Thursday, February 19, 2015

Fussy cutting for Applique

I can't believe this is my first post of the year even though we're well in to February. How time flies but then I've also had a bad start to the year with a few lemons thrown my way. Enough said on that!
I thought I'd show how I've been working slowly on my Baltimore quilt and fussy cutting for leaves. I managed to join two borders onto the top and finish one corner.
Some leaves are made from a tone on tone fabric and don't need to be fussy cut and others are more realistic looking.
I cut out the freezer paper template starting with the dotted line. What you get is the template plus a window template. I use the window template to audition on the fabric. It's then a simple matter of ironing the leaf template inside the window template and removing the window one. you can then mark around the leaf using your favourite fabric marker.
Just recently I thought I'd try the freezer paper and starch method to prep my pieces and it turns out that I rather like it. I even made a pile of leaves to go. It does mean that I have to make my freezer paper templates in reverse and the window template the right side up and use a small light box for correct placement. it sounds complicated but it's really not once you get your head around it.
I even used this method to fussy cut petals for the roses. Fabric choice is harder because there has to be a difference in value where petals meet. I have to say that the stitching goes a lot faster and placement is easy too. I'm also not having any distortion problems with the fabric because of the starch.
I'm going to concentrate on getting this top finished, it's been on the slow burner for years and years. I've had a bad start to the year with not a lot of stitching going on but hopefully I'll be back up to speed soon.
Until next time, Janet


59 comments:

Virginia said...

Wow, wow, wow, gorgeous!!! I love your fuzzy cut leaves, so realistic.

Robin said...

Seeing your work is always so inspiring, Janet! I've recently been trying freezer paper/starch for preparing shapes and I kind of dig it as well-- and it definitely helps to keep everything consistent. Best wishes to you!

Patchwork and Play said...

I marvel at your skill when I see this lovely work Janet! The leaves and the rose especially look so life like!
I hope you are feeling a little better after the sad start to 2015 (I think I saw your post on IG. :-((

Janet said...

Your leaves and roses are beautiful!! It is such a pretty border. It will be such an amazing quilt! I'm glad you are stitching again :0)

Leeanne said...

So very life like! Fabulous idea to fussy cut.

susis quilts said...

dear janet,that looks fantastic,have a nice weekend,susi

Featheronawire Sally Bramald said...

I am sorry life hasn't been good to you this year. Still today is Chinese New Year so it is a 2nd chance to start again with a better begining.
The starch method is my preferred prep method, but I like to use triple layered freezer paper as it gives a very hard edge to press against even if the paper gets wet with starch. Those leaves and roses look amazing.

Chookyblue...... said...

they look like real leaves........

Rachaeldaisy said...

I'm sorry to hear you haven't had a good start to te year. Your leaves are so life-like and I always marvel at your flowers. It's interesting to see your methods.

Betsy said...

Janet , your work is always stunning!

Kaaren said...

Incredible work as always, Janet. Thanks for sharing the way you've made your leaves and roses come to life. Gorgeous!

Flickenstichlerin said...

So beautiful, stunning work, and great explanation in regards to your fussy cut leaves. Thank you for sharing.
Greetings,
Sylvia

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

what you show is fantastic - I bet you are entering it into a show so you will only show bits and pieces until then it look just so good, love those leaves.

Jane in Wales said...

Beautiful leaves, I love the colours. I hope the rest of your year will be better!

Barb said...

Beautiful Work Janet!

Nancy said...

What a great leaf fabric. Your fussy cutting makes the leaves look real.

Cathy said...

Your applique is so beautiful. Thanks for the tip on fussy quilting. Hugs

Marit said...

Lovely, and timely tip for fuzzy cutting. Thank you! Enjoy working on this beauty, Janet.
Hugs.

Lina said...

Gorgeous Janet! This how I prep all my appliqués! Freezer Paper Starch….

Monica said...

I am sorry you've had a bad start this year, but I'm glad you're back! Your quilt is looking amazing! I love a really leafy design, and your organization ideas have made me think. Thank you!

Jenni Mills said...

This looks amazing.

Mary said...

Oh Janet! I am so sorry. I lost my Flanders in October and it is just a huge hole. I see you have gotten a couple of new pups? That is so good. I will get another dog, but I feel like I just can't right now. Your applique is looking fabulous! I love your idea of the window and the template. I did a Baltimore Album years ago and did use freezer paper on top of my applique pieces. I have a question...when you say the starch and freezer paper. I assume you are starching your fabric first and then pressing on the freezer paper. Glad you found a method that helps! Great to see your post!

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

Just stunning! It sure make a difference! Hope to see the whole quilt someday!

Terry said...

Wow...your leaves are amazing!!

Aunt 'Reen said...

I absolutely LOVE your fussy cut process. Your work is really beautiful! I too have become a fan of starch basting my shapes. Can't wait to see more of this amazing quilt!

Nyla said...

I really hope your year improves with no more lemons! Your Baltimore quilt is looking wonderful and thanks for sharing your process.

Oops-Lah said...

I want to "dive" into your lovely box of prepared leaves. So pretty. I must give the freezer paper / starch method a try as well.

Karen said...

I've missed you, sorry you've not had a good start. Your work as always is beyond beautiful!

Nifty Quilts said...

Your leaves and flowers are stunning. They also look like fun to make! Sorry to hear you've had a bumpy year so far. Hope things continue on in a better way.

taylorsoutback said...

Always a treat to see your applique - such perfection and a great example of to how to make the right fabric choices.
Sending good thoughts across the miles that t he days ahead will be brighter

Sue said...

EVERYONE has said it all Janet. I just want to reiterate their comments. Great tip about the window for the leaves!

Marie said...

Fabulous use of prints to give you a totally different look. This is going to be spectacular. Surprise, surprise :). Glad you are getting back into the swing of things.

Lori said...

Janet, No wonder you are an award winning quilter! You make amazing quilts and all the small things (like leaves) make the quilts fantastic!

Nat Palaskas said...

Very effective Janet. Love it - Hugs Nat

Eileen said...

Janet, glad to see you back in the blogosphere (is that even a word?) and stitching.
Your roses are so beautifully realistic, are they cut from ombre or tone on tones?
Even though you're only showing a bit, I'd put money on it as another masterpiece!

Thimbleanna said...

Beautiful applique Janet -- as always! I'm a big fan of freezer paper -- I think it gives a nice crisp edge to applique pieces. I hope your rocky start to the new year means smooth sailing the rest of the way!

Patricia said...

Good method ! Thanks, I learned from you.

Carrie P. said...

beautiful! what a great way to use the leaf fabric to make different kinds of leaves. Love your collections in the box.

Belinda said...

VERY nice Janet! I like the freezer paper/starch method too.

Pinkadot Quilts said...

I am so glad you are back! You applique is of course, amazing!

Archie the wonder dog said...

I love seeing your appliqué - it's always exquisite! Sorry 2015 has got off to a bumpy start, hope it's smooth going for the rest of the year!

Shirley said...

Nothing like stitching for sorting out or ignoring strife. This looks like a winning quilt to me. Beautiful, beautiful as ever.

Joan said...

How Beautiful - Your work as always is gorgeous...and I love love love the way you are fussy cutting :)

Sew Create It - Jane said...

What a wonderful way to give those leaves that extra something! It's a top tip I'm going to have to remember.

Sorry to hear you've had a difficult start...hope things are settling down now. (hugs)

Tina said...

What a beautiful quilt-I really like the fussy cut leaves! No more lemons this year-only lemonade!

Ineke van den Akker said...

Fantastic! Greetings from Holland!

Cyndi said...

Your rose and leaves are the Most Realistic I think I've ever seen! Fabulous work!

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Shari Sherman said...

Glad you're back--applique on!

Featheronawire Sally Bramald said...

Come on, It is mid April now, I miss your updates.

Robyn Roberts said...

It was fabulous to see your 'Coxcomb and Currants' at the AQC, your hand quilting is exquisite. Congratulations on being the Best of Show for New South Wales.

Mary said...

Beautiful! And I love your header quilt! Hugs, Mary

Dolores said...

Hi Janet. I think we are all missing your posts. I hope everything is fine with you and your family.

Dolly said...

Fussy-cutting those leaves makes all the difference in the world. The applique work looks three dimensional. What a beautiful quilt you are making !

Purl Buttons said...

Please come back. I just discovered you.

Janet Ward said...

Ok, I read all the comments, after reading your applique post... So I need a tad of help. Please tell me your starch and freezer paper method, as I am not familiar with it... But am really wanting to try it. Live your work.

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You are a genius! :)

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