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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!

Dorain
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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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Nola
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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misisipimenace
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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in2patches
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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Jess
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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Dorian
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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