Thursday, February 21, 2013


It’s snowing…AGAIN!  Oh, well, that gives me an excuse to roll out of bed, go to my sewing room in my robe and slippers and have fun creating all day long.  I’m not sure how creative I’ve been, but I have been practicing my needleturn appliqué.  As a rule I prefer to do freezer paper appliqué; however, today I thought I’d attach these letters to my cow quilt by doing something different.  The letters started out like this. 
Above, you can see how some of the first letters look.  I’m not crazy about this and think I need lots and lots of practice. 
I like the crisp edges I got when I made this bird using the freezer paper method.  So far I haven’t been able to accomplish that with needleturn.  Barb David once told me that when she does needleturn applique she could get the crisp edges with no problem, so I’m going to keep trying Barb. Does anyone have any words of wisdom for me as how to improve on my needleturn?

On Another NoteDuring Quiet Time has a tutorial for a half-hexagon bag.

Until next time,

Stay Calm! Stay Kind! Stay Positive!


Mrs. Sew and Sew - Karen said...

Hi there! My needle turn is not as crisp as my freezer paper appliqué. I tend to use what looks best to me which is the freezer paper. Maybe I just need more practice too. But can I ask you a question ..... What difference does it make if it looks good? Sorry just curious! As long as I enjoy the process it is all good to!

Barb said...

Blanket stitch mostly, don't have the patience for needle turn but do love the look of it and have done it.

AnnieQuilts said...

I've known Barb for years, and it took a while to accept that my stitching will never be as good as hers. My applique will never be as good as yours. (I finally switched to fusible with a machine blanket stitch, and now I enjoy it a lot more.)

I think we all need people who do things better. It inspires us to keep striving to improve. I heard on a TV comedy show that someone else's success is not our failure. It helps me keep things in perspective.

It's OK if you don't publish this. I never meant it to sound so "preachy".

Kat said...

I've always wanted to try (but haven't) needle-turn applique. I usually use Heat 'n Bond (lite) to hold down the shapes and then satin stitch around them with my machine. I used a machine zig-zag stitch (instead of satin stitch) on my last quilt and it looks fine, but I always worry about exposed edges after several washings.

ellen gets crafty said...

I'm looking forward to seeing your finished cow quilt. I only use fusing for my letters, but I really admire the quilters who can needle turn.

Lynn said...

I tried needle-turn years ago. I didn't like it enough to practice enough to get good at it. Have you tried the back-basting method? I haven't but have heard that some people find it easier than needle-turn. Personally, I just fuse.

Stitches said...

I used the freezer paper method for several years and then I tried the back basting method and I love it!! Really, you should try it and see what you think. Do a search for the method, there are some very good tutorials out there. Best of luck!,

Denice Barker said...

I do needle turn. that's how I learned and so am comfortable with it. My friend does the back basting which I can't figure out at all. We also took a class using the heat resistant template with dabbing starch on the edges and ironing the edged down before sewing. That gives a practically ironed on look to the applique but to me it seemed to add SO many steps! I find needle turn comforting.

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Mama Pea said...

I am in total agreement with you. I love the crisp edges of the freezer paper, too!

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