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Viewing entries posted in July 2012
Here are some simple things to do and use to help you with your quilting.
What is a QST? QST stands for quarter square triangles, which was something I happened to be cutting today.
Today I was pinning up a quilt ready for quilting. My finger met with the wrong end of the pin - ouch!
Yesterday I showed you the basics of fusible web. Today I want to show you how to make up a flower with separate petals. This allows you to make each petal in a different fabric - you get to use the smallest of pieces.
Do you have your supplies ready to do fusible web applique? I hope so! If not, check yesterday's post. Let's get started by turning on the iron.
If you have been following along for the past 4 days, you will have learned a number of things about needle turn applique - what you need and cutting out the shapes, aligning the shapes in place and carefully stitching them down, and then how to make a quilter's knot and end off your thread. Today we will look at how to make a circle easily.
Hand Applique Continued: We all need to know how to knot a thread so it won't pull through the fabric. For this I use what is known as the quilter's knot. It's the easiest knot I know of and it works perfectly everytime I make it. I think I show it best in a video, but first let me briefly say in words what I do.
Needle Turn Applique Continued It's time to stitch the first section of applique in place. Do you have your needle and thread ready? Tip: do not start with a very long thread, this will only tangle and knot. Keep your thread short to work with, only enough to stitch one or two petals at a time.
Many of our patterns at Arbee Designs include applique designs. Mostly we use fusible web applique but for many, you can do the applique by hand. It's very relaxing and rewarding to do hand applique and you can take your project to do almost anywhere.
Yesterday I talked about half square triangles and how to make them. Today we are going to join them. Easy enough - just the regular 1/4" seam. The trick is though, to sew with the half square triangle on top.