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TOPIC: Needle-Turn Applique Tip

16 May 2008 13:18 #18265

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My little ones (both little and big are Karen Kay Buckley) have the hole, but not the BIG ones. I was considering punching a hole with my big pliers-type leather punch that is about 40 years old! I like that I can hang all the little ones up on my peg board and grab them in a second! (they look like plastic washers)
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16 May 2008 10:53 #18260

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I bought a piece of heat resistent mylar and my DH punched circles of different sizes for me. My iron is very hot and I have not had a problem but it could just be that mine were made and the material used for the bought ones is different. I keep the circles in a little mint tin marked with what is in it. So far it has worked well. Oh, mine do not have a whole in the center either.
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15 May 2008 22:09 #18253

Gee, I didn't realize they would do that, Lynn. I got out the orignal directions (Karen Kay Buckley Perfect Circles) and it recommends using sizing and a medium-heat iron, leaving the iron in place long enough to dry the sizing. I admit, I was using a steam iron and the cotton setting for the small circles. My DGD made a large one to try out the process, and it came out fine, but I suspect the iron hadn't finished heating. It's good to know not to use a very hot iron!
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Magic circles 15 May 2008 17:59 #18250

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great idea! Those little ones can really hide!

I used them for the first time on the May block and they are great.

Then I used a big one for a tractor tire on my transportation quilt. I noticed it curled a little bit from the heat of the iron.

Has that happened to anyone else? Was my iron too hot? :?:
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Needle-Turn Applique Tip 15 May 2008 15:34 #18249

This is a small suggestion that I wished I started doing sooner. I've been using those wonderful Mylar circles (you know, for Perfect Circles!) and I love the results. However, I was constantly misplacing the circle I was using! I would make the circles one at a time, taking out the mylar piece, pressing, then appliqueing the circle to the block... sometimes I will make several and put them aside to attach to the block at a later time, but nevertheless, there's "down time" for the mylar circle! My tip is this: simply pin the circle somewhere on your block when it's not in use! Run a pin through the fabric that peaks through the center of the circle. The circle will definitely stay put. I started doing that today, and it's been great! No hunting under fabric or under the table for that little circle!
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