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I just love a quilt with applique. What is your favorite applique technique?

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Machine applique.
Though I've learned a few techniques over the years, the one that I probably use most often for everything...except wool...is where you sew the fabric and fusible interfacing right sides together and turn. It gives a clean edge to work with, though you must be careful that the fusible doesn't show around the edges.

If I'm doing an applique project, I may use more than one technique to stitch the pieces down, depending on size of the pieces, etc. Wool applique is fun because it's all blanket stitch.

Cornwoman
I love applique too but I do it by hand. Needleturn is my favorite because I am lazy and don't like to do much prep work. I mark my motif on the right side, finger press along the line, pin or glue (washout) to the fabric. I trim as I go so it doesn't fray. I use DMC machine embroidery thread. 100% cotton an myriad colors. I tried doing machine applique but with all the prep, it took 4 times longer than just sewing it on by hand.
I'm another needle-turner. Goes a lot quicker (for me) and it's portable - I also like to think that it's more traditional. I have done machine applique for baby & kid things, to withstand washing, and when redoing casual sweatshirt jackets.

Ellen
I am a freezer paper applique-er. It seems to relax me. I can sit with hubby and watch t.v. and do the tracing and also the cutting out and gluing. Sometimes he feels like the quilt widower. Although I am a golf widow during the warmer and dryer months of the year. I don't complain because I can quilt rain or shine....If I have alot to do for gifts I can usually get one of my sons girlfriends to help out with the tracing and cutting. It is tedious work for teenagers. I have learned patience in my older years. I am amazed by the different techniques everyone favors. I am sure I will pick up some new tips for my own special way of doing things. Thanks everyone.
I prefer machine applique also as for getting it done. I do like the look of needle turn also. A lot depends on the project.
My original response was to the title of the discussion, which was machine applique. With the other responses and the subject being applique in general, I would have to agree with the others. My favorite would be either needle-turn or freezer paper, as I don't favor one over the other. I tend not to follow convention necessarily and may mix methods in one block.

For me, hand applique isn't as much about how I get it cut out and the seam allowances tucked under as much as it is about the stitch that I use to applique with. In my photos I've got a picture of a block with a sheep that I designed. It's all hand appliqued but uses 3 different methods of prepping the pieces. I used the fusible interfacing on the body....needle-turn on the head...and an archival glue stick for the legs. There are a total of 20 blocks to be done on that UFO, and they are all in various stages of completion. The only thing that I will change after completing that first one is that I won't use the glue stick again because it makes it too stiff to get the needle through easily.

Cornwoman
Sally, this is a beautiful quilt!! What a great job!!

Cornwoman
Okay, I want to see Sally's quilt too, lol, but I don't see her name on any post here, so don't know how to find it, lol? Help!

Nancy/NC...
this is beautiful. Great job.
Beautiful Quilt!!!!....looks like Michigan,lol!
Where did you get the pattern and how big is the quilt. It is gorgeous. I would love to do one like that. That would make a great wallhanging if it was not too big.

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