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Monday, August 24, 2015

New Applique Project

It has been a long time since I have worked on
Hand Applique
and I have the "itch" to do some.

In the past I have only done 
Needle Turn Applique,
but this time I am trying something new.

I have read about the
"Starch Method"
on a number of blogs
and decided to try this.
There is a lot of prep work
before the stitching even begins,
but once the prep is finished,
the stitching goes very quickly.
I gathered my supplies...


 Isn't this little travel iron cute?
I have the Clover mini iron, but have not been able
to get it hot enough to do anything.
I ironed two pieces of freezer paper together,
using my teflon pressing sheet.
(The freezer paper was ironed so both shiny sides were facing down,
one of top of the other.) 
Then I traced the necessary pieces onto the freezer paper and cut them out. 

I then ironed these pieces to the backs of the fabric, 
leaving plenty of room to cut my seam allowance
and cut each piece out with a scant 1/4" seam allowance.


These pieces are ready to have the seam allowance pressed to the back.

The starch was brushed onto the seam allowance of each piece
and allowed to dry a bit.
Using the travel iron, I pressed the edges over the
freezer paper, clipping curves and "v's" where necessary.

I am a rookie at this, so it isn't as neat and precise as it could be.

Ready for applique!

I have my sewing machine on my cutting table
and decided to use my acrylic machine table as a 
light box instead of getting my actual light box out.
 (That's my mini travel Ott light under the machine table.)

It worked really well to get the pattern traced onto the backing fabric.

Now that the prep work is finished,
the stitching can begin!

Please visit Patchwork Times to see what others are creating.

Happy Quilting!


Libby in TN said...

The prep work is why I think applique is a 4-letter word. Even audible is too fussy for me.

Libby in TN said...

But I applaud you and look forward to seeing this come together

Podunk Pretties said...

This is going to be so pretty, love your fabrics!

~Kris~ said...

This will be really pretty. I love how you fussy cut the blue flowers. I enjoy hand applique too and really like the starch method. Good luck.

Teresa in Music City said...

Great job Ramona!!! That's my favorite method for hand applique :*)

Churn Dash said...

I've been invited to join a hand sewing group. I don't really like appliqué so I was told my knitting will be just fine!

It looks like you have a good start on your project.


Needled Mom said...

That is going to look fantastic. That is my applique technique of choice.

Rhonda said...

I think you're doing great with the appliqué pieces and what innovation usage for a light box!!!