Friday, December 16, 2011

Our Final Prize

Click here for a complete list of participating bloggers!
Many of you have been busy bees, buzzing from blog to blog!  Certainly nice to have a bit of a diversion during such a busy time of year! Thank you to all my new followers--appreciate you taking the time to read my little blog and enjoy all your comments!

Congratulations to Rosa for being our latest winner of the table runner kit!

And my final prize is.....
Another 5 inch charm pack!
Moda Bake Shop has a project that uses a Sophie charm pack, click here to check it out.  Very clever quilt and full of places to do some fancy quilting!  Looking over the pattern, I noticed that they recommend using a product like Liquid Stitch to place the appliques.  Not sure how my sewing machine would enjoy sewing through glue, so I think I'd use Roxanne's Glue Baste-It.  Had anyone ever tried sewing through Liquid Stitch?

Find I'm doing more and more applique lately, although piecing is my first love.  Seems like applique compliments the piecing and makes the quilt extra special.  Have tried various ways to applique, but would love to hear your favorite way--needle-turn, fusible, machine, hand, etc.  Feel free to share any secrets you use to make your applique "just right." 

Please post a comment on any applique advice you'd like to offer on this entry between Friday, December 16th and before midnight December 17th and a winner will be selected randomly on December 18th.  Please make sure I'm able to contact you by e-mail to let you know if you won. Thanks so much for playing and it's been great fun meeting all of you!

35 comments:

gill said...

I've only done fusible applique because I seem to be all finger and thumbs when it comes to needleturn (I'd love some tips!) Here in the UK the only fusible widely available is bondaweb which frankly leaves the fabric rather stiff -is there a better fusible??

Cassandra said...

Congrats, Rosa!

I'm a newer quilter and haven't done appliqué yet. Hopefully I can still enter the drawing! :)

Happy quilting!

Happy Me said...

I've only appliqued once, and I used fusible webbing and my machine to blanket stitch the edges. I thought it was fun and would love to do some more!

If Toys Could Talk said...

I wish I had some advice to impart... unfortunately I have not yet attempted applique. Thanks for the chance to win! :)

Mary C said...

I am an applique newbie but Steam a Seam 2 is my friend!

SewLindaAnn said...

My best advice, and I'm sincere about this is to Follow Kay McKenzie's blog All About Applique. She's an applique artist extraordinaire and I've learned everything from her.

MC said...

I don't use fusibles, glues and spray baste because I feel like they make my project less environmentally sustainable. This has led me to use felt for my appliques. They are perfect for baby quilts & play mats because they're so soft, and they don't need anything complicated to make them stick.

smithcindyk said...

I have only used fusible applique. I know this is one area I want to gain skills. Thanks for the giveaway.

jqluo said...

I never try before.
Thanks for the giveaway!

JustPam said...

I have only done fusible applique and then sewn with a blanket stitch-either by hand or by machine.

Rosa said...

Hello!
I won!!No words, only thanks so much for the chance to win.I`m very glad!!.


My best advice is take it easy and enjoying your work.
I like hand applique.

Happy applique!!

Cherise said...

Hello! I love Sophie! :) I've only done fusible applique so I really done have any tips... sorry :(. Great question though! Happy holidays! :)

Cedar Ridge Studio said...

I think the ufsible is the best wayu to applique. I would love the fabric to amke a quilt for my newest grand child coming in April 2012

sammyjo said...

i think fusable web is your best bet, i've used it on a few projects so far and its great :) nice give away

Deanna said...

I've only done fusible and then sewn around the edge just to be sure it stays on. No handsewing here.

Judi said...

I've never used it, but have read of several using a plain old glue stick and having it work out fine. It rinses out. Probably don't glue right where you would stitch though.

Lisa Marie said...

If you get a chance to learn needleturn applique from an expert, do it. I struggled on my own, but taking a class with an expert finally made needleturn doable for me.

Judith said...

I like that charm pack. It would do nicely on a pieced and appliqued quilt I am planning for a friends newly teenaged daughter.
Not a little girl anymore :(

Judith said...

My favorite method of applique is needle turn with a toothpick instead of a needle.

Michele said...

I haven't actually done any applique yet but hope to try it this coming year. I thought I didn't like it, but I've found some patterns that I really love.

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CC said...

I adore that charm pack. Thanks for the chance. I have a great book on all kinds of applique that I swear by called Applique the basics and beyond by Janet Pittman. If you are looking for something online with video check out Shabby Fabrics applique tutorials on YouTube here http://www.youtube.com/user/ShabbyFabricsUniv. As for glue, I always use cheap old washable school glue in the bottle. It's a washable starch product and I use it all the time while quilting. It's recommended by Sharon Schamber, the multi award winning quilter for use with quilt binding. She also has videos on YouTube on quilting and hand applique.

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Linda V said...

Nice charm pack! My advice for beginners is to try glue stick applique. I think it is pretty easy along with some really sharp needles. (Roxanne's)and silk threads.

Carla G said...

I'm new to quilting, so haven't tried applique yet. I hope to try it someday! :)

Crooked Gulley Art Quilts - Mary Couch said...

fused raw edge applique is not hard, especially when putting together a picture. You just cut out the shapes, fuse them and then have fun doing Free Motion Quilting... aka... dropping the feed dogs and getting creative!
Hugs from Mary

Mippy said...

Hi!
I am am just now wanting to learn to quilt so I am a beginner and have not appliqued yet.
Thanks for the chance!
~Mippy :)
bunnysmip (AT) yahoo (DOT) com

PattioQuilter said...

I've been quilting for way over 20 years and have never attempted any appliqué ! Maybe it's about time!

Renea said...

I love using the Wonder Under for fusible applique. Thanks for the great giveaway.

Peggy said...

I've never done applique, but I'd love to enter your giveaway just the same. If I win I plan on using the fabric for our group, World of Charity Stitching, where we make lap quilts and totes for seniors citizens and children.
http://www.worldofcharitystitching.blogspot.com/
Thanks.
Peggy
peggy_verdongibbs@att.net
http://keepmeinstitches-peggy.blogspot.com

Diane Wild said...

I've done needle turn and sewing machine. Both work well for me. Depending on the project, a hand sewn blanket stitch is relaxing to do. Thanks for the chance to win on this last day of the blog hop. I have three more to visit..Whew, this has been a journey. Merry Christmas.

Cat said...

I like the glue-baste method. I use a lightly thinned down "washable white school glue" with a fine tip applicator & use a dry iron to set it. I learned my technique from Sharon Schamber- online video. Look for her pdf here: http://www.sharonschamber.com/free%20stuff/images/Basic%20Piec-liqu%E9%20circle.pdf She uses tiny dots, not a liberally applied mess. Others I know use a "washable, school glue stick". It's been said it's just a thick starch, I don't know that for a fact, but haven't had any machine problems with mine. Again, I don't sew over wet glue. I always wash the quilt after completed to wash out any glue residue, by letting it soak in plain water for a little bit before a gentle washing.
This won't leave the fabric stiff like heavier fusibles do.
Thanks for this opportunity!

Kelly said...

Have fun! Use any picture to create the pattern and just have fun!

Thanks for the chance to win
Kelly (at) mysimplewalk (dot) com

Cindy said...

I don't appliqué that often but when I do I use fusible. I found I'm too impatient to attempt it any other way. Thanks for the opportunity!

Nancy Sue said...

I have skin allergy issues to glues and adhesives that are derived from wheat (I get blisters like poison ivy. What I'm not allergic to, is the elmer's purple school glue stick. I've used a dab here and there to keep the applique from moving around or turning. I've had no problems (yet) of it staining etc. I know this is probably again all applique rules, but it's what works for me. (Ps. when I say "dab" I mean take how much you think I mean, and divide that into fourths! I'm very interested in reading everyone else's tips on this!