Wednesday, June 21, 2006

I applied myself...

Okay so it's not the prettiest heart you've ever seen, but not too too bad for my first effort at needleturn applique.

We learnt how to do the freezerpaper method and it was good. I like it and think I'll use this method for my quilt, as I like the hidden stitching.

Our teacher also showed us the method using double-sided iron-on fusing. I'm not so crash hot on this method as you have to blanket or feather stitch around the appliqued piece. I like that look for naive or country stuff, but not for my sampler quilt, if you know what I mean. I like the clean lines of the needleturn.

Anyway, it was fun, not too hard but certainly challenging enough to make me value the hard work I put in! And I like that you can pack up a small bit of work and take it anywhere with you and do some stitching when you can snatch 5 minutes of free time. Suits my lifestyle!

10 comments:

Denise Wheeler said...

Lily, It looks great! I REALLY enjoy needleturn applique' (in moderation). I have seen your comments on Tonya's blog. Take a look at mine if you are so inclined. www.joyisquilting.blogspot.com

Denise

anne bebbington said...

Lily - told you it can become addictive - I always do needleturn as I find stitching through the fabric and the bondaweb adhesive just too hard for my fingers - plus as you say you don't always want those stitches to have to show - hearts are a really good shape to practice with as you get curves, straights, points and vees all in one shape - plus you can combine them to make flowers and butterflies too - yours looks outstanding for a first attempt - go for it :o)

Lily said...

Thanks Anne :)

Didn't think about hearts making butterflies and flowers, but of course!!

Lucy said...

You made a great heart! It is fun to do hè. and so relax. Do you know my first quilt was with all hearts for my daughter. I will try to make picture of it these days and will post it at my blog
:-)

Judy said...

Anne is right, your smart teacher gave you the perfect thing to do. Hearts give you a bit of everything to learn. And learn you did!! It's wonderful! I think it's perfect! I like the hidden stitch best too although sometime I don't always get them all that way.

Now, I've only done it needleturn. Mark the chalk pencil line around the pattern piece, fingerpress and then turn with the needle. What's the freezer paper method?

It's fun to pack your work, a needle, and some thread and sew where ever you go. You can make your own little pouch. Great job!!

Sandra said...

You did a great job for your first try. Edges are smooth and you found a method you enjoy - you'll be creating all sorts of masterpieces now! I prefer not to use freezer paper.

Sandra said...

Hi Lily, I'm replying here as your comment was a no-reply thing. If it's a simple shape, I'll eyeball it and turn under as I go, but a more complicated shape will have a line drawn on the right side of the fabric (either in pencil or chalk) and I'll turn under until that line is just underneath. I have tried the freezer paper (both underneath and on top) and I find it's too stiff, gets in the way and my edges aren't smooth. Isn't it funny how we all find different ways of doing things that suit us :-)

Tonya R said...

I needle-turn applique the same way that Sandra does - no freezer paper. I hate fusing - it's hard to get the needle through and takes way too much effort.

Congrats on the block - looks great.

Lily said...

Thanks guys.

This isn't actually part of my quilt - it was just practice in class :)

You should see my applique patterns - 7 pieces in each. THAT should keep me outta trouble!!

Finn said...

You did a really great job Lily!! Practice piece or not, applique may just be your "nitch" in quilting..*VBS* And young eyes make it easier!

What a far cry from what your older applique book was saying, right?? You go girl!! Hugs, FInn