I am very good at raw edge applique, but needle-turn applique intimidated me, and every attempt looked sloppy. Until now. Carolyn Friedlander suggested in her book, Savor Each Stitch, that you baste the piece to the background one-quarter inch from the applique edge as a guide for turning under the fabric. This changed everything. I deviated from her instructions and instead I stitched one-quarter inch from the edge of the piece, separate from the background:
I applied starch on the edges and ironed:
I used temporary glue to attach to the background fabric:
At this point I had the choice to stitch down by machine or by hand. I choose by hand, using a Size 11 gold needle by John James and 50 weight thread from Mettler in a matching thread. I’m experimenting with curves as part of the Savor Each Stitch Book Bee and studying Contrast. The pink and orange seemed like a good place to start.
If you aren’t into this method, there are ways to get the same effect with no fabric turning. Jenna Brand has a tutorial.
I’m linking this post to The Late Night Quilters’ Tips or Tutorials Tuesday.
One tip at a time,
9 thoughts on “One tip: perfect needle-turn applique”
It looks pretty good. Thank you for sharing.
I love this tip. I learned the same method from Anna Maria Horner, and it totally makes needle turn applique within my reach!! Thank you for linking up to Tips and Tutorials Tuesday!
I’m addicted now.
Uh, this is a super tip! Love it!
This is great! I have just started with applique I am going to have to try this technique.
Good luck. I’d love to see what you do.
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