A Quilty Kind of Girl

January 31, 2012

Something new

Filed under: Other crafty stuff,Quilting — quiltcetera @ 7:56 am

So I caved. I began something new. In preparation for baby’s birth and the quiet hours I will have at the hospital, I did all the prep for a needle turn appliqué project. This is my first try, and so far… Not too bad.


I was a little challenged at the deep inner curve on the other side of the leaf you see there in the picture, but I’m hoping it gets better with practice… Anybody know?? Or have awesome tutorials they’d be willing to share?

To stay with my FINISH theme , I am also bringing my grape colored scarf, a knitting project I began ages ago. Just for a little variety you know? 🙂

Thinking baby won’t be much longer now, and will be sure to post pics once the wee one arrives.

Quilty Hugs,


  1. My evening project is applique. I have found that if you keep the turning allowance smaller than 1/4″ to almost 1/8″ that the curves turn so much better with less bulk to try to fit in under the applique. You will have to clip that inner curve to almost the line and it should turn fine. It just takes some practice and patience. My applique is not perfect, but it definitely has improved the more I keep at it.

    Try this blog for applique tips, etc. http://www.allaboutapplique.net/

    Happy stitching and congratulations on the upcoming birth of your baby. Stay well and relax as much as you can now. 🙂

    Comment by Jen Robertson — January 31, 2012 @ 8:24 am | Reply

  2. Have fun while you wait for your little love bundle’s arrival!

    Comment by B B Russell — January 31, 2012 @ 8:40 am | Reply

  3. Talkto Janey Hobbs. Her work is great. Can put you in touch.

    Comment by Liz curtis — January 31, 2012 @ 9:11 am | Reply

  4. It looks like you are doing a great job! Looking forward to hearing about your new little cutie! Check this out and see if it might be helpful…


    Comment by Leisa — January 31, 2012 @ 9:38 am | Reply

  5. So excited for you and your family on the soon to be arrival of the newest member of your lovely family. Needle turn applique can be very addicting so watch out. Enjoy this quiet time. You have been given a couple of good tutorial spots.

    Comment by Rebecca Tellez — January 31, 2012 @ 10:15 am | Reply

  6. I’ve always used the freezer paper method for applique and have had wonderful results, especially for those tight turns. Hope your next little bundle of joy comes soon! You have a great project to work on while you wait, and also for those quiet moments while the baby is snoozing!

    Comment by Beth P. — January 31, 2012 @ 7:30 pm | Reply

  7. Don’t know how I missed this…didn’t realize a little one was on the way!!! that is awesome…best of luck to you!!

    Comment by Sherri — January 31, 2012 @ 7:39 pm | Reply

  8. Hi Bradie,
    You do not waste your time. I see your looking for an ideal job for pregnancy you have.
    You have to visit the “One piece at a time” (http://erinrussek.typepad.com/). She always is giving tutorials and free pattrons. This is the link Applique Tutorial from her: http://erinrussek.typepad.com/photos/applique_tutorial/index.html
    I hope this is helpful for you.
    Happy Thursday,

    Comment by Yasmin — January 31, 2012 @ 11:56 pm | Reply

  9. The instructions for the class I am taking next weekend are to paint the edge to be turned under with diluted liquid starch (10/1), then dry iron the starched edge along the fold line to prepare it before you stitch down. I have also used Roxanne’s liquid applique fabric glue and that works great also.

    Comment by QuiltSmith, by Joan E. Smith — February 1, 2012 @ 3:40 pm | Reply

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