Thursday, April 1, 2010

A Celebration and A Question



Yesterday was my birthday.  Can you believe I forgot to take pictures?  Not so hard to believe I guess, I forget so much as I get older.  The other day Mr. Allie told me he's taking some pills for his memory - I asked him what they were, and he said he couldn't remember.  Maybe he's contagious.

I have a question for you ladies that love applique.  If you do needleturn, do you stay away from patterns that are for fusible web, or do you find it easy to add the seam lines?  I'm creating some patterns now, and I've never done needleturn, and I have no desire to learn - I'm all about fast and easy projects.  So I know nothing about adapting patterns if someone prefers needleturn.  I would appreciate any input you'd like to give me!

And may I say I have a new-found respect for those who write patterns.  It's not as easy as it looks.  When you make something up, you will make mistakes - I spent part of my day ripping apart some borders.  Not my idea of a good time, but it's part of the learning curve.

I hope you all have a happy and blessed Easter - hopefully with some warm sunshine as well.  Part of my day involved finding all of our summer clothes, it made it to 80 degrees today - the fans were going flat out!

41 comments:

Cyndi said...

Oh Allie, I can't help you with the needleturn stuff, but I can wish you a Happy (albeit belated) birthday! You and Mr. Wilson could have celebrated together! :o)

Have a Happy and Blessed Easter as well!

XOXO,

Cyndi

Debbie said...

Happy Birthday, Allie! Good luck with your pattern writing.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Well glad to hear that we have birthdays that are so close. Hope your day was a happy one :-)

Michelle said...

Happy Birthday!

I don't do applique so I won't be any help. Good luck!

Dolores said...

First of all, Happy Belated Birthday. I do hope you got spoiled.
Secondly, I do needleturn applique and no, I would not shy away from a pattern that was a fusible. It is not difficult to add seam allowance.

Valerie said...

Well Allie, I don't think you want me giving you advice. I don't even know what that means. Ha! But I did want to pop in and say Happy Birthday!!!

paulette said...

Happy Belated Birthday, Allie!! Hope it was a good one!
Good luck with the pattern!
Paulette

Allie said...

Happy Birthday Allie!
I have to admit I have only ever done raw edge applique--I'm just not a fan of hand sewing.
Good luck with the pattern, I'm sure you'll do great!

Jenny of Elefantz said...

I am fanning you from here, sweetheart...stay cool!

jan said...

Hooray for birthdays and Hooray for warm days! Hope you have many more of both!

May Britt said...

I love needleturn :) You can easily make needleturn from a fusible web pattern. Just draw the all the lines on freezerpaper and then add a less of 1/4 inch seamallowance. I always use the freezerpaper on the front of the fabric. Take a look at these links:
http://appliquetoday.blogspot.com/2008/04/needleturn-applique-prep-tutorial.html

http://appliquetoday.blogspot.com/2008/04/needleturn-applique-stitching-tutorial.html

Good luck trying. It is so fun to applique this way.

julie said...

Happy Birthday Allie. I can't help with needle turn. I only do fusible web and machine blanket stitch. I have tried it, but I hate hand work. My BGF does it as quick as I can machine applique. I won't even sew binding down by hand. So I'm of no use to you.
Have a Happy Easter.

AllyJo said...

I love you girl. Happy Birthday. I only do needle turn, but I can't help. :(

Linda said...

Happy belated birthday Allie, hope it was a fantastic day for you. There's lots to pattern writing isn't there? I've done needle turn, but if you want the best advice ask Carrie @ http://apassionforapplique.blogspot.com/
I'm sure she'd be happy to answer your question. Good luck with the pattern.

joanne lendaro said...

Happy Belated Birthday Sweet Lady!!

Anne at Film and Thread said...

Happy Birthday, Allie! I hope it is a wonderful year for you!

I haven't tried converting a fusible pattern to needleturn, but I am working on a huge needleturn applique project right now that I drew myself. If I had a pattern with that was for fusible, I can't imagine that it would be difficult to just cut the pattern wide enough to accommodate turning it under. Maybe for the patterns you are designing, fusible or machine applique are preferred methods, anyway?

Carol said...

Happy Happy Birthday!

Shasta said...

Happy birthday Allie! I'm certainly no expert on applique, but I think it is easy to just add or delete the seamlines on applique patterns. In fact, I have used coloring book pictures and clip art for my applique.

Laurie said...

Happy Birthday Allie!! Hope it was a great day :) Ditto on what May Britt said about the needleturn. Good luck with the writing - you are a brave girl!!

Carrie P. said...

Happy Belated Birthday! Hope it was a fun one for you.
I will adapt some fusible patterns to needle turn but if they have lots of detail with lots of little pieces I will usually stay away from them. To hard to do in any kind of hand applique except for fusible.

Carrie P. said...

Forgot to wish you a Happy Easter. Blessings!!

Terry said...

Happy Birthday Allie! Hope you had a wonderful day! :0)

sewtakeahike said...

happy belated birthday Allie! I wish I could give you my two cents on your applique qestion, but I'm kinda applique dumb I think.

soggibottom said...

Having read the comments above I don't feel so bad about letting on that I haven't a clue :-)
x x x

susan m hinckley said...

Happy Birthday, Allie! Needleturn applique can be done from any pattern at all -- just add a seam allowance when you cut. The patterns are usually drawn to the size of the finished shape. Add as much when you cut as you'll feel comfortable working with -- 1/4" is nice if you plan to baste the turned edge before you applique the shape (freezer paper works well for this), less is preferable on tight curves or if you're going to turn as you go. Just be sure to leave enough to counter any fraying that could occur, especially if it's going to require a lot of handling as you stitch.

Mickie said...

Happy Birthday Allie! I just add a quarter of an inch or so around the pattern when I do needleturn. I just wing it at this point. I think a lot of people do that but not the newbies.......
Hope you had a wonderful day and Happy Easter!!!

Jennifer said...

Happy Birthday Allie!!!

atbquilting said...

Happy Belated Birthday!

I honestly never look to see whether a pattern is designed for needleturn or fusible. I choose the method I think will give the results I want.

When I'm doing needleturn I trace the pattern on the finished line and add my own seam allowance as I cut out the applique piece. Now after saying that, there are some fused patterns I would never want to needleturn. Pine Needles patterns immediately come to mind, too many super narrow sharp points for me to ever do needle turn on that.

Good luck on the pattern. Writing directions can be very labor intense.

Lori said...

Happy Birthday!

Martha said...

Happy Birthday Allie! It looks as if you got some good advice about your applique patterns. I don't do needleturn, but my old applique patterns are always drawn finished size -- it's nice because you can make a same sized template for fusible, or add a bit of allowance for needleturn or basted applique.

Dawn said...

Happy belated Birthday....hope you got spoilt...he he... Fusible web and needleturn I always stayed away from until.... Don't Look Now' workshop... I now use Floriani Stitch and Wash Fusible web for needleturn and it looks fab.. I have even used needle turn and ironed it on with doublesided fusible so there will be now raw edges and then used blanket stitch on for the look....
Happy Pattern writing...
Hugs Dawn x x ...

Shiree said...

Happy Birthday!! I'm with the others who needleturn and will just add 1/4" seam allowance, needle turning can be very relaxing, and lovely to do on a winter night in front of a cosy fire, quite a sense of accomplishment when finished too, but take your time and don't rush it especially when you are learning, and take smaller rather then lrger turn unders, have fun!

Dandelion Quilts said...

Happy Birthday!

Pat said...

Happy Birthday, and Happy Easter . Your work is beautiful.

joan said...

OH Allie Happy Belated Birthday. Good for you to venture into a new challenge. I do appliqué but I do the Freezer paper version and I know this can be applied to any pattern as long as the ¼ inch seam is taken into consideration.Whenever I get a pattern that is machine "appliquéed" ( french ) I just convert it to the freezer paper version and add my seam allowance. Can't wait to see your pattern♥♥♥

Rebekah said...

Happy Birthday Allie! I hope that you remembered at least to have some cake :)

sharon said...

Most applique patterns do not have seam allowance included. You add it when you cut it out. I have used fusible for needleturn & needleturn for fusible applique. So don't sweat it! Happy, Happy!

Kim D. said...

Happy Belated Birthday Allie!!! Hope you had a special day..

Fleurette said...

Happy Birthday Allie. I hope you had a fabulous day and a wonderful Easter weekend.I love applique and prefer raw edge and machine blanket stitch.Can't wait to see the patterns you've created.

CJ said...

Happy Belated Birthday!!! I do realize that the older I get the fewer pictures are taken on my birthday. Probably for the best ;)

Lisa @celebrate CREATIVITY said...

(Belated) Birthday greetings!

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