Applique Leaves

November 11, 2015 7 Comments

While sitting working on turning all the Applique Leaves for Block Two of the Rambling Ways Quilt I wanted to let you in on how to get those points looking great. I am using the wash-away stabilizer glue stick method  I usually save this part for sitting in front of the telly at night quietly turning all the edges. The picture below shows the wash-away stabilizer ironed onto the wrong side of the fabric. It is also a good tip to place it on the bias as this will help the edges turn easier. Then trim the seam allowance, usually 1/8 inch approx. Applique Leaves / Pine Valley Quilts Run the glue stick along the bottom edge of the washaway stabilizer, you will get used to how much glue to use but take it from me it's best to use it sparingly. I use an awl to roll the edge over with my left hand and follow along with my right hand thumb to get a nice smooth edge. Applique Leaves / Pine Valley Quilts Run the glue along the top edge of the washaway stabilizer, and turn the edge over as with the bottom of the leaf. The ends will stick out but not to worry about them yet. Applique Leaves / Pine Valley Quilts Place a little glue on each tip and turn it to the back with the awl to get great points on the tips of your leaves. Applique Leaves / Pine Valley Quilts   Looking forward to sharing this block with you soon   Happy Stitching Sharon


7 Responses

Leeanne
Leeanne

August 03, 2016

Lovely applique!

susanna0841
susanna0841

August 03, 2016

Great tute Sharon.

Susan
Susan

August 03, 2016

I haven’t tried the washaway. I will have to find some! Thanks so much.

Raewyn
Raewyn

August 03, 2016

Great tips…isn’t that washaway stabiliser great?! I love the first block of your quiltalong – been trying to decide whether or not I can fit in a new project….!

Plum Cox
Plum Cox

August 03, 2016

Those little prepared leaves are looking lovely! Thanks for sharing your technique too!

Connie Campbell
Connie Campbell

August 03, 2016

Great tips Sharon and this is the second time recently I have read about the wash away stabilizer, interesting!!

Sue
Sue

August 03, 2016

Great tute Sharon. They look great. Do you use this method now instead on freezer paper and starch?

Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Sharon Keightley Quilts - Quilty Ramblings

Zig-Zag borders
Zig-Zag borders

November 14, 2018 5 Comments

It's been such a long time since I posted, I am going to start today off with a post about the Zig-Zag border I am making for my Roses quilt.

There are many ways to make a Zig-Zag border, I have chosen to use half square triangles. 

Here's how it works.

I cut 2 1/2 inch strips from a dark print and a light print then matched the light and dark print fabrics with right sides facing. I used a half square triangle ruler to cut out the pieces. Taking them to the sewing machine and sewing them together with a 1/4 inch seam. I like this method, it's fast and requires very little trimming. 

Continue Reading

Working on the Roses Quilt again!
Working on the Roses Quilt again!

August 31, 2018

 The Roses quilt is coming along nicely, I have been squeezing in time over the weekend to stitch the applique Roses onto the third border and I can see the quilt starting to take shape. Today I hope to have the third border stitched in place and start prepping the fourth border of Roses. This will complete the center of the quilt. From there I have a vague idea of what will come next, I am hoping it will come clearer to me as I progress. 

Continue Reading

Creating interesting backgrounds for applique
Creating interesting backgrounds for applique

August 07, 2018 1 Comment

This morning I am sewing the border fabrics together for the top and bottom borders of the Roses quilt. I have selected and range of tone on tone prints some light and some with a little bit of colour to give a bit of interest. I love to mix up the fabrics, using a large selection. Something I find helpful when piecing the strips is to pin at least the end of the seam so the fabrics don't shift while you are sewing and end up with one end longer than the other.

Continue Reading