Needle Turn Applique
nawma
Posted 2007-11-26 11:43 AM (#352)
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When I first began to applique my curves were horrible. I tried and tried to get them to be soft even curves but I often ended up with straight lines and hard corners. So I took a class in Nashville on needle turn applique and one of the best hints I received was that you actually have to let the needle turn the fabric. If you do that the fabric will only tuck under enough for a stitch or two but the needle will turn it just right and the fabric will form a beautiful curve if you turn under just a bit, stitch it down, and then use the needle to turn under just a bit more.

Connie

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dee -las vegas
Posted 2008-01-03 4:04 PM (#1587 - in reply to #352)
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Connie I have to agree, my first edges were so ugly I almost cried and so afraid I would never get the hang of it but there were so many pretty projects i admired I was determined to learn so I self taught myself the turn needle method. Now I was to teach myself applique using stabilizer-I know not new to most people but I have never done it.
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nawma
Posted 2008-01-07 11:54 AM (#1754 - in reply to #1587)
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Yes Dee there's nothing like a little practice to perfect this technique. My first applique block is not something I'm very proud of except for the fact that I hung in there and finished it. This technique is well worth perfecting as it creates some gorgeous work!

Connie

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Jess
Posted 2008-01-07 1:07 PM (#1762 - in reply to #1754)
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Hey Nawma -

Just curious, do you have a pic of your first needle turn and one of the more recent ones? Some inspiration for those of us needing to hang in there.

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nawma
Posted 2008-01-08 8:41 PM (#1800 - in reply to #1762)
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As requested here's a pic of my first needle turn block. As you can see the rounded areas are not round by any stretch and the points on the leaves are a bit blunt.

Connie





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nawma
Posted 2008-01-08 8:43 PM (#1801 - in reply to #1800)
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And here's a shot of my last project. Quite a bit of improvement on both the points and the rounded areas. Not a very good close up. I will try to get a better shot tomorrow.

Connie





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Dorian
Posted 2008-01-09 6:53 PM (#1850 - in reply to #352)
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Oh those are beautiful Connie!! Wonderful work. And yes, you can see an improvement, even if the other picture isn't as close up. Great job.

I've always needle turned my projects, self taught. But I don't do it enough to make it look so beautiful!

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nawma
Posted 2008-01-11 12:27 PM (#1896 - in reply to #1850)
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Thank you Dorian! Its been awhile now since I've done any applique but with the two convergence quilts I'm about to get another lesson!! LOL

Connie

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Nola
Posted 2008-02-26 4:58 PM (#4790 - in reply to #1896)
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Here's a pic of a block I just finished for a local challenge.  A local quilt guild hosts a show every summer, and they generally have a "challenge".  This year's challenge is to use a Focus Fabric (the yellow floral in my block).  Have to use all 30's repros or solids and they prefer blocks from the 1930's.  We can enter as many blocks as we want to but they all have to be different patterns.  Here's my first one - needs a bit more pressing.  It's called "Mother's Favorite" and is from a CD of 1930's era patterns - this is a Virginia Snow pattern.

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Gerda
Posted 2008-02-26 5:48 PM (#4796 - in reply to #352)
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Oooh, Nola, that is gawjus!! I've never seen that pattern before! Way to go!!! I love it!!! It just has to win, they'd be blind not to give it the first prize!
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Posted 2008-02-26 7:29 PM (#4800 - in reply to #4796)
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Thanks for the compliments, Gerda!  I want to make several more blocks yet using some of the patterns the BC ladies mentioned - Bridal Bouquet being one.  I was really pleased with the way the Mother's Favorite turned out - would love to make an entire quilt in that pattern.  I think the winners in this Challenge are chosen by the public.  When one enters the quilt show they give you slips of paper to vote for your favorite quilt in the adult division, favorite in the kids' division and favorite challenge block.  After the show all the challenge blocks will be made into a quilt that will become next year's raffle quilt - and there will be a new challenge for next year.

Nola

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Posted 2008-02-26 8:52 PM (#4806 - in reply to #4800)
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simply beautiful nola!  you got my vote!

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Posted 2008-02-27 12:02 AM (#4814 - in reply to #352)
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Nola - that is lovely - I also haven't seen that pattern before - wtg!  -  I love the 30's fabrics.

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Posted 2008-02-27 12:59 PM (#4842 - in reply to #4814)
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Stunning Nola! Consider my vote yours!
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Posted 2008-02-28 9:39 AM (#4910 - in reply to #352)
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Nola, that is such a neat pattern! And beautiful work!! you have my vote too.
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Posted 2008-02-28 10:43 AM (#4917 - in reply to #4910)
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Beautiful work Nola!!! WTG!!!

Connie

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Posted 2008-03-16 9:12 PM (#6543 - in reply to #352)
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This is the first time I have read this thread. Nola I love that block. Dresden Plate is one of my all time favorites and this one is even better than the normal one. I have a heap of Aunt Grace fabrics that would look great in this pattern. I have just tried to google and find it but didn't come up with anything. Is the pattern easy to find?

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Posted 2008-03-17 12:23 AM (#6565 - in reply to #352)
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Nola, everyone is right!!!! The block is beautiful!!! I may just have to give it a try after March 20th!!! Wendy OH, it gets my vote too!!!
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Posted 2008-03-17 6:55 AM (#6572 - in reply to #6565)
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Midge & Wendy, and anyone else interested in the pattern I used for this block, it's called "Mother's Favorite", and no, I've never seen it on-line - not even in a book.  I got it from a quilt block CD I bought on eBay several years ago.  The name of the CD is "Grandmother's Quilts" - "Grandmother" is Grandma Dexter and apparently some of the newpapers back in the 1920'2/1930's ran her patterns on a weekly basis.  The Kansas City Star was one of those newspapers.  Someone copied many of the patterns and put them on CD's.  The CD itself is copywrited, but the pattern is a "public domain" pattern, so I'd have no qualms about sending anyone a copy of it who wants it.  It's rather easy, actually - just 3 pieces that you applique onto a 12" (finished sized) block.  I made my block about an inch larger as you get a bit of "draw-in" when you applique.  Then I trimmed it down to size when I had it done.

Email me at blueheron46733@yahoo.com if you're interested in the pattern and I'll send you a print-out of the pieces and a picture of the finished block.

Nola

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Posted 2008-03-27 3:16 PM (#7180 - in reply to #6572)
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Nola that is one beeautiful piece of work. Thank you so much for sharing it with us, I love it.

Jacqui

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Posted 2008-04-24 6:29 PM (#8440 - in reply to #7180)
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Hey Nola - I just wanted to tell you that I got my needle turn back out last night, so thanks for the inspiration!
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Posted 2008-04-25 7:12 AM (#8472 - in reply to #8440)
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Glad to hear that, Jess!  I've been doing a bit of needle-turn applique too, but not the kind I like to do.  I have this antique baby quilt that needs repair.  It was made by the great-great grandmother of the baby who will end up with it.  The great-grandmother wanted it repaired, and what a job it is!  I have to applique all the replacement blocks in by hand.  Hopefully, by this time next week I'll have it done and out of my hair!

I'm finally beginning to see some light at the end of the tunnel as far as my heap of sewing work goes.  And I'm happy to say, my back seems to be on the mend.  It isn't totally healed yet, but once my neighbor told me about taking Aleeve for the pain, it started to improve.  Once the pain let up I could relax and that helped the disks to go back into place on their own. 

Still working on the painting projects - have the downstairs bedroom almost ready to paint.  Once it's painted the new carpet will go in, then I can give it the finishing touches and I'll feel like I've accomplished one thing on my long list!  I love the new bay window - thinking of making a topper for the window using a quilt block pattern - maybe some sort of star block.  Don't want to cover the bay with a full curtain but have to have some privacy since that room will be a bedroom - so I'm going to use a mini-blind but keep it pulled up behind the topper during the day, and just close it at night (until the lights are out!!!! )

Nola

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Posted 2008-04-25 12:13 PM (#8493 - in reply to #8472)
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Goodness, I can understand why they wanted that quilt repaired. If you have some pics and feel up to sharing, will you post them in the Quilt repair thread? I think when I get a bit more practiced at hand applique, I am going to try and repair that quilt that was my maternal Grandma's. My applique is so rough, but I keep looking at it and thinking "I can't wait to look back on this and laugh!" So that is my goal.

I am glad you are feeling better - Aleeve is great! I like orudus (sp?) too, it is in the same family of meds I think and is very effective. At least you feel like you are getting caught up - the same is going on here. My hubby came through a couple of days ago (I have been sewing up a storm to get caught up) and said that he was really glad I had found my way back to the machine, and away from the computer.

Your bay window sounds gorgeous! The block bit for it sounds perfect. I can't wait to see it in person someday!! One of the houses we looked at to buy this summer has a bay window... wait for it... in what would be my sewing room!

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Posted 2008-09-12 9:33 PM (#13804 - in reply to #8493)
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Hey ladies - remember this needle-turn applique block I made in the Spring for a local challenge?  The show was at the end of July and the challenge blocks were voted on by the public for People's Choice.  I just found out tonight when I read it in the paper that I won 2nd place for my block.  No prizes or anything - just the recognition of winning.  I knew that block was a winner when I found it, and it was fun to make.  I think it won mainly because it was unusual - something different from most.

Nola

 

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Posted 2008-09-12 10:36 PM (#13806 - in reply to #352)
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Congratulations, Nola!! Way to go!!!

you should have won first, but that's just MY opinion!! What are you going to do with it now? make some companion blocks and a top? What???
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Posted 2008-09-13 7:56 AM (#13814 - in reply to #13806)
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Thanks, Gerda!  I would love to have won first, but second is OK - first time I ever even placed in one of these things.  We didn't get our blocks back after the quilt show.  The blocks will all be made into a quilt that will be one of the raffle quilts for next year - kind of a neat thing to do, I think! 

I'm already working on next year's challege.  It's a 6-inch basket block quilt - have to use their pattern, set on point, and each person's quilt has to have at least 8 blocks in it, all baskets must be made with different fabric.  We can embellish the baskets anyway we wish - embroidered flowers, yo-yo flowers, appliqued flowes - whatever we want to do.  Right now I'm trying to find enough fabric in different colors that looks like a woven basket - I have a couple pieces, but it's really hard to find.  Think I'll probably do applique flowers, and maybe fabric bows on my baskets.

Nola

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Posted 2008-09-13 8:29 AM (#13816 - in reply to #352)
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Nola, congratulations! And that is really neat that the blocks will be made into a raffle quilt. I love doing needleturn...someday I'll get brave & enter something in a show! LOL
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nawma
Posted 2008-09-13 10:54 AM (#13821 - in reply to #13816)
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WTG!!!! NOLA!!! Congratulations!!! Your block is gorgeous!!! Your work is exquisite!!!!

Connie

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Posted 2008-09-13 2:52 PM (#13833 - in reply to #352)
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Nola, let me check my stash - I'm sure I have a piece you can have. I'll take a pic and e-mail it to you.
Later!

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Posted 2008-09-13 2:57 PM (#13835 - in reply to #352)
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I found TWO!! Photo coming up shortly!! :)
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Posted 2008-09-13 3:04 PM (#13836 - in reply to #352)
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Nola, YOU'VE GOT MAIL!!!

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Posted 2008-09-13 4:06 PM (#13841 - in reply to #352)
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Sorry, Nola, my computer's not letting me send (and my resident guru isn't home yet!) I'll try again later
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Posted 2008-09-13 5:59 PM (#13843 - in reply to #352)
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Nola, I've PM'd you!!! Maybe that will get through - ya think?!?!?

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Jess
Posted 2008-09-13 10:08 PM (#13848 - in reply to #13843)
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Oh Nola!! I knew it was a winner, way to go!!

By the way, let me know if you have trouble getting Gerda's PM's and I will troubleshoot for you.

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Posted 2008-09-14 12:01 AM (#13849 - in reply to #13848)
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Got Gerda's PM, but the picture didn't come through.  I PM'd you back.  Will figure out how much fabric I need for the 6 inch basket block tomorrow and let you know.  Thanks so much for the offer of fabric.  I'm think of making the quilt version that uses 8 blocks set on point - but if I like making the block and they turn out nice, I may make the bigger version.  Either one is acceptable for the challenge. 

Nola



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Posted 2008-09-14 10:27 AM (#13858 - in reply to #13804)
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whoohoooooo nola!!  congrats - it is a very pretty block!!  i agree with gerda, you shoulda won first, but then i am biased about all things quilty made by Q&N members

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