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"Afternoon Delight" was one of Sue Garman's favorite patterns. This wonderfully scrappy quilt is truly a delight to make with its combination of simple appliqué and Double Nine-Patch blocks and modified Shoo Fly blocks. Each month you will work on pieced and appliquéd blocks, and in the final month, you will assemble the blocks and add the outer border. The finished quilt measures approximately 86 1/2" inches square.

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TOPIC: How Do YOU Appliqué?

How Do YOU Appliqué? 20 Mar 2020 21:42 #147389

I am just starting quilt blocks and would like to use my scan and cut. Do you know of a good video tutorial? What tips do you suggest? Thanks
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How Do YOU Appliqué? 15 Feb 2020 10:18 #147068

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Ckewing,
I am learning back-basting too.
Jo Morton does back-basting. A few of her books have a concise explanation of how she does it in the back of the book. Jo's Little Favorites III, and Jo's Floral Album.
Back-Basting Applique Step by Step by Hand or Machine, by Barbara J. Eikmeier, is very helpful. Barbara started back-basting by machine when she realized how much time she could save this way. But I found machine bask-basting harder to do. She free-motion stitches the design. My free-motion stitching got some tiny stitches at tricky spots that were aggravating to remove when appliqueing.
I recommend starting by trying back-basting by hand with a simple heart design. Use a large needle and thicker thread in a contrasting color for the back-basting, so you can see the holes and the line easier.
Other tips:
If the basted stitching line becomes difficult to see, draw over the line with a marker. The marker will show up on the fabric in the spaces between the basting stitches.
The Bohn chalk marker worked well on dark fabrics for me. It didn't smudge or rub off as easily as some others, and it came off afterwards - even after I accidently ironed it.

Back-basting applique is a form of needle-turn. In my humble opinion, one really needs to know the basics of needle-turn first to be successful at back-basting on the more intricate outlines of a few of these blocks.

Here is my best tip: Don't let your first attempts discourage you. We can do this!!!!!!

Judy
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How Do YOU Appliqué? 13 Feb 2020 11:21 #147056

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Ckewing, I don't have experience but like you I am on a mission to learn new techniques as I progress on this wonderful quilt pattern.
I found some really good you tube videos by Becky Goldsmith. You can type her name in and you tube and when get her channel, go to videos
and back 7 years ago she did one on pinning outer points on needle turn applique and another on stitching outer points. Since she draws the line and needle turns
it would be a lot like the back basting when it comes to the manipulation of the seam and fabric at the point. She also had a good one just a month ago on
Turned Edge Machine stitched with wash away stabilizer that I watched. If you are like me, you will find a bunch of her videos interesting. HelenW

PS I just found Becky Goldsmith's website www.pieceocake.com and on the home page at the top she has free videos. Click on that and she has them
all organized by topics.
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How Do YOU Appliqué? 12 Feb 2020 16:46 #147053

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I had never heard of or seen back basting appliqué until I read comments on this forum. Since I like learning new things, I decided to give it a try on Block 7. The outside edge turned out okay, but the center of the block looked awful. I appliquéd a new center over the mess and still may redo this block at some point.

Does anyone with experience in back basting appliqué have tips for those sharp points and tiny edges in the center of this block?
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How Do YOU Appliqué? 12 Feb 2020 16:45 #147052

I had never heard of or seen back basting appliqué until I read comments on this forum. Since I like learning new things, I decided to give it a try on Block 5. The outside edge turned out okay, but the center of the block looked awful. I appliquéd a new center over the mess and still may redo this block at some point.

Does anyone with experience in back basting appliqué have tips for those sharp points and tiny edges in the center of this block?
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Freezer paper for quilting templates 28 Jan 2020 13:30 #146910

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Well, that's just brilliant! I sort of knew about that but hadn't tried it. You are definitely good at sleuthing out uses for freezer paper. I am teaching machine quilting classes at the local sewing machine shop and will pass that on to the students, as well as trying it myself.
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Freezer paper for quilting templates 28 Jan 2020 11:06 #146907

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Kathy, I like your manila folder with batting idea and using fabric for squaring up. Not getting to town too often, I like having various substitutes for
when I run out of something and still want to continue on with what I am doing. I also saw Susan Cleveland's video
where she uses different shapes made out of freezer paper; irons them to her sandwiched quilt and stitches around the
freezer paper pulls it off and then moves it and irons it on again. HelenW
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Freezer paper transport of applique idea,,, 28 Jan 2020 09:50 #146905

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2 great ideas! The last time I really did any applique, was for Sue Garman's Ruffled Roses quilt, a few years ago now. I took a manila folder, cut a piece of batting to fit it, and put my applique pieces on the batting. The freezer paper idea sounds like it would work better.
As for squaring up, many times I have marked out a square on plain cloth and used that. Hmmm, I can see that I will have to try this also. Thanks a bunch, kathy
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Freezer paper transport of applique idea,,, 28 Jan 2020 07:20 #146904

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Kathy, Found another use for all your freezer paper. Pearl of P3 Designs has a great way to use freezer paper to organize and transport your applique pieces or units.Lay
prepared shapes right side of fabric face down on ironing surface. Wrong side is face up. Take a piece of freezer paper cut to normal paper size and lay it shiny side down
directly on top the applique shape. Iron the paper side of freezer paper, which sticks the shiny side to the applique.
This lets you transport units or pieces to classes, quilting get togethers or just to organize them for easy access. Love this idea. Have not tried it yet.
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What to do with thick freezer paper... 28 Jan 2020 05:23 #146901

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Kathy, On the current TQS show Ricky used it to clean threads off his design wall. I cut a large piece and put it shiny side down on the ironing board press it down to keep glue and fusible off the actual board. When it gets dirty I just pull it off and throw it away. When you square up really large blocks or panels and don't have large square up rulers,
just cut freezer paper sections iron them together until it is big enough, then iron to the panel and use your ruler to trim to size. It works great. I have also done the same thing
with large artist sheets of tracing paper. Put together with clear tape, tape to the top of panel and I have a perfect square up on a large project. HelenW
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How Do YOU Appliqué? 27 Jan 2020 18:10 #146898

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Wow, that is very thick. I'm not sure it would go through my printer. The C Jenkins is working great, so much better than the freezer paper on rolls. I have 3 rolls of it, I'm not sure what I can do with it now :) . Kathy
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How Do YOU Appliqué? 27 Jan 2020 14:43 #146897

Kathyst2, just know the Cut Rite Heavy Duty freezer paper is about the weight of cardstock.

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How Do YOU Appliqué? 27 Jan 2020 14:39 #146896

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Judith, I ordered the C Jenkins freezer paper from amazon, and tried it out. It sticks to the fabric and is heavy enough to be stable when turning the edges. Yay! Now I can finish my Sizzle quilt. Thank goodness for the resourceful people on TQS. At some point if I use up the C Jenkins freezer paper I will try out the Cut Rite also. For now I am happy to be able to move onward. Kathy
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How Do YOU Appliqué? 25 Jan 2020 02:33 #146881

I am in the same boat. I did a bit of research and as the suggested Appli-web paper is out of stock, I went looking. Appli-web is produced by RNK (Floriani). They produce a product called Wet n Gone Fusible that has all the same principles as Appli-Web. The only catch is that it comes on a 9" x 10 yard roll rather than sheets. But no matter, I will cut it into sheets with only having to waste 1/2" on the 9" side. I found it online at Red Rock Threads and they shipped it the same day I ordered. I'd like to support The Quilt Show store, however I feel I need to get going or I'll never catch up! Just my thoughts here. :)
Sharon
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