Recommended applique method..?

susan_onOctober 13, 2013

I'm doing an appliqu� quilt for my nephew and his wife, and I've only done this once before. What is the best applique method/technique for a quilt that will be used a lot? She wants owls in trees.

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K8Orlando

Owls in trees?!? Is she a Molly the Owl person? LOL - there were a lot of us!

Hand applique is not the fastest, but for a quilt that will be used a lot I like that method the best. The sewn edges will be soft and strong. I'm not crazy about machine applique because I think the edges can be stiff or rough but maybe that's because I'm not very good at it!

There are probably as many opinions about this as there are quilters! Whatever you choose, it will be a lovely gift for your nephew.

Kate

    Bookmark   October 13, 2013 at 6:48PM
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toolgranny

Hand applique, needle turn, by all means.

    Bookmark   October 13, 2013 at 9:01PM
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jennifer_in_va

I would agree that needle turn/hand applique would be the best, but only if you're rather proficient at it! If this will be your first walk in the park for hand applique, and you're not sure of your skills, then I'd recommend machine applique.

How did you applique the first project?

    Bookmark   October 13, 2013 at 10:34PM
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susan_on

For the first project I did needle turn applique. It was a few years ago, but there was a LOT of applique on it. I didn't mind doing it though.

Molly the owl? I should look that up- never heard of it....lol! She sent me a pic that seemed kind of chaotic, so I'm going to tone it down. Wish me luck!

    Bookmark   October 14, 2013 at 12:18AM
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nanajayne

I am with Jennifer, unless you have lots of time and experience I think hand applique isn't the best way to go. For a quilt that will be used a lot I would machine applique. Eleanor Burn's technique using a lite wt. interfacing works well and is easy and accurate.
I agree the hand applique is beautiful but requires a skill level and time. MHO

    Bookmark   October 14, 2013 at 1:51PM
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vicky4x4

I have done both and I think for a quilt that is going to be used a lot I would use Steam a seam 2 and a tight small zigzag.

Vicky

    Bookmark   October 14, 2013 at 7:32PM
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susan_on

Thanks so much all, for the good advice. I will do as Vicky recommends.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2013 at 10:23PM
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janice__indiana5

Susan, I love to hand applique, but have done quite a bit of machine applique. I vote for what you feel most comfortable with considering your time frame. For machine applique I use a blanket stitch and Steam a Seam 2 Light. The Warm Company has had trouble with their Steam a Seam Regular and Light. They recently have resolved these issues. If you choose Steam a Seam I would use the Steam a Seam 2 light, and look for the new product. Steam a Seam 2 Light is just that, light. It is softer and more pliable. Remember that when using a fusible mirror image comes into play. Be sure to read the directions carefully. After tracing images onto the fusible I also cut out the middle leaving a small border of fusible around the edges of the pattern, then I fuse to my fabric. This leaves a enough fusible around the edges to do the job, but keeps the applique softer and since its not fused, lets the middle puff up more like hand applique. I hope this helps,and doesn't confuse you! Good Luck!

Janice

    Bookmark   October 19, 2013 at 12:38PM
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susan_on

That is fabulous info, Jan! Thank you for all those details.. that is very helpful to me. I am looking forward to doing this, and I will post a pic when I'm finished.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2013 at 2:41PM
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