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I'm just throwing this out, but does anyone but me think that the pre-cut fusible web applique projects are just a little bit like the old paint-by-number craft kits?

I've done a lot of landscape and animal patterns using batiks and fusible web, following by thread work, but I usually choose my own fabrics, place the template in exactly the right place to get the right shading, and apply the fusible web myself, before laying them out on a teflon sheet to compose the applique.  Somehow this just seems like cheating.   Just saying...

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Comment by betweens on July 8, 2014 at 2:32am

I think these "starters" for applique is a great way to get people hooked on a craft that is not as popular until they can see how free it can be and you can use applique anytime anywhere on your quilt. They're are many piecers so it is great that applique is coming back even if it is only by machine. It is a start. Also this will help people on how value's work when you chose fabric, in time they will become independent and pick their own fabric. I myself cannot machine applique I have tried but I do enough piecing that I would rather hand work some projects so that I can carry my work with me and feel the fabric as I work on it.

There are all kinds of quilters, that make all kind of quilts thank goodness we have much diversity!!

Comment by Roxann on July 4, 2014 at 4:39am

Jodi, I think that is an excellent description. I don't always have the time to go on fabric hunts, but yet I want to sew. Kits are an easy way for me to be able to that.   I find myself sometimes trying to put a project together myself, get overwhelmed and walk away. So I totally agree, there are times I don't want to relax, not think to hard, and create. 

Comment by Jodi Cramer on July 3, 2014 at 7:09pm

I think pre-cuts are an acceptable way to start until you get your feet under you, so to speak. The minute you see a precut & have the thought that you have a fabric in your stash that you would like better, you have begun the creative process. Takes some of us longer than other. Crocheting from a pattern in a book, cross-stitching a kit, etc., are sort of like pre-cut appliques. I like to do those when I don't want to think, I just want to relax with some good music, a cup of tea, and make something pretty I don't have to think about. Does that make sense to anyone?

Comment by Janet/MO on July 3, 2014 at 12:37pm

My biggest "objection" to the pre-cut fusible applique is the price.  However, I can understand why some people would like them especially if they have a hard time cutting fabric.  It does give someone the chance to have an identical quilt to the one they have been admiring, but I also think if a person only makes quilts from kits, they are cheating themselves out of the creative process. 

Comment by Roxann on July 3, 2014 at 12:15pm

Applique is the reason I started quilting. LOVE it. As for the laser cuts I haven't used one yet but am about to purchase a kit. My hands aren't always so kind to me so pre cuts might have to be my future. 

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on July 3, 2014 at 7:50am

That's it exactly!  With laser-cut, pre-webbed pieces, you are making and exact copy of the pattern.  Where's the fun in that?

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on July 3, 2014 at 7:36am

I didn't realize they had such a thing!  I'm so far out of the loop.  (sigh)  I would like to have some smaller hand applique projects ready to go, but I've been too lazy to do the prep work!  I haven't even been looking at fabric lately.  I'm determined that when the quilting bug strikes me again, and I hope it will, I'll be shopping from my stash.  Lord knows I have plenty of projects and fabrics lined up to keep my busy, well, forever.  

I would think with applique, it would be more fun to choose the fabrics and play with them as you mentioned to get just the right look for each piece.  Part of the creative design process and what makes each quilt unique.  

Comment by Pam/NY on July 3, 2014 at 5:04am

I've never made a kit...like picking out my own fabrics also!

Comment by Carol Vickers/OH on July 2, 2014 at 8:21pm

I've never done a pre-cut applique project but don't think I would like it as well.  One of my favorite parts is digging through my stash until I find that perfect piece of fabric -- quite satisfying when you do!

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