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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Applique Questions

While I have some other things to get done first, I do have some questions for you experts before I delve into the world of applique.

1) I am working on appliqueing down some Dresden's right now. Do you right handed folks applique from left to right or right to left? I have tried both ways and I am thinking it looks better and stitches don't show as much right to left...but then this seems backwards.

2) Does anyone have thread suggestions besides YLI silk? I am using it and it is ok, but just wondering...

3) Take a look at the photo below. Belinda was so sweet! She saw my photo of tiger lily flowers and my whining that I cannot draw so there is no way for me to make a quilt of them, so she drew some up for me and separated it all out for me to applique. So, if you were going to applique this, what method would you use? There are some sharp points...I would think that would make a difference. I am thinking I will do raw edge for the first go around but I would still like your input.


Mabry Mill
Block AG

9 pieces
Total so far: 65


Wilma NC said...

I applique from right to left, except for buttonhole stitch I do left to right.

Jill@northstarquilting said...

That's a beautiful drawing. I think there's too much detail to do needle-turn applique. I'd go for raw edge with maybe a machine satin stitch around the edges.

Stray Stitches said...

I applique from right to left but then I'm far from being an expert.
The drawing is beautiful! I would definitely go with the raw edge and do as Jill suggested with a satin stitch.

Wanda said...

I do right to left also. It seems backwards at first but it looks good. Love the picture, you scored on that one. I also use YLI (I just learned about it not long ago and use it for everything). I use the grey. The person I learned about it from uses only grey. She says it seems to work for everything and so far she's right. As for raw edge, I've never done that, I've used freezer paper, old greeting cards, and template plastic for my pieces (similar to what Erin does at One Piece at a Time).


Vroomans' Quilts said...

Boy, I am so not the one to answer here! I kind of mix things as I go. So unorthadox! But when I do needle turn, it is right to left and I do prefer silk thread. YLI is a favorite, but use what you have.

Belinda said...

First thing you need to do is make sure your pattern for the vase is even on both sides... :/ You can really see mistakes when someone posts your drawing and I am humbled!

Heather said...

I work right to left also. I usually use whatever thread I have on hand & matches. And I agree that you should try raw edge applique for the flowers!

Patty@Granma's said...

Love the Tiger Lily!
Your vase looks to be hand turned, or possibly carved from wood, and is perfect with the lilies :)

Snoodles said...

I'm not going to advise you since I have only done two applique projects so far, and I machine stitched both of them! Love the lilies, though...just beautiful!

Jindi's Cottage said...

The only part of this discussion I'm going to enter into is the thread query...and please bear in mind that silk thread and I are definitely not friends, YLI or otherwise it is not for me and I've given up even pretending that it is, all reels donated to a have you tried Aurifil? It is a cotton, in various weights, fantastic colour selection, smooth, silky, beautiful to stitch with and can be used for both hand and machine...OMG I sound like a salesperson! *LOL*...can you tell it is my favourite? ha ha ha...anyway, just a suggestion. I use it for applique, whip stitching hexies and hand piecing.
The tiger lily drawing is lovely, how kind of Belinda.