Saturday, January 12, 2008

Applique Tip


I haven't made anything new this week, so I delved into the depths of my photo albums and came up with this beauty for you - it's even about quilting, and even better, about applique!

Needleturn is my applique method of choice, and I love my Roxanne's Glue Baste-It and their needles are all I use - no affiliation - they don't even know I exist!

Anyway...I like to place my applique pieces pretty freely...I don't use a plastic overlay, and am more concerned with freedom of placement than perfection. Having said that, there are still times when I want things to sit 'just so' and these pictures are an idea I came up with to aid in placement.

Basically, instead of putting your glue dots on your pieces of applique (in this case, a bias-cut stem) you use your glue like a pencil and 'draw' where you want your
applique to go. You can see that I used a simple template to help me do this, and the end result - nice even loops :)
I had taken these photos for my friend, Anna (c'mon Anna, update your blog already hehe!) as I couldn't explain the way I was doing it with just words, and it's true - a picture is worth a thousand words! I'm so glad I documented this, as now I can share it with you lovely people :)

5 comments:

betweens said...

I too use the Roxannes glue perfect for applique on the go.. I used the needles for a while and then when back to using betweens (12)..

The pic of you and your daughter is just to adorable.. luv it

Marie said...

That's way cool stuff. I wonder where I'd find that over here? Hmm..can you use ordinary tacky glue?
Marie
http://journals.aol.co.uk/mariealicejoan/MariesMuses/

Joanna said...

Marie, if you can't find it in the UK I'm positive you could order it from here - most quilt places stock it. Just do a search online and you'll have a ton of places to choose from!

And I have been told that it IS just ordinary tacky glue! Don't quote me on it, it's just what I was told, but I have used regular tacky glue and it worked just the same. But I still buy the Roxanne's because I love having the syringe to dispense it from. That's what I'm paying for:)

Alisha said...

Lovely work! You might convince me I need to take up quilting yet ...

Joanna said...

Alisha, that would be wonderful! What else can I show you to convert you....hmmmm...?!!