Monday, February 28, 2011

Applique and Glue sticks

That is how I learned to applique. Freezer paper and glue sticks. This is the only method I have tried so far and I do like the results. First complaint I hear people have about using freezer paper, is having to reverse the pattern. You don't have to reverse your pattern, you can draw directly on the shiny side of freezer paper if you use a "wash" pencil. (of course you will want to transfer any important markings to the dull side as that is what will be visible when working on your project.
I like that I can pre-assemble all of the larger multi-pieced elements
I can leave most of the pieces aside until I am ready for them..........I just add a few at a time, stitch and then add more
With the pattern lying under the fabric as your guide, line everything up and continue to add pieces. (oh and I glue these down as well) I only use pins where absolutely necessary.
You get very nice smooth edges and wonderfully sharp points. BUT with this method, the freezer paper stays in until all of the stitching is done.
Then you slit the back, hold your breath as you immerse it in VERY warm water. This dissolves the glue while softening the freezer paper which you pull out through the slits you've made. So the big drawback here is if one of more of your fabrics might bleed. I add a few drops of a product called Retayne to the water and so far I have had great results ( or maybe I've just been lucky) We will see what happens when it comes to this block as one of those birds is really quite purple & red.
I still have a bit more stitching to do, tune in next week to see what happens (insert scary music here)

11 comments:

Lene said...

Thank you!! Since I attended an applique class that showed me how to use freezerpaper underneath, I have never looked back. However, I have never quite figured out placements without a lot of pins (and pricks). This way is just perfect! Wouldn't prewashing the fabric remove the scariness when immersing it in water? Does the type of glue matter?

Quiltbug said...

Thanks for all the details. I have used this method too but have also used acid free rubber cement which doesn't need moisture to remove the paper. I've heard people say that the rubber cement turns their applique pieces brown but I have never had that problem.

Clare Wassermann said...

can you tell me what glue - Pritt?

Sherri said...

You're such a tease! Making us wait. :)

Sherri said...

Glue...I am doing a similar method to Jill, except I take out the paper before stitching and don't do the slit in the back method. For glue, I use "Roxane's glue baste" because if I need to, I can dampen the fabric and remove a piece to another area. This glue washes out. It also glues down very quickly. I have never used it before but it is my favorite now!

Joan said...

Absolutely LOVE what you are doing - and how you are making it. I have just remembered I have a teflon sheet here that I can place fabric pieces on - with the freezer paper, and the fabric bits stick together, and the freezer paper is ready to put on the background. Must admit - I really had forgotten about it...I think maybe your way is heaps better.How many blocks are you doing - its so lovely - and intricate.

Karen S said...

Beautiful work. I love freezer paper for appliqué. I use glue sticks and Roxanne's glue also -- I've never had a problem with either. I keep the glue sticks in my fridge so they don't get gloppy -- although my guests sometimes make fun of me.

Royce said...

hummm I've never tried anything like this and would like to. The clean shapes you are getting are pretty amazing.

Katie said...

oh my goodness it's to DIE for!! Your colors are so rich - it really is beautiful ..

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sewnut said...

I love this vase and the way the birds, feathers and flowers flow.
My variation of this method is to remove the paper just before I finish the last 1/2" of stitching. I loosen anything that needs it with my needle, use tweezers to roll the paper, gently tug, and then it's gone. I finish the last few stitches and that part is done.
Very large sections still do need the back slit though.

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