Monday, August 22, 2011

Hand Applique

YIPPEE...WOO HOO...WOWZER and all that good stuff!!! I actually finished all 12 of the 12 blocks on my FIRST ever really truly ALL HAND APPLIQUED quilt!!!!!! I just had to put them up on the ole design wall to check them out!!! I must say I. LIKE.
You can go HERE to read how it all started!
I used the vinyl over-lay and needle turn method this go around, but there are some other methods out there I would like to try NEXT TIME. YES, there will be some more hand applique in my future.
OK, here's my question: these blocks are 20" in size. How in the world do I square them up or trim them down without having to buy one of those $60.00 dollar, over 20" rulers??????????

34 comments:

  1. looks great, I'd be proud, too! I would either borrow if possible, or just use your ruler and trust your big olfa mat. Good luck ~
    :-}pokey

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  2. Beautiful. OK, fold your block in 4 and trim it to 10 inches on the two sides. But I know you knew that already!

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  3. BEAUTIFUL! Sharon's suggestion is a good one...

    In stitches,
    Teresa :o)

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  4. Congratulation on a beautiful finish. I have a 24x6 inch ruler, so I would be using the mat lines and the ruler to trim them up. Or maybe I would mark a 10 inch line from the center on all four sides.

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  5. Congratulations! It's beautiful! :0)

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  6. Belinda your blocks are gorgeous. WOW hand applique. I love it.
    Hugs
    donna

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  7. Beautiful! Love how "simple" it looks.

    My husband had a large T-square that he used in college. I commandeered it for pattern altering. Anyway, a 36" T square should be less than $20 at an office supply store or try the hardware store for an L square ruler. Most things packaged for quilting is way over-priced.

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  8. I fold my block in half and trim to 10 1/4", then fold the other half and do the same.

    It looks beautiful! Congratulations!

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  9. I'm curious to see what others say. I know it a no-no, but I sometimes square up on my big cutting mat. I figure at such large sizes, it's OK if it's close.

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  10. Beautiful quilt, looking forward to seeing how you decide to quilt it. Looks like good advice coming in for squaring up.

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  11. How exciting. It looks great. I intend to take on hand applique this winter. I signed up for a quilt course/retreat with lots of experienced quilters, who will gladly help with advices and show techniques.

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  12. The applique is so pretty - great job. Are you going to do any sashing? It looks very nice just the blocks, just curious how you plan to finishit Guess I will have to just wait and see. As far as the squaring up - you have your center line already marked. So if you have the for my vote, I would just use a ruler to mark 10" to each side of the center line and then a 12"square to square up the corners. All the suggestions are good one.

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  13. Congratulations! It's beautiful!!!

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  14. Congrats! That's a real accomplishment. Fold and trim will work. You might also mark a cutting line using wash out or air-erasable fabric marker. Or make a 20" cutting template from cardboard or template plastic, then lay your long ruler along each edge to trim. Maybe something like double-stick tape on the edges of the template to prevent slipping. With the plastic you could trace the motifs with permanent marker to help center the design when you trim, similar to your vinyl.

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  15. congratulations! wonderful job!
    I didn't read all the comments, but Lori's idea is great. The other one that occurred to me is to measure from the crossed center out in each direction, but folding is probably easier.
    I will recommend that you check, check, check and then trim.

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  16. They look so crisp and beautiful in their simplicity. It is a lot of hand work... you did a wonderful job with them :)

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  17. You did a gorgeous job. I love the blocks.

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  18. They are gorgeous. I would have done what Pokey suggested, but you know me. Nothing comes out straight.

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  19. Simply fabulous. Great job!
    I would do what Sharon suggested. That is how I do my bigger blocks.

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  20. Lovely lovely!! Congrats on a design wall full of beauties! Seems you have lots of suggestions and I have nothing to add. Those ARE big blocks, but everything's big in Texas, I hear :)

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  21. WOw! BEautiful! YOu should be very proud of yourself. All that needleturn applique is not easy!

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  22. Hi Belinda!
    I think my frame is the EZ Grace, I want to say 200? I ordered it from JoAnn's online about 3 years ago now. It's nice. Will fold down flat, the quilting angle is adjustable. Prior to that, I just had some 1x2's and clamps. This way, the frame doesn't take up the entire room, you can have it against a wall. If you get one, you'll have to let me know how you like it. I've been happy with mine. :)
    Kelli
    P.S. I said it before, but again, your hand applique is beautiful!

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  23. woops. i looked it up. make the the grace EZ3. that's the one i have.

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  24. It must feel so great to finish the blocks. Nothing new to add to the other comments other than well done!

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  25. I agree with Nancy, use template plastic and draw the centered motif on it.

    You did a beautiful job! Congratulations!

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  26. Belinda.....First I want to thank you for the wonderful tip you left on the hexi blog about using the clip to hold the hexis while you sew them together...... also my thumb thanks you. What a great idea.
    I love your appliqué quilt what a beautiful job. I really love doing appliqué. I use the spray starch method a lot of prep work, but once that's done I use Roxanne's glue (no holes) and then it is a take along project.

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  27. Not what you want to hear, but after trying many methods and not being really happy with the result, I looked around for a sale and got the large 20 1/2" ruler for $32 and it has been well worth it.

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  28. Beautiful Just Beautiful!! Hugs, Mary

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  29. It's beautiful.
    I would make a 20" paterno square and draw two lines to mark the middle to make sure you make every block identical.
    Joke W.
    the netherlands

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  30. Beautiful applique. Something you can be proud of. I see many more applique quilts in your future.

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  31. Hi! I love that quilt! It's fantastic! Thank you for your lovely blog! It's so nice to find other quilters all around the world! :)

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