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May 08, 2015


Sandy M

I had a tough start on this one last night too. Check my Instagram feed (@textilehousequilts) to see the mess while making my templates. I have a suggestion for you.... Make the templates with Mylar plastic. It doesn't melt. You can pick up some at Joann's. When you work in your circle, run a basting stitch on the edge and pull the edges together. It will gather around the template so you can iron the edges down easily for a perfect circle. Good luck!


There is a product called Wash Away Applique Sheets. Cut it out to desired shape, gently iron it on the shaped fabric, and glue stick the edges around the curve. Then use tiny glue dots (not glue stick, but liquid) to secure in place on quilt. When you wash the quilt, it will dissolve, and just the fabric will be left. Hope this helps!


Another way to turn the edge on appliqué pieces is to spray some starch in a bowl and use a small paint brush or q-tip to paint the 1/4 inch (and not get the freezer paper wet. I also use a Clover mini iron and a stiletto so I won't burn my fingers. Good luck with the next ones!

Barbara Anne

My sympathies! I admire your determination and creative thoughts about alternative construction methods and am glad see 3 stellar suggestions from others adept at applique.

Good luck as you push onward!



You have some good suggestions for the appliqué. I've also done the paint brush method, I used a Q-Tip. Have fun with your Crop Circles.


This pattern would be right up my alley because I love, love, love to do hand applique! If we lived closer to each other I would do your applique for you! There are lots of good suggestions here and I think you just have to find your applique "niche" and then you will enjoy your project more. When I do hand applique, I use the freezer paper/starch/brush method. I am currently working on "Sweet and Simple", an applique quilt designed by Norma Whaley, and I found that my most valuable tool when doing this much applique is the heavy duty freezer paper (by C.Jenkins). It doesn't get soggy as fast as regular freezer paper does. I fuse two pieces of the hd freezer paper together and I can use it over and over and over. I know some appliquer's use mylar template plastic but I don't use it because I don't like how it can slip around while ironing the edges. When attaching your piece to your background have you considered using Roxanne's Glue Baste It? That stuff holds really well and you need very few dots to keep your piece in place. Good Luck! I know you'll enjoy making this quilt once you find the applique method that best suits you.


Sounds about how I feel about appliqué! Wool is a lot easier :)
I have seen a method where you sew your circle appliqués to a same size piece of interfacing and then cut a slit in the interfacing and turn the piece right side out. This eliminates that quarter inch business. However, if the circles are small....

Becky in KCMO

You might want to find true Templar - not a knock-off if you want to use heat. Also Karen Buckley's perfect large circles make the spray starch on a paint bush way really easy. I never hand applique. I would put those blocks on a piece of stabilizer (tear away type - even a piece of paper) and use invisible thread in both the top and bobbin and sew those suckers down with the machine. These hands don't hold a needle well at all anymore.


No matter which methode you'll use I think you'll finish your quilt before I'll finish mine Green Tea and Sweet Beans although it's slowly growing. BTW there's a great FQS/Jen Kingwell hand appliqué tutorial on youtube it helped me a lot with hand appliqué.


These will be beautiful.

A heavy disposable foil pan can be cut into great templates for ironing. I use the freezer paper method pretty often too.


What about needle-turn applique? Just mark your 1/4" line on the right side and needle-turn that allowance under.


Got a chuckle out of your headline; that's my thinking with regards to my current project. And OK, you've converted me to starch. I've been buying Niagara Spray Starch from in trigger spray (not aerosol) containers because it is more economical. You have to buy 6 at a time but with this method will go through it quick enough.

Pam O

Have you thought about piecing as a drunkards path type rather than applique? It would require less prep work, I think. Just a thought. Whatever you do will be wonderful.


I've read that wrapping a posterboard template in foil works. Good luck!

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