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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.
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.
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.
I mentioned a second pattern being launched this week in an earlier post, well now it's time to take a look and offer some helpful tips in making it. I'm talking about Cynthia Foster's Desert Blooms. The most obvious pieced section in this quilt is half square triangles so I've put together a few tips for making half square triangles.
I'm still working with Joy banner. Yesterday I cross-hatched the background with a metallic thread (check it out here if you missed it). Today I changed the border and added a plainer one with the idea of doing some decorative quilting over it. Somehow I got carried away and added applique instead.