of applique a block, quilt it, then using a 1.25"wide singlefold binding, bind the block.  Then whipstitch the blocks together.  It certainly makes handquilting a quilt much more portable.

CatLady, the original quilt used piecing there, so I just wanted something to look similar.  It just happens that with the potholder method, I had to applique the hexies over the binding.

Then...as always happens with me, I realized when I took the photo, that I had turned two if the blocks so spent an hour ripping them apart (sigh...Murphy struck again).  I will be spending this evening whipstitching them together again.  Man!

Comment by Janet/MO on May 30, 2019 at 3:34pm

It is lovely Annette.  I am really curious about this potholder method.  

Comment by Cat Lady--MO on May 30, 2019 at 2:16pm

Beautiful Annette. Are you using the hexies to cover the joins between the potholder blocks?

Comment by AnnetteJ on May 30, 2019 at 8:22am

Hi Everyone.  It's been ages since anyone has posted. I hope you are still needleturning, although that seems to becoming a lost art in these days of fast production.  

I've been working fairly steadily on my latest quilt, making it in the potholder style where each block is quilted separately, then bound, and finally whipstitched together.   I started this about March 1st, preparing for a bit of a bump in the road for me healthwise.  Post surgery, I was able to get right to it and this is where I'm at right now.  My borders await sandwiching as I stitch down my hexies.

Comment by handstitcher/IL on November 27, 2018 at 6:43pm

I’ve been remiss in not checking in for awhile. Annette, what a feast for the eyes with all your quilts! You’ve been busy whittling down your stack of UFOs, and they look awesome! 

Not much appliqué happening these days. I need to make the pattern for my BAQ first. The surrounding 16 blocks are done, so it’s time. Not sure I’ll get to it before spring. Doing more handquilting these days.

Comment by AnnetteJ on November 22, 2018 at 8:16am

Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends Stateside. :-) .

While you are all celebrating, I am needleturned The Raven in hopes of having it in a finished quilt by Halloween next year.  What are you all up to?

Comment by QuiltDragon on September 27, 2018 at 5:29am

Congratulations Annette! The quilts are beautiful and it's great that you are feeling comfortable doing machine quilting. Last fall I finished a Christmas quilt that I'd started a long time before and it felt really good to be able to use it!

Comment by AnnetteJ on September 26, 2018 at 10:05pm
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