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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 ranchmom/OR on June 30, 2009 at 12:11pm
I have never done needleturn applique, but I have been wanting to learn. I guess I am a wanna-be.
Comment by Cat Lady--MO on June 30, 2009 at 11:59am
Answer, part two. I also use Jeana Kimball's Straw needles, size 11, when I do my applique. Since I do not do an over abundance of it, I normally use a thread, preferably cotton, that most closely matches the piece I am appliqueing. Of course that means I am always scrounging up thread colors, good thing spools do not take up as much space as fabric. Just remember, I am a machine piecer at heart, so most of my threads are used for my regular sewing. I find taking tiny stitches helps to bury the threads, even if I am using a regular sewing weight thread. Just don't look too close at my work. (LOL. As if you can on the net!)
Comment by Cat Lady--MO on June 30, 2009 at 11:51am
Annette, actually it is more basic than that. You draw your pattern on the freezer paper (fp), and cut it out. Then you iron the fp to the backside/wrong side of your fabric. Cut the fabric out with a 1/4" seam allowance past your fp shape. Now, you 1) apply a smear of water soluble glue stick along the very edges of your freezer paper, and carefully turn the seam fabric back onto the glued edge of the fp, keeping it as smooth as you can. Or 2) fold the fabric seam allowance over the edge of the fp, and hand baste it in place. Then you place your glued/basted shape onto the fabric and had applique in place. When you are done you appliqueing, you carefully cut the back away and remove the freezer paper either by adding moisture to dissolve the glue or clipping your basting threads.
Actually Beth Ferrier uses a similar glue stick method in her Hand Applique by Machine technique.
This method gives a firm edge, that is already turned under. I like to use it as an introductory method to applique tohelp concentrate more on the stitches themselves than on getting the raw edge tuned.
Comment by Lynne on June 30, 2009 at 11:28am
Needleturn applique is the only way I ever want to applique. I have tried machine,,, not good,, fusible has to be secured down anyway, so why bother. I have been doing needleturn for over 25 years.
I mark on the top of the fabric,,, don't like the stiffness freezer paper adds. After taking a class from Becky Goldsmith & Linda Jenkins {Piece O'Cake}, I do not cut out the design till I need to. In other words, I mark the design and trim as I go.
I have found the Fon's & Porter's marking pencils, purchased thru CT, are fantastic. Even comes with an eraser. I do use mechanical pencils also.
Glad to see someone started this!! Thanks
Comment by AnnetteJ on June 30, 2009 at 11:23am
Cat Ldy, let me see if your needleturn method is the same one I'm fond of. First I make freezer paper templates of each of the pieces in the applique. I number them all on the pattern, then again on my fp templates. Then I cut out the fp templates, iron them to the top side of the applique fabric, draw around them with a white marker, then cut them out, leaving about a 1/8" seam allowance. I then position them on the top of my block with the assistance of a non-woven, non-fusible, lightweight overlay onto which I've drawn the block. I, like Glenda, use Roxanne's glue in teenie dots to adhere the applique piece to my block. Then I remove the freezer paper template and start appliqueing. Well, actually, I do this one layer at a time. Remember, I generally make Baltimore blocks, so there are a lot of layers to any one given block. So one layer, then I stitch them in place, then glue the second layer, stitch them in place, etc. until all the little pieces are stitched down. I should comment here that I also prefer Mettler 60/2 wt. thread or DMC 50 wt. for my needleturn. These are both cotton threads, fine in weight and they disappear into the cotton fabric. Oh and I also use Jeana Kimball's Straw needles. That's my method...how are yours different?
Comment by Glenda/ KS on June 30, 2009 at 9:51am
Needleturn applique is my favorite technique. I have tried many techniques, but keep returning to the needleturn. I often secure my pieces with dots of Roxanne's fabric glue if I plan to take the project with me as a travel project.
Comment by Cat Lady--MO on June 30, 2009 at 9:41am
Let's see, how do I intruduce myself. I have been quilting for a number of years now, and have taught beginning quilting classes for some time. As part of the classes I have taught two different types of hand applique.
The first entails using freezer paper and basting the shape to it (either with a glue stick or basting stitches). This is the method I was shown when I first started quilting. The second method I teach is needleturn.
Having said that, it has been awhile since I actually sat down and did much hand applique (other than teaching). Discovered when I was working on a block for Sylvia's Bridal Sampler, that I needed to refresh my skills, especially making points. I also have a UFO I have been putting off as I am at the point where the remaining blocks, let alone borders, are to be appliqued, and I want to needleturn the applique rather than do them by machine as the original designer of the quilt intended. So, I am joining this group to get some encouragement.
 

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