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sew'nsew
Posted 2010-07-23 2:21 PM (#47576)
Subject: applique ?


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So I always say I don't do applique.  So now i am trying a pattern that makes bias stems.  It says to fold in half right sides together, stitch and then turn.  Is there any reason that I can't stitch wrong sides together and not turn, press the seam in the middle of the back of the stem?
TIA

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misisipimenace
Posted 2010-07-23 2:33 PM (#47579 - in reply to #47576)
Subject: RE: applique ?



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rhonda, why don't you take a couple small scrap pieces of your background and the stem fabric and do just that and see how it turns out   i'm like you, can't think of any reason why you couldn't but then i am certainly not an applique expert by any means . . .

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debbieann
Posted 2010-07-23 3:10 PM (#47581 - in reply to #47576)
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Ok ay I'm not an expert by do some. I like the stems lol.

I fold like they say wrong sides together - press - stitch 1/4"(sometimes a little less). Now I'm good to go. I will stitch along the stem line, then fold back, easing the curves gently - Now I aplique down the unstitched side. I hope that makes sense. In reality you are just doing one side by hand. Yep I sometimes sew the line on the machine then I only have to blind stitch the one side. Mind you this works the best on bias strips.

Hope this helps.

Hugs and stitches

Debbieann
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Gerda
Posted 2010-07-23 3:35 PM (#47583 - in reply to #47576)
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Rhonda, good for you!
Now, your instructions say to sew right sides together, then turn. I only ever do that if the tube will be wide enough. I sew WRONG sides together with a 1/4" seam, then trim down a bit, open up the seam and press. Because you've trimmed, the edges won't show. You can also skip that part, draw your stitching line, pin along that line, machine sew along your scant 1/4" seam line, again trim a wee bit, then press over, and do as Debbie does, hand (or machine sew it down (I would use a narrow blanket or blind hem stitch - works just fine) - I hand sew mine in place.

http://www.allaboutapplique.net/category/stems-or-vines-for-appliqu...
http://bdieges.com/text/bdaplq.html
Here's some excellent tutorials!~! http://erinrussek.typepad.com/one-piece-at-a-time/applique-lessons/

I hope this helps! Off to bake a birthday cake - my baby girl is 35 today!!! (where'd the time go?????)

Gerda
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sew'nsew
Posted 2010-07-23 7:08 PM (#47587 - in reply to #47576)
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Thank you so much!! Debbieann, that sounds like a slick way to attach. I might try that later. For this time I'll be lucky to decide where to lay it down so I think I'll stitch it by hand.
Wish me luck!!
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sew__n__so
Posted 2010-07-23 11:21 PM (#47593 - in reply to #47576)
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at Moda U a few months ago they were talking about bias strips for applique, and the "teacher" show us how she does this.
Wrong sides together, sew a 1/4" seam, then using celtic bars, press the bias strip, with the seam in the middle. That way, when you stitch the bias strip down, you are not stitching through the bulking seam allowances.

I haven't tried this method yet myself, but I will be-- if I ever get my last block lottery block back!!

Midge W
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misisipimenace
Posted 2010-07-24 8:16 AM (#47598 - in reply to #47593)
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"celtic bars", midge??

what you described is exactly what i imagined when rhonda asked the question!  looking forward to hearing about your first time using the technique . . .

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Gerda
Posted 2010-07-24 11:32 AM (#47609 - in reply to #47576)
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They come in metal and vinyl - I have the vinyl, have never used them http://www.beaconfabric.com/vindex.html?cat261.htm
http://www.dritz.com/brands/showcase/details.php?ITEM_NUM=C165
I think the metal bars may be thinner, but they get very hot, which is why most now use the vinyl ones. http://stores.quiltcrafts.com/-strse-BIAS-MAKERS-cln-Bias-Bars/Cate...

Gerda
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sew__n__so
Posted 2010-07-24 11:53 AM (#47612 - in reply to #47576)
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I have never used them either, but a friend of mine used this technique and it wa beautiful. But then again, ALL of Jinny's quilts are.
The metal one do get real hot, and I have never seen the vinyl ones-- wil have to check those out! thanks for the heads-up Gerta. I just can't believe the wealth of knowledge you ladies bring to this forum.

Midge W
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sew'nsew
Posted 2010-07-24 4:34 PM (#47619 - in reply to #47576)
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OK, so ironing the seam open wouldn't work so mine is to oneside. Then because it is bias I had a hard time making a nice smooth 'even' stem. Not having the bars, metal or vinyl, I looked around for a substitute. You know the 6" metal ruler used for marking hems? Mine is from high school many many years ago. Anyway I took out the thing-a-majig that slides up and down the ruler and pushed it through the tube. Worked pretty much perfectly after some trial and error. So my stems are made and one is glued down with steam-a-seam, a roll I got in a prize gift probably 10 years ago and have used less than a foot of. So now on to the stitching, should the thread match the background or the stem? Stem is green and background is beige.
I'll look around for he answer, but thought I'd throw it out there for you experts to answer IF you're not out enjoying the weather or family or such.
TIA
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Gerda
Posted 2010-07-24 5:11 PM (#47620 - in reply to #47576)
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In applique, the thread should always match the top fabric (and a shade darker is better than a shade lighter) - many people use a light-medium grey, or tan, but I try to match the fabric, that is recommended. Others use silk thread - a spool up here costs around $10, but it goes a looooonnnggg way, and the thread disappears into the fabric. take just a couple of threads of the fabric on your needle, and try not to let the threads show much, also keep stitches about 1/8" apart - I hide my knot inside the seam allowance if possible, come out on the side of the applique piece, take a stitch directly below that and come up 1/8" away on the top piece. I think the AppleBlossom site shows that. Have fun!! I LOVE applique!!

Gerda
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fabriholic
Posted 2010-07-25 2:34 PM (#47645 - in reply to #47620)
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When I did my stems (I haven't sent pic yet) I did fold in 1/2 stitched down the raw sides. When you fold the strip to cover the stitched side, you only have one side to sew down. That worked for me better than having to stitch both sides down. Either works, just whichever you chose to do. I have examples of both.

I have to scale down the pics. Try again in a minute.

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Gerda
Posted 2010-07-25 4:56 PM (#47649 - in reply to #47576)
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I guess I'm in a rut LOL I know all these different ways to do stems (and have done them at least once each) but always seem to pin, baste then hand stitch both sides down. I know they aren't identical, but then that's not the look I go for.

As with everything, we have to try different things, and stick with what we are most comfy with - jmho.

Gerda
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Gerda
Posted 2010-07-25 5:16 PM (#47652 - in reply to #47576)
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Cindy (and anyone else wondering about bias bars) scroll down a ways here http://suze-threadmill.blogspot.com/ and you will see one in use.

Gerda

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fabriholic
Posted 2010-07-26 8:58 AM (#47673 - in reply to #47652)
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The 2 quilts I was talking about are in my album. couldn't seem to get them here.
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