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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 Cat Lady--MO on July 1, 2009 at 1:28pm
Another good friend of mine has made Patricia's Hummingbird quilt. It is a total WOW factor. You would think since I hang around with so many excellent appliquers it would rub off on me.
Comment by cellogirl on July 1, 2009 at 1:21pm
Dinah Jeffries has beautiful designs with a modern flair, Patricia Cox in Minneapolis/St.Paul has fantastic traditional applique designs of wide variety her web site is:
Comment by Cat Lady--MO on July 1, 2009 at 1:07pm
The best part is this friend comes and shares info and insights with me. I have learned a lot about needleturn this way. One of these days I hope to be able to take classes with Dinah myself. Right now, my only form of transportation will get me around town, but I hate to go too far from home with it. And it has no AC for summertime weather.
Comment by Nancy/NC on July 1, 2009 at 1:03pm
Cat Lady, beautiful patterns, thanks for sharing this site, & what a lucky friend you have, to have taken classes from this lady! I bookmarked it & plan to check it out more later...
Comment by Cat Lady--MO on July 1, 2009 at 12:30pm
Thought you all might be interested in this web site. Dinah Jeffries designs beautiful blocks. A good friend of mine has taken numerous needleturn applique lessons from her.
Comment by Nancy/NC on July 1, 2009 at 7:06am
I am finding all the info shared here already, very interesting! What a great way to learn a whole lot more about this beautiful form of quilting! Cellogirl, good info, I like, & agree with, how you feel about quiltmaking. Each quilt is our own creation, to vary, or change to suit our own creativity, kind of like thinking out of the box, right! I have learned to do this with my quilting too, no matter which kind I am doing.
Comment by cellogirl on July 1, 2009 at 6:29am
Ok Annette--you want details--I finger press folds in the background by 4s--depending on the pattern whether on the straight or diagonal. I do mark the stem placements--approximately 1/4" from the finished placement, with an ordinary pencil, lightly. I do use freezer paper for cutting the scherenschnitte patterns, doing all cutting, including the clips for inside corners and concave curves, then place and pin piece to background and remove freezer paper. Freezer paper is great for stabilizing the block to do extensive inking, also for grandkids to do crayon quilts! My pattern following philosophy is different than some--I view it as a suggestion, a guide--the quilt is mine, I have the last say on design decisions. My muse is one of creativity, not cookie cutter. Templates are usually made of scrap paper--recycled bits to use a few times and thrown away. Some are traced, some are free-hand drawn--pin to the patch fabric, cut out with 3/16" seam allowance, all clips made, remove and place the patch in position. Some people use an underlay, some use an overlay--I usually eye-ball it. The shaping of the patch is done at the needleturn moment--turn a little more here, a little less there--it is your art. You are fully capable of designing the piece from scratch, why let some stranger dictate your art?
My one exception, circles are done the same way, unless I want to make them totally round then--cut light cardboard as the template on finished line. Cut your patch with 1/4" seam allowance, baste around the cut piece, draw up with template inside--finger press the circle (or hit it with an iron, some even spray-starch it) I finger press it , loosen your baste just enough to take out the template and applique in place--Voila, perfect circles! Circles are the most difficult shape to applique, so I do "cheat" with them!
Do be very careful using any marking devise--Never press over a mark--many of these stain or even permanently set the color with heat. We Texans have to be careful in summer--never leave a marked piece in a closed car--you bake the mark in! I've seen too many old quilts with the marks still there--150-200 year old pencil marks and new quilts with yellow, blue, red marks that will not come out during our lifetime if ever. Thoroughly test any marking device--abuse your sample, try washing out the marks--that includes any chemical used on the piece such as spray baste, self-basting batting, etc.--Never use chlorine products to remove dye (the fad of "discharge") means that you have destroyed your quilt before it was made-- respect the fibers you work with. You are making heirlooms, realize that many factors besides storage conditions, determine the viable age of your creation.
Comment by Cat Lady--MO on July 1, 2009 at 5:52am
Annette, I do know that the first method I teach (using the glue stick or thread basting) is not needleturn. It is just one of the methods I teach for hand applique because not everyone cares to do needleturn. As I had said, the very first hand applique class I ever took used the glue stick method, and it is easy to do to help build confidence in making applique stitches. Some of my students have never threaded a needle before, and having the edges already turned under helps them in the beginning. And yes, both methods have been adopted by machine sewers to do applique. That is another reason I teach that method, as it provides options, especially for women who do not want to do hand work at all.
Comment by Susan B on June 30, 2009 at 6:53pm
Hi Annette and everyone. This will be a great learning experience and yet another great group on QWU...Annette you don't need to blush - your work is absolutely incredible and learning applique from you will be a delightful experience...online and/or in person. Diane, your work is pretty darn fantastic so don't underrate your accomplishments. And like Topsy and Cellogirl, I do like freezer paper for patterns but I do love the red dot fabric for getting the placements correctly done...thanks for that tip Annette.
Comment by Topsy on June 30, 2009 at 6:47pm
Annette, I'm like Cellogirl--I don't mark my background either. I usually make a freezer paper pattern (finished size) of each piece I'm appliquing. I cut out the applique pieces, with my pattern I've made, adding about 1/8 inch from the edge of my pattern. I lay the pattern on my cut pieces and mark around following the pattern's edge. I find the center of my background piece and using a light box, I place my cut outs in place on the background fabric. I use the tiny applique pins to hold everything in place. I turn under the outside edge of the applique to the drawn line--- turn the edge under just enough to hide the line. This way if you're making several blocks the same, everything piece is shaped exactly alike.

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