Applique Started


I said yesterday to give me 4 or 5 days to get this applique in place – maybe 2 days instead Smile once I get started it moves fast – after all most pieces are ready to go.

This morning I traced out my design on the reverse side of the pattern so it would be ready to flip and see through the fabric – I use a black fine point sharpie for this.  When I get one side of the design glued in place then I am ready to flip it.


I move my quilting light over to the table so it will light the area well and I can see through the fabric for placement.  I do not try to be perfect in this – I don’t mind if all corners are not quite the same.


I don’t know if you can see it – but the lines do show through


I use a stiletto to hold up the stem a little to stick the leaves in place.  The wonderful thing about this glue is that you can tug the piece up later to reposition if you need to.


I needed to make more bias stems – I had cut the fabric but I hadn’t made the stems in advance.  You start by tucking the fabric in the holder – again a stiletto comes in handy for this


Just poke it through and guide it to come out the other side


Then you are ready to start pressing


I did a little video from my camera on how to do this but I can’t figure out how to put it on my blog – I will see if Mike can help me do this later this evening.

One corner now glue basted in place – I might get another corner done later today.  I see one area that I might redo on this – you see how the stems meet the basket? I think instead of tucking the ends under to stitch in place it might be neater to just undo the basket in those areas – tuck the stems in the seam line and re-stitch down.  I will decide when it is time to stitch.


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8 comments… add one
  • It’s going to be stunning…in fact it already is!
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  • Julie Thomas Sep 6, 2012

    just beautiful and so inspiring

  • Odette Sep 6, 2012

    Karen , me encanta lo que estas haciendo y el colorido de las telas que has escogido, se que tendras un trabajo muy bello.

  • Carolyn Sep 6, 2012

    Karen, I’ve never seen needleturn done quite this way and I love it! I’ve done it with freezer paper behind, freezer paper on top, but never in this manner with the pieces glue basted on. Lately I’ve been using back basting, which I do like, but I think I like your method better. I’ll have to try it. Can you recommend a glue for basting? Your quilt is just stunning…and it’s hardly begun!
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  • Donna T Sep 6, 2012

    Beautiful Karen!!!! I sure wish I liked to appliqué! I have taken two classes and have decided it is just not for me! Can’t wait to see this finished!

  • Doreen Sep 6, 2012

    I’m in love…..gorgeous!
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  • Vivian Sep 6, 2012

    I can’t get over how much the combination of fabrics you are using appeal to me. Just beautiful.
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  • Deanna Neumann Sep 7, 2012

    I love, love, love this quilt! Beautiful choices for all your fabric.

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