Applique and Other Things

LeMoyne Stars – Star Garden, Williamsburg Beauty

My work table is just not big enough for more than one project at a time LOL – right now I have two projects on it.  Over flows to the floor and the sewing table.


These are the wash away sheets I mentioned for those that wanted to know.  I think you can get them at Hobby Lobby and other places I’m sure, Amazon has them and maybe your quilt shop if you have one?  I usually do needle turn applique but with this method the seam allowance is pressed to the back with glue and is turned under already making the applique go faster with the edges already turned under.


To get ready for my applique placement now that I am using the sew ezi table I take the sewing machine out and put the acrylic sheet in it.  This acrylic sheet is actually for the smaller table that I have in the closet, I haven’t ordered one that fits this larger table – it would be about 6 inches longer than this one is and give me more room, something to think about but it isn’t needed at this time.  I lay my light under it.  With the sew ezi table you can order an acrylic sheet that fits in, and a plain white “wood” piece that is the same as the table that makes it a desk – this way you have a table that can be used 3 different ways.  Now that I have the bigger table my old pieces for my small table fit it but the bigger table has the pieces longer to make more use of the space – the only problem is the cost of course! I think they charge more than they should for the pieces so I will make due with the smaller ones for now.


I put my paper pattern square on top and tape it down.


I have marked my center although you might not see it. I do not like how this pattern was printed out dark instead of on white – I don’t know why it was done like this – it was expensive and should have been done the best way it could be.  I have heard others complain of this as well with the Caswell Quilt pattern.


I have found the center of my fabric and tape it over the template.  (one could always trace this onto a white sheet of paper if you find it too hard to see – with the light behind it it is working for me)


Using Roxanne glue I put glue dots on the back of my templates and place them on the fabric square.


I think some of the pieces of this pattern come a little close to the edges for me and I have taken the liberty of moving them here and there and also of leaving off a leaf or other pattern piece if I feel it works better.  Although for the upper flower I was supposed to have 6 petals and only cut 5 without realizing it – I didn’t want to prepare another so just rearranged the pieces a little and it works. I am linking to A Quilting Reader’s Garden today and Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Crazy Mom Quilts.


Done!  it really didn’t take all that long to work this with the pieces all prepared in advance.


a link to my light that I got to use with applique and when traveling.  Very inexpensive, less than $10.00  It plugs into the computer or you can use it with batteries.  When you plug it in though the light is a little brighter.  It folds up or lays flat which makes it very good to use for a light table.


Half way done with the final border on Star Garden – I am hoping to be done with it in a couple days and then get the Floral Fantasy on the frame sometime this weekend.


It has been thought by some that the fabric I am using for my square in a square for Winter Wonderland are mostly solids.  That is not so.  The fabric line is called “Crazy for Reds” and it is by Minick and Simpson.  Here is a photo from the Fat Quarter Shop that shows it.  And the link is here if you want to see individual fabrics closer.


Craftsy is having another sale on supplies!!  up to 70% off for 3 days – Friday, Saturday and Sunday!!  The sales seem to be more frequent lately and if you miss this one there is bound to be another soon.  The sale is for more than quilting, all supplies yarn, cake decorating, all of the crafts that they have classes for they have supplies for as well.


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13 comments… add one
  • Deb Aug 21, 2015

    Interesting to see the sheets and method and your ‘fine mess’ 🙂

  • Wanda Aug 21, 2015

    Your small table could be dedicated to the light box use and then you wouldn’t have to be removing a machine to use the light box. I agree they should have had more contrast to see the designs easier.
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  • Karen Aug 21, 2015

    the small table would be a great use for a light box but I have no place in the sewing room to keep it out – just no extra room in here

  • Kathy Aug 21, 2015

    I love this way of applique! I have tried needle turn and just can’t get the hang of it. I can applique adequately if the seam allowances are already turned under, as in the freezer paper only method (press the seam allowances onto the waxy side of freezer paper). But with that method, I have to cut away the back to remove the freezer paper. I don’t mind that, but this method saves that step. Now to figure out how to make a light box. 😉
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  • Lorna McMahon Aug 21, 2015

    Thanks so much for sharing all the details on your applique methods, Karen. Good to know!
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  • Kathi Aug 21, 2015

    So happy you are showing more about how you are doing this applique… how thick is that to stitch through? And will you rinse out this stabilizer before hand quilting the flimsy on down the road? I love your light… thanks for the link.. I have a glass top table I can put a lamp under to use as a light box and enjoy it when I need something more 🙂
    So have you got the binding made up yet for Star Garden?? I can’t recall now! lol
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  • Sandi Aug 21, 2015

    Those lights are great but don’t try to charge them with anything other than a USB port and you’ll do what I did and “fry” it. Had to buy another – lesson learned!

  • Carla Aug 21, 2015

    I have never had any luck preturning and I have tried several times. I struggle with nice smooth curves. Is the stabilzer a pretty thin sheet? I have always used freezer paper and haven’t had much luck with it.
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  • Colleen Aug 21, 2015

    We have place that sells and cuts that plexiglass or acrylic plastic (I don’t know the correct name it has different thicknesses and frosted or clear also different colors or tints) if you have that store or similar you could take measurements or/and your smaller inset and buy one for your larger table
    Tap Plastics
    I’ve been very happy with our somewhat local store ( down the hiway over a bridge down hiway )
    They have left over pieces that I have bought and used to have my grandchildren trace with like a portable light box they just had very easy tracing shapes and young eyes and flexible bodies so no need for a light or a stand to hold the plastic.
    Dry Northern California hoping for no fires in out area and winter rains to start in October

  • Judy Zoll Aug 21, 2015

    You have a handy husband–have him get plexiglass the same thickness at Home Depot or Lowes and cut it for you. He can use the one you have for the pattern and expand it as needed. Just be sure he tapes his cutting line

  • Angie in SoCal Aug 22, 2015

    What a pretty block and a great progress report. It’s good to see the table being used in a multiple ways. And I like that you made the pattern your own with the adjustments for that lovely applique block. Thanks for linking to WIPs Be Gone!
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  • Susan Aug 22, 2015

    That beautiful block almost makes me reach for an applique pattern!
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  • JoEllen Aug 25, 2015

    I have tried also to turn under the edges with glue…and I can’t seem to be accurate at all…the paper edges seem to roll up and the edges aren’t crisp…any suggestions?

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