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September 08, 2014


Kathy ... aka Nana

Your secret is safe with me. ha! I have to admit that with the freezer paper needle turn applique (which is the only kind of needle turn applique that I seem to be able to do successfully), I'm nervous about cutting open the back to remove the freezer paper ... I'm worried that I'll snip something I don't want to and/or trim too much so that things all fall apart.


Both of your projects are very beautiful. And remember, you are the only person who has to be pleased with them. And besides that, quilters are always looking for different ways to do things. You were just being very creative.

Sandy M

They look great, regardless if you used her method or not. I just love those little quilts!
I find that the prep process is so exhausting when all you want is to get started! But if that is the look you are going for, it does reduce your final overall time on the project significantly and it does look fantabulous when it's done!
One thing I didn't emulate when it came to Kim's method is using my fingers to turn the edges over. I used my stiletto and I got the same results without burning my fingers.

Diane Linford

Ha! Quilting is for the quilter is what I always say.

Lin McQ

Your projects turned out lovely. I use a freezer paper method for appliqué, and love it. I do it slightly different though. I "paint" spray starch around the fabric allowance, then use a small travel iron to turn the edges over. I also use an orange stick (for manicures) to help turn the fabric. Thiis keeps my fingers out of the way of the iron. Once the fabric/template cooles, I just pop the freezer paper out. I can reuse it several times, and I don't have to cut out the back of my quilt to get it out.

Tracey Holzer

You have to do what works for you and if you're ok with it, that's all that matters! Good job! I've never done hand turned or the freezer paper method that you talked about. I don't love machine appliqué, so I can't imagine that I'd like this any better!! Can you tell me what the invisible machine appliqué stitch is? Would most sewing machines have it? You've intrigued me.

Susan B

Beautiful projects!! One day I want to take a class with Kim Diehl as well

Donna M.

Shabby fabrics has an excellent video series on hand applique with starch and a stiletto.
It sounds like the technique described by Lin above. Excellent results, no removing of freezer paper after the appliqueing as it is removed prior to stitching.

Barbara Anne

Standing ovation on these two stellar projects!! Love them both, their sizes, the fabrics, and your determination to finish!

I wondered about using those bias pressing bars for the stems, There's no turning of the small stem "tubes", you sew with the fabric right side out, then trim the seam allowance and press it to the back side of the "tube". You have prefect edges to applique down either by hand or by machine.

These two little quilts will be a joy to see and use forever!


Mary Kastner

Both are so cute! I understand finding YOUR way to appliqué. I love to needle turn but I really don't like the back basting method. To each their own!



I too use the starch and freezer paper template method. I love Kim's projects, but for me I didn't like pulling out the freezer paper! Learning her method was very enlightening! She is a wonderful teacher. I am lucky enough to live about 30 miles from her and have taken several of her classes. Your two little quilts are beautiful!

Sue Babich

Love your Quilts !
Idaho Lily has been on my to do list for sometime !

I also really like to invisible appliqué on my machine . My hands just can not handle doing it by hand


We started our What Not's on Sat and I demo'ed for the morning. My LQS is doing the kits and a class for $25/month and the turnout was fabulous. I'm going to make the Lily next, but will use my fast FG method and the Easy Angler ruler for those 1/2 squares. When we get to applique, I will demo basting the edges down to the FP and hand stitching. These are pretty tiny pieces to teach Kim's method, especially for newbies. Love yours, going to start mine today!

ps. do I need to send you picks of my curved project or are you just going to link back to my blog post?


Both look really great and hey, quilting should be fun and done the way we enjoy....go for it!


Haha...I won't say a word! I'm a fusing, machine stitching kind of gal. I'm working on a Baltimore quilt that will take me years to finish even using the easy method.


Your projects turned out pretty! Way to go!!
This year I used Shabby Fabrics U tube directions to give appliqué a whirl. Was able to put together Bunny Hill's pattern of Henrietta Whiskers. As a beginner I was slow but enjoyed the outcome.


I actually really enjoy hand needle turn appliqué. But sometimes I just want to be done so I use fusible web and machine appliqué - just like you did. Your project turned out great!


Both projects look great. I wish I took Kim's class at Buggy Barn this year because they are closing.

Debbie R.

How you did it isn't important. What matters is that you did it, that you enjoyed it, that you finished it, that it looks great and that you feel good about it. A whole lot of positives, and a good-looking finish!

Jeanne Meddaugh

Both projects are beautiful!

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