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What Are You Working On Now?   General Discussion

Started 11/19/17 by MarciainMD; 503310 views.
Suze (casuzenn)

From: Suze (casuzenn)

2/2/20

adding to what Pirate said....

I just had a class in using the Apliquick rods (and other stuff by Apllquick!) and I bought a set of 500 hexies..now...these are NOT reusable since its a fusible wash-away  interfacing template..but it does offer some bennies....you stick em down with an iron...then cut a seam allowance around and use the Apliquick rods and glue stick to turn the hexies - and that process is PDQ.  I will be experimenting with these soon...

Also..investigate the different stitches you can use to join the hexies...traditionally you whip stitch...but you can also do ladder stitch or running stitch or my favorite, flat back stitching..the advantage of the flat back stitch is you DO NOT SEE IT at all on the front...

Plus..you can stitch em by machine, if  you want...this is where the Apliquick ones really shine - you use a narrow zig-zag and invisible thread ...if you cannot tolerate the hand stitching...maybe this technique would work for you. I think it can be done with the paper forms as well, I haven't done them this way but I did see the gal at Cotton and Chocolate Quilt Shop machine join hers...it might involve more tugging to get those forms out if the zig zag catches them.

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

2/2/20

Suze (casuzenn) said:

you can stitch em by machine, if  you want... you use a narrow zig-zag and invisible thread ...if you cannot tolerate the hand stitching...maybe this technique would work for you. I think it can be done with the paper forms as well, I haven't done them this way but I did see the gal at Cotton and Chocolate Quilt Shop machine join hers...it might involve more tugging to get those forms out if the zig zag catches them.

True about the paper forms .. the zig-zag would sure penetrate the paper even when you used a really skinny width stitch.

However, I don't think you could do that same technique if you were using plastic templates!  Lordy, you sure wouldn't want the sewing machine needle to be going through the plastic!  You'd *never* get the template out!

I didn't know about the fusible templates .... that sounds intriguing.  You'd need to fuse them to your fabric before taking them to-go, since it's tough to iron in a car or on a plane.  :-)    If the fusible was *also* water-soluble, that would be a real winner, since the first time you laundered the quilt, the interfacing would disappear, leaving the quilt less stiff.

In fact, I do use fusible, water-soluble stabilizer for some of my needleturn shapes simply because you can get *so* precise.  I never thought to use the stabilizer for hexies.  Hmmm.

Suze (casuzenn)

From: Suze (casuzenn)

2/2/20

I started another quilt a couple of days ago..My DH wants a specific scene and I am trying to interpret that into a quilt..The drawing looks good, I did the cartoon and templates and turned the pieces using glue stick and the Apliquick rods...its stuck down to the sky fabric and I have commenced stitching the pieces down...using Apliquick's invisible thread (by hand ... its kinda like working with a spiderweb!!)

It's a birthday gift for him... a week til his birthday...we shall see how far I get...at least it looks kinda like a quilt at this point! - and he said he likes how its coming along! I hope to have the base done...the details may take a while to concoct....we shall see how far I get! I am envisioning lots of tiny work along the way...

Suze (casuzenn)

From: Suze (casuzenn)

2/2/20

Pirate (PIRATE_SR) said:

If the fusible was *also* water-soluble, that would be a real winner, since the first time you laundered the quilt, the interfacing would disappear, leaving the quilt less stiff.

yup...the Apliquick ones are water-soluble...

and you are SOOOO right about the plastic templates not being machine sew-able!! I have never used those so they don't even come up on my radar but I guess they are out there!!

Shelley, that's gorgeous! <3 You have some amazing patience with those things!

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

2/2/20

Thanks.  Its my currrent Forever Project, so it doesn't matter to me when it gets done.

bornblesse2

From: bornblesse2

2/2/20

A ladder stitch......I remember hearing that name, but not the stitch.  You might need to show me at retreat.

latterberry

From: latterberry

2/3/20

Wow!  That hexie quilt is so stunning!  You really do amazing work.  I know my eyesight would not let me do that much hand sewing, so I'm very impressed with all the hand sewing you do.  

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