Morning Glory

Handful of Scraps, Morning Glory

Yesterday morning I sat down at the work table and got busy glue basting pieces to the background rectangle.  Here is what is done and how I am doing it as there had been some questions on what I do with the paper templates – and that is what they are just paper templates made out of freezer paper.

Morning Glory:  I figured out exactly were I wanted pieces then starting with one main piece on each side I glue baste in place.  I mainly figure placement just by looking at the piece, I stand back and look, I use a ruler and measure areas and then I glue – small dots of Roxanne Glue Baste It.  On the long curly pieces I leave my template which is ironed on – on the piece until it is glued down this helps me get in place better.


After I finger press the piece down to get the glue stuck then I carefully take the paper off.  You can now see where I have marked my turn under seam line – sometimes I use a mechanical pencil and sometimes white chalk mechanical pencil – depends on the color of the fabric.


Now that these two pieces are in place I start to build off of them.  I very much go by the photo in the book.  I do not like plastic overlay – I just do not care for them – I never have any intention to enter a show as I do not want the stress of perfection – I just like to create and make my quilts.  I don’t mind if there are little bits that are not perfectly even in a piece.


More added to the piece – these are now glue basted in place also.


All the pieces I had cut are now on the piece and ready for stitching.  I will add the bottom third of the design on the background when all of these pieces are stitched.


A close up of the turn under seam lines.  I do not measure this – I trace around the template and then cut about 1/4 inch or less for the seam.  For needle turn you use an applique needle and the only way I can describe it is that you sweep the fabric ahead of the needle under as you get to it with the long needle.  clip curves as you get to them and the deep points as well.


The design I am doing is Morning Glory by Michele Hill – William Morris in Quilting.  This is just the center panel – more to go – much more!!  Linking to Sew Fresh QuiltsMidWeek Makers Jo’s Country Junction –a new to me blog called Stitched all The Things — and  Mama Spark’s World — and Sarah Did It–and My Quilt Infatuation.


Draped over the quilting frame while the glue dries – it dries quickly – but I was off to the fitness center and thought that would be a good place to let it rest.


Quilting from Monday night on Handful of Scraps


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35 comments… add one
  • Marianne Feb 7, 2018

    I agree about plastic overlay. It feels too much like paint by number to me. I like things to look right but they don’t have to be perfect. And the fun of applique is that you can improvise a little to make it your own.

    • Karen Feb 7, 2018

      I tried that plastic overlay as I was of course told I was “supposed” to use it and found I couldn’t stand it.

  • Teri Dingler Feb 7, 2018

    That is going to be a stunning quilt! And I am not a perfectionist on my quilts also! They are my creation! Thought of all your hexie quilts while reading “Red Pepper Quilts” blog this morning – showings Tokyo International Quilt festival- beautiful quilts and quite a few hexie quilts!

    • Karen Feb 7, 2018

      I will need to drop by Red Pepper and see what she has thanks for mentioning it – the Tokyo show has such fantastic quilts

  • JennyM Feb 7, 2018

    I am closely following your applique steps as I prepare to work on a UFO of long standing. Now that you have several layers glue basted in place, will you work from top down or bottom up? Especially in areas like the bird feet on the branch? Thanks for all the details and close up photos, they really do help.

    • Karen Feb 7, 2018

      I work from the bottom up – sometimes if a piece really gets it the way I will carefully remove it and then add it back later. Most times with this glue if you really need to you can very carefully tug at the piece and it will come loose so you can re-position if needed – so glad to be of help, always willing to answer questions if I can although I can usually show better in pictures than words ( I’m a visual learner)

  • Thimbleanna Feb 7, 2018

    Oh wow Karen — this is going to be beautiful! It’s fun to see your process too!

    • Karen Feb 7, 2018

      thanks for stopping by Anna hadn’t heard from you for awhile. Hope all is well with you. I love applique but trying to make sure I do not get burned out on it this time – some years ago I was doing one applique after another and then barely wanted to touch it

  • Nice to show the process and now you have lots of beautiful stitching ahead of you 🙂
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    • Karen Feb 7, 2018

      yes lots of stitching to do now, got a little done last night but it will take awhile to get these pieces done

  • Rebecca Grace Feb 7, 2018

    I have not found that using a vinyl overlay helps me to get things perfect anyway. I think maybe it works better for a simpler block where you can glue baste all of the applique in place before stitching anything. My experience has been that once I start stitching pieces down, the vinyl overlay doesn’t match up perfectly when I lay it down to place additional pieces and I end up just having to fudge it anyway. I was trying that method after reading about it in the Piece O Cake applique sampler books, but I think I prefer the way I did it for my Jingle blocks, Erin Russek’s BOM. Her tutorials had us lightly trace the whole applique design onto the background, preturn all of the edges using starch and press, and then glue baste the prepared shapes to the background for stitching, a few pieces at a time.
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    • Karen Feb 7, 2018

      Maybe the plastic overlay was something really popular in years past but not so much now. I too with the overlay couldn’t get things to line up exactly right and it was a pain to try to line up under the plastic! I have tried the method you use and I have used it on simple pieces but find it very hard to turn edges under in advance on something like a Morris pattern – all those curves and things I guess. Also I learn applique by needle turn and comfortable with it. So many options that we have!!

  • Ruth Feb 7, 2018

    I’m in awe!
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  • Diann Bottrell Feb 7, 2018

    Thanks for explaining your applique process – I really like the sound of your method, much better than what I was telling you about yesterday. I’ll keep it in mind for when I work on an applique project. Your Morning Glory block is really going to be beautiful!

    • Karen Feb 7, 2018

      thanks Diann – after you had asked the other day about the paper I got an email from another wondering on the process too – this is just how I learned it long ago

  • Dottie bishaw Feb 7, 2018

    Such beautiful pictures to explain your process and so very helful, thank you very much. Morning Glory is looking so pretty already. You really explained it well. I hope mine comes out as good as yours. I was watching a video by Jan Patek and she said if someone gets that close and says it’s not perfect, knock them on the head, lol!

    • Karen Feb 7, 2018

      LOL – yes I hate it when you get done with something and someone exams it so closely and then pops up with “well these two flowers aren’t exactly the same and I thought they were supposed to be” or whatever!

  • Karla (threadbndr) Feb 7, 2018

    Do you find that the glue basting works best on smaller or long skinny pieces like your vines? I tried it on one of my hexi sets for “Aunt Lottie’s Garden” and the background sagged away from the edge.

    I will admit that I used a fabric glue stick, as I don’t have any of the liquid glue. And also used it only around the edge and a dash in the center.

    I love doing needleturn applique. On the “bucket list of quilts” is a Baltimore Album, but the more I see of your William Morris pieces, the more I like them.

    • Karen Feb 7, 2018

      I will use glue stick on hexies but not on my applique – for me it doesn’t stick with all the handling of the fabric that I do and the pieces fall off. But that is me I know a lot of people use the glue stick for all their work. When using the liquid glue for the long stems I put the glue dots in then center of the piece – if the glue happens to be in the way when I start to stick I will gently tug the piece up and then use a short applique pin if needed.

  • I have always been fascinated by applique, but always intimidated by it as well. I’ve not seen how to do needle turn applique either, so I really appreciated you sharing your method for getting the pieces ready and set on the fabric. This is so beautiful, and I am so glad you linked up with To-Do Tuesday so I could see it!

    • Karen Feb 7, 2018

      thanks! glad I found you through another blogger

  • Rebecca Feb 7, 2018

    Your Morning Glory project is coming along beautifully. It is going to be a stunning quilt!

    • Karen Feb 7, 2018

      thanks Rebecca, it is about time I make this one, when I made a different quilt from that same book – the quilt called Floral Fantasy I always planned to make this one too and never got around to it – better late then never!

  • Carla Therrien Feb 7, 2018

    I am amazed that all those glued pieces stay in place. But, then I hear the same thing about the freezer paper I leave in place while I stitch. I do very much agree with you on plastic overlays and fretting over something being a little off. If it’s pleasing to the eye and its within the finished size of the block I am good with it!

    • Karen Feb 7, 2018

      Occasionally I will have a glue baste piece come off but not often. I have no luck with the glue sticks for this kind of applique and only use it for EPP. Sometimes I believe I glue baste too many to start with and this time believe it or not is less than I have done at one time other times! I’m learning it is easier to do less at one time but still put too many on at once – but I can handle it 🙂

  • BillieBee Feb 7, 2018

    Thanks for the tute. Question: When the glue dries can you see or feel the glue underneath?

    • Karen Feb 7, 2018

      occasionally you can see or feel the glue while you are working on the piece and even pull the fabric up if you need to re position it – but in all the years I have used this glue – which is many years I have only had one piece that I did where it left a tiny little circle on the fabric – it was a batik and I think it was a blue color and I could see a small spot – if you didn’t know what it was you probably would think it was part of the fabric. I have done a lot of applique over the years so I don’t think that was too bad.

    • Karen Feb 7, 2018

      I forgot to say I do wash my quilts when they are finished – if they have glue in them I let them soak for about 30 minutes to an hour and then put on the wash cycle – the glue normally all comes out

  • Susan Feb 8, 2018

    Wow! Fantastic hand applique – your work is beautiful! Thank you for sharing on Midweek Makers

    • Karen Feb 8, 2018

      thank you Susan – thanks for the link up

  • soma Feb 8, 2018

    So beautiful! A work of art!

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    • Karen Feb 8, 2018

      thanks! I do enjoy it

  • The blue birds in your applique block add a pop of color that accents your other fabrics so well.
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    • Karen Feb 8, 2018

      they do don’t they and really stand out – I really like this pattern

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