Turned Edge Fusible Applique

In my local quilt guild, Lake Norman Quilters, I’m running a mystery quilt that I’ve designed.  And some of the blocks are applique.  While I did my version in raw edge fusible, I’ve had questions on how to turn edges on pieces as small as they are in the blocks.  Hopefully this photo tutorial will show my preferred way of combining fusible with turned edge for applique.  There are a lot of different ways to accomplish the task, this is just MY favorite way.

 

First, I use Steam A Seam II Lite paper backed fusible web.  I draw the actual template out onto the paper backed fusible:

Then I cut the pieces out exactly on the lines:

I apply to the back side of the fabric:

And trim with a very small turn allowance.  Because you’re using fusible, you don’t need a lot of extra turn allowance:

The next step is to finger press the turn under, leaving the paper IN PLACE:

Follow up with a light pressing with the TIP of your iron, again, the paper is still in place at this point:

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Remove the paper from the back of the applique piece to remove it from the turned seam allowance, replace it over the back of the applique piece before you press the edges again with the iron:

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Your end piece will have turned, fused edges, and you can apply it to your block using the interior fusible.  This makes the project completely portable for hand stitching, or you can machine stitch the edges with minimal shrinkage of your block as the fusible helps stabilize it.

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I hope this helps!  Small pieces are very fussy, and I do use a stiletto while I’m working on this to keep my fingers away from the edges of the hot iron.

 

 

 

 

 

Quilt and Sew In Retreat

This past weekend (Thursday through this morning) I attended a Quilt and Sew In Retreat in Blowing Rock, NC put on by  heARTS Desire Creations.  This was the first “retreat” I’ve ever attended.  I’ve attended quilt shows and fiber festivals many times.  I’ve taken classes along the years, but this was totally different and refreshing.  First, there was no “must do” agenda.  Participants were free to come and go as they pleased, to sew or not sew as they pleased, and no expectations were implied!  A chance for me to totally relax.  I had no phones, except what I chose to use my cell for, no animals demanding attention, no chores that had to be done, just free time to create as I wanted to (or not).

 

The lighting in the room was great!  I took my Ott Light and never took it out of the bag.  Everyone had their own table to work on, but the tables were in clusters so you had company to talk with if you wanted to.  And there was a lot of joking and kibitzing over the weekend.

Thursday after arriving, I set up for sewing, and did a little.  My goals for the weekend were to finish the hand-quilting on “Hope”s border, to make some scrap blocks for my 2009 Block in the Box from Lake Norman Quilters, and to make some Hunter’s Star blocks for that same project (aka UFO), as well as to spend some time knitting.  I accomplished some of them and would have finished all if not for my machine, but I’ll tell you about that later.

 

First I finished the hand-quilting on the border of Hope.  This was from a long ago class by Susan Brubaker-Knapp on hand applique.

Hope

I had originally thought to hand quilt the entire thing.  Quite an ambitious project with the arthritis in my hands that I quickly gave up on.  I machine quilted the center and decided I would only do the borders by hand.  Finished one motif and gave it up for “another time” (UFO).  With the arthritis more under control now than it was back then, I spent one day hand quilting the remaining border motifs while away.  And while my stitches are far from the even tiny ones that I used to make years ago, I’m pleased that I can still hand quilt a little.

Hope-border

After that I started working on some scrappy (kind of) blocks.  I had no plan for these.  Before I left I looked at a couple of my Accuquilt Go Dies and thought “these should go together” and cut some pieces.  Then the play started and I like the results.  These are for the aforementioned 2009 Block in a Box project that I hope to finish soon.

Scrap-block

 

Of course the project needed more blocks, so I used the GO to cut out pieces for eight Hunters Star blocks using the colors above and a white as background.  While I didn’t finish them, I am well along.   All the halves are pieced.

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And two of the blocks were pieced, but I’ll be re-doing them as I’m not happy with the centers.

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The fault of the centers was my machine.  I took along a 1941 Featherweight that I just love.  And while it goes great for some things, when I encountered the bulk of the center, the machine consistently wobbled around the bulk rather than over it.  I did this block twice, then tried on another block and each time the same thing, wobbles between the arrows so I put it aside to finish on one of my newer machines.

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In the evenings I did some knitting, the red sock is a test knit for Mary Hough Designs, and the striped sock is my go to plain vanilla sock.

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Of course, who among us, goes on retreat, or on vacation and never shops at all?  And I did do some shopping, at both of the two quilt stores in Boone where I added to my collection of batiks and splurged on a jelly roll (I LIKE those things!).

 

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As well as the yarn store in Blowing Rock.

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Will I go again?  Most likely if I either the husband or the son are going to be home that weekend to care for all my critters!  If you get a chance, I highly recommend this particular retreat as a fun long weekend away!

 

2015 Quilt Show

I’ll be there in August, will you?

Lake Norman Quilters

Lake Norman Quilters Quilt Show

QUILT SHOW LOGO

August 14th and 15th 2015

9 AM to 5 PM

Talbert Recreation Center

210 Talbert Pointe Drive, Mooresville, NC 28117

Less than 2 miles from I-77 Exit 36   Near lots of shopping & restaurants!

200 plus quilts on display

Vendors

Raffle Quilt

Gift Shoppe

Personal appearances by Featured artist Lyric Kinard

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