Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Dryer Sheet Applique

Well here is what has become of those paper pieced New York Beauties.

I thought they looked like a spiked flower so I turned them into an applique project. I have never really done hand applique and am signing up for a workshop this month but thought I'd try my own version first. As the title of this post suggests, I used dryer sheets to make the whole process quite easy.
First I layered my partial NYB block right side up with a dryer sheet on top.

After stitching around the outer edge, make a slit in the dryer sheet, trim, clip and turn



Then it was onto the tricky stems......well, not so tricky after all. I pressed the freezer paper shape to the right side of my fabric, again layered with a piece of dryer sheet. After stitching and trimming they were a snap to turn because I stitched across the paper at the narrow end and by gently pulling the paper it turned quite easily.




The leaves were done in the same manner as the "flowers" The vine is simply a bias cut strip that has been stitched folded and pressed.

Makes me think SPRING!

15 comments:

Ariane said...

They look so great!!! Thanks for showing us how you did it.

Quilt Hollow said...

You always, always amaze me with the talents you have!

Clare Wassermann said...

blimey I must be telepathic - I bought dryer sheets today for the first time ever!!

Diane J. Evans said...

YOU ARE AMAZING! You never cease to excite me with the techniques you try and the fabulous results you achieve. I've never thought of NY Beauty blocks as flowers, but, by gum, they sure are!

Beautiful, Jill!

Diane

Linda said...

Wow! Now I know what to do with those NY beauties that are sitting in my UFO bucket. Thanks so much for the idea!

Karen S said...

Very clever -- are the dryer sheets the things that are supposed to fight static cling? They're different from the color catchers in the wash, right? Do you use them first in the laundry?

-I love NY beauties -- they're one of my favorite traditional blocks -- nice setting!

Sharon said...

Wow, this is beautiful! How big are the NY Beauty blocks? You're so clever...thanks for sharing. I love the tip about turning the stems! Makes it so much easier!

comicbooklady said...

brilliant idea for NY beaty blocks, very interesting flowers!!I love them!

Mary-Kay said...

Beautiful! But I don't think you need the class. How did you stitch those beauties down?

Quilter Kathy said...

Very cool! You turned NYB blocks into flowers...it's magic! I need to take some applique classes too someday.

Zoey said...

What a great idea to use dryer sheets! I must try to remember that the next time I need to applique something.

helen-mary said...

That vine is sooo pretty! Great job.

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Em said...

I have never heard fo this technic and am excited to try it. Your project is stunning!

kanishk said...

Thanks for showing us how you did it.

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