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It is such a beautiful day outside – I have been in and out of the house admiring the sun!  It is so pretty outside.  But even though it is pretty outside I have gotten all of my flowers cut out and glue basted in place.  Now it is ready to start needle turn applique in between quilting on other quilts.

I won a give away on Jackie’s blog Canton Village Quiltworks.Quilts from the Salvage Edge” by Karen Griska.  I have never made one of these quilts it will be interesting to see how it is made.

I thought I would share how I do my flowers for those that have asked.

First I pick out the general area that I want the flower to go - I am not following a strict pattern and none of these are exact in placement - I just look and kind of eyeball it.

Now that I know the general area I want the flower, I move the pieces out of my way and start with the first piece - I use Roxanne Glue Baste It (available at most on line quilt shops) using the needle nose applicator I put generally about 3 or 4 dots on these small pieces and press in place. I leave the freezer paper on the pieces until it has sat a couple minutes letting the glue dry. ( Around each piece depending on the color of the fabric I use either the Mark Be Gone pen (blue wash out) or white chalk. I draw around each piece of freezer paper before I cut the pieces out. This will be my stitch line. You do not have to do this step if you don't want to - it is just how I do it, I generally have about an 1/8th of an inch for turn under purposes although I do not measure so they are not all the same, I've done it for so long though that they are probably pretty close). I cut all my shapes out with scissors not a rotary cutter - someone asked that in an e mail. I suppose you could use a rotary cutter but I like using scissors for this step.

After the glue has dried for several minutes I lift off the freezer paper with the help of a siletto. You could just do it with your fingernails if you want but I find this little tool helpful and kind of just slide it under and lift off.

Then I glue the center of the flower in place just because I feel like it 🙂 the center will be lifted off as I do the applique to get all the ends under right and then placed back on - I just think they look cute with the centers on so put them on the for the photos! For the applique I will start with the smallest piece on the top part of the flower the small rounded shape, then I will do the two light color petals then the larger ones. This will have everything tucked under where it needs to go. Not all the flowers are identical. Like I say I do not use a placement sheet. I try to have them all close to the same but I do not care if the petals are not in the exact same placement.

The overall look. I'm not sure what kind of border I will do - it might be just a three inch border or so or maybe nothing. If I do put a border it will be thin and I think wavy edge. I am still thinking of embroidering little tendrils out of each petal in a green color of some sort - I will try it around one flower and see how I like it and decide from there and show you what I decide later. Also with the border I will wait until I am done with the applique and decide then what I want.

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10 comments… add one
  • nanette Mar 23, 2010

    This is Lori Holt’s method for prepping applique too. I have several methods but I’ve been using this one a lot lately. Nice to see you show it like this because I have people ask me what method I do and I can show them your page! thanks
    .-= nanette´s last blog ..Peeks =-.

  • Karen L Mar 23, 2010

    Karen, Another great tutorial! You always make everything so clear with great photo shots to go along with the text. I have a bottle of this glue from a few years ago. Hope it still works as I am going to try it on the next applique that I do. And, by the way, this quilt just keeps getting prettier and prettier!!!

  • Crispy Mar 24, 2010

    Great tutorial Karen, I love seeing how others approach quilting :0)


  • Gina E Mar 24, 2010

    So nice of you to share how you do it. I’ve never layered everything and glue basted ahead of time. I always just do one piece at a time. I’m going to try out method out. Thanks for sharing it.
    .-= Gina E´s last blog ..Today’s Projects =-.

  • ranette Mar 24, 2010

    Pretty quilt Karen.
    .-= ranette´s last blog ..Great giveaway for you to check out….. =-.

  • Teri Dingler Mar 24, 2010

    It is so cute with the flowers on it – what a wonderful embellishment – and a great idea! I’m lovin’ it!! Teri

  • Patchmaker Mar 24, 2010

    Thanks for the great tutorial Karen! I keep promising myself I’m going to try some applique . . .

    .-= Patchmaker´s last blog ..Breaking in a New Dentist! =-.

  • Joanne Mar 24, 2010

    This is a great lesson. I have been away from my loved quilting world for about 5 yrs … so many new things, ideas and oohh the simply gorgeous new fabrics!!! I love the style and technique of your flowers. Thanks, Joanne
    .-= Joanne´s last blog ..Quilts ! =-.

  • nanci Mar 25, 2010

    Oh Karen what a great tutorial. So clear and precise as you usually are.
    The quilt if very girly and I do love pinks.
    I haven’t been around for a bit as the spring weather we are also experiencing makes we canadians want to be outdoors. It’s almost spring here!
    .-= nanci´s last blog ..USING UP STASH…NO ORANGE…HARDLY. =-.

  • patti Oct 28, 2010

    I’m really new to applique, trying to teach myself. I do have one question. If you do machine quilting or have it quilted, would it pull your applique stitches?


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