Monday, September 21, 2015

sweet tweets

Today I'm happy to be a part of the Sweet Tweets blog hop. Sweet Tweets is written by Erin Cox, who blogs at Why Not Sew? I've been a fan of Erin's work for a long time--she has a knack for putting beautiful fabrics together and making the sweetest things! Her book is full of cute little projects that are fairly quick to construct. I want to make several of them! I was deliberating quite a bit on which project to make first--and I kept changing my mind--so I had my 12 year old son pick one for me. (That's a great way to solve indecision!) He chose the rainy day bird coaster, which was perfect, because I wanted to stretch my skills and try my hand at the crochet trim.
I knew I was going to be out of town and quite busy during the weekend, so I planned ahead. (I was trying something new! ha!) On Thursday, I worked on piecing the coaster...I did a little hand quilting....broke a hand sewing needle during the process!...
...and got the coaster constructed. It was fun to make!
I worked on adding the blanket stitch (to prep for the crochet trim) on my way to quilt guild on Thursday night.
I showed it to my kids on Friday morning and we squealed with delight! (Ok, so the 15 year old didn't squeal, but he liked it, I could tell by his huge grin.) My 12 year old asked if he could keep it, to which I selfishly replied "no". (Isn't that terrible of me?) I took the project with me to Fargo over the weekend so I could work on finishing the crochet trim. It's nice that it's portable! When I was on the road traveling home, I realized that my unfinished coaster was still sitting on my friend's ottoman in her living room back in Fargo. Doh! So much for planning ahead! I was too far away to turn back to get it. I decided that I would just have to make another one.
When I got home, I made this version especially for my son. I skipped the crochet trim and top stitched around the perimeter instead. He is quite pleased with it! (This is scrap project #107!)

I'll have to show you mine (crochet trim and all) when I get it back and finish it. :)

Congratulations, Erin, on your beautiful book! You did a great job on it!

If you would like to win a digital copy of the book Sweet Tweets, please leave me a comment in this post. In your comment I'd like to hear your thoughts on applique. Have you tried it? Do you love it? Needle turn? Fusible? Both? Neither? I love to dabble in both needle turn and fusible applique....there are so many possibilities! I will pick a winner in a few days. International entries welcome! :)

Also, be sure to check in on the other stops on the tour. Erin will be having a big giveaway at the end, so be sure to check that out when the time comes!

Tuesday, Sept.8 - Erin (Introduction post) Why Not Sew?

Wednesday, Sept.9 - Heidi Fabric Mutt

Thursday, Sept.10 - Debbie A Quilter's Table

Saturday, Sept.12 - Jacque Brown Dog Prims

Monday, Sept.14 - Amy nanaCompany

Tuesday, Sept.15 - Svetlana s.o.t.a.k handmade

Wednesday, Sept.16 - Renee Sewn With Grace

Thursday, Sept.17 - Martingale Stitch This! The Martingale Blog

Friday, Sept.18 - Heather Vintage Grey Handmade

Saturday, Sept.19 - Clara and Jennie Clover & Violet

Monday, Sept.21 - Amanda Jean Crazy Mom Quilts (You are here!)

Tuesday, Sept.22 - Cindy Live a Colorful Life

Wednesday, Sept.23 - Carla Grace and Favour

Thursday, Sept.24 - Mary Molly Flanders

Saturday, Sept.26 - Erin, Big Giveaway Post!!! Why Not Sew?


Happy Monday to you!

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Allison CB said...

I love applique especially if it is someone else's applique - mine is not so great (working on it) but the little bird in this book is precious! so cute!!!

Afquilt said...

I've tried applique but haven't loved it yet... I think this book might just do it for me though! i love all the little birdies!

Sarah said...

I like applique; I like how it looks more than I like doing it, but if I'm not in a rush to finish something, I enjoy it as a change from handquilting in the evenings. It's also nice that it's more portable. sarah@forrussia.org

Tina Jeo said...

I have done needle turned and fusible. I enjoy both depending on my time available. I think these are adorable. Thanks!

Amy Harward said...

I have only done fusible appliqué and I love it! I would love to try needle turn, though. It may be more difficult but it looks great! This book looks awesome! Thanks for the chance to win!

samtaylorcjsmimi said...

I've done some fusible and I think 1 needle turned. Not really in love with the needle turn. This book has so many adorable projects! Thanks for the chance to win :)
Debby E
samtaylorcjsmimi at yahoo dot com

jenni said...

I fell in love with Erin's appliqué technique and have made 3 baby quilts and several valentine's!

suemac said...

I like needle turned applique. Have not tried fusible raw edge yet.

Lynne Tilley said...

I've only done appliqué about 3-4 times, and used the fusible, but I'm anxious to do more. Your coasters are ADORABLE (squeal, squeal). I love them. I would love to have that book. Thanks for sharing!

Bobbie said...

I fuse and satin or blanket stitch around - not sure what its called. I do it alot and am getting better. I'm working on a quilt for our pastor's 25th anniversary at the church and most of the blocks are applique. I love it because I can copy a photo or painting with out embroidery, which I don't do well. :) these projects are too sweet! BTW what is the white rookiesnythuter thingy next to your scissors?

Anita said...

I like to appliqué, mosty I have done fusible but also some needleturn.
Love your coasters!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Sure glad you said where the first cutie was. This one is adorable too!

Jacklynn Grimm said...

When I applique, it's usually with fusibles and machine quilting the edges. I like the look of the raw edge and a simple stitch going around the birds. Very cute! Thanks for a chance to win this book! jacklynnsteven at netzero dot com

Kay Nelson said...

I love Erin's style! I have done machine appliqué as a baby business for 30 years and I love to do it! The satin stitch just
adds so much. I also did a McKenna Ryan quilt with fusible appliqué and it certainly made it easier for such a complicated design.
Bykayn@aol.com

Indianna said...

I too dabble in both. Love your coasters and that there are so many small cute projects in the book.

Debora Exum said...

I love the look of applique, especially whimsical applique like your bird coaster. However, I'm not a big fan of doing it myself though. When I do applique, it is the fuse it down, machine stitch around it method. Thanks for sharing the book and the project!

Debbie said...

I love the idea of applique, but haven't actually gotten around to doing much of it. All the applique I've done until now though has been by hand, and I'm itching to try machine applique.

naurispelto said...

I have done appliques, but mostly on jersey clothes and always with fusible. I love to plan them and how they look, but the sewing part of them isn't my favorite and often have no time to do appliques ;) Your birds look so lovely, I love that contrast colored stitching! Would be sooo happy to win that book!

Dawn said...

I have never tried Applique, but I am planning to real soon. Have a wonderful day! dawnm1993(at)gmail(dot)com

Wizzyh said...

I love the look of appliqué, but have never tried it. I think I need some lovely inspiration from this book to get me started!

Kara Zevchik said...

I haven't tried much applique but would love to try and stretch my skills! Thannks for the chance to win!

morgaine said...

I love apllique and I love Erin and her style.
I just finished a quick babyblanket by applique, for those I love to use the satin-stitch, we call it also caterpillar-stitch. To win an ebook would be great! Lovely greetings from Tunisia
morgaine

Paula said...

I've been a huge fan of Erin's work too! That's not hard, honestly. Love your little birdies to bits! thanks for the chance. x

Cotton Blossom said...

I enjoy fusible applique. I have not tried needle turn. It looks to fussy for me. The chick with the umbrella is super cute! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Doris said...

I learned all forms of applique years ago, needleturn, fusible, reverse and even Hawai'ian. Enjoyed doing all of the, but, since an arm injury, can't do much handsewing any longer. So, now it'll have to be fusible with machine stitching on top. And this book shows just how beautiful that can be.
Love your little mug rugs and am waiting to see the one with the crochet trim.

labfish said...

Very cute!! I like the additional color at the top!!

Judy said...

I love the look of needle-turn applique but don't have the patience for it. (Too many projects in my head.)

I think the blanket stitch around your son's pot-holder would have gave it a nice masculine/sophisticated finish as well as the top stitching. I think he needs another one to match! ; >) After all sons need nice looking pot-holders for their first homes, too!

Kathryn said...

I've done a bit of applique, and always like the results. Your coasters are so cute. No wonder there was interest by your kids.

Glynette said...

I have finished a few applique projects and am slowly improving

Linda said...

HI,thanks for your post! Yes I love it! Want to do more! Thanks for sharing a giveaway! msstitcher1214@gmail.com

Danette Stankovich said...

Love your hand quilting on the coaster. It looks like rain is coming down. I have done much applique', but who knows down the road. Thank you, peterstankovich@comcast.net

Karen said...

I love appliqué, I use mostly fusible...and usually do all hand stitching around it...your little coasters are adorable I really need this book!

Karen
createdandbeautiful@gmail.com

Tammy Stack said...

so cute! I think even my husband would like this one!. he's not too crazy about the last coasters I made.....but then neither am I.

Nancy said...

I have done fused applique and once or twice needle turned. Would love to do more needle turned and get better at it.
nl@ridder.ca

Alli said...

I love that your son wanted one of his own! :)

My favorite is fusible applique. I tried needle turn when I was a kid and couldn't manage the first turn. :D

mama dub said...

I have only done the fusible method. Maybe someday I will try the needle turned method. The coasters are adorable.

Vicki H said...

I haven't done but one block with applique. I need to try all the methods to find what is best for me.

Lisa Marie said...

I like applique a lot, mostly as a special addition to patchwork. I don't have just one favorite method -- which method I use generally depends on the type of project and how it will be used. Your coaster is so cute, makes me want to make a bunch to give as little gifts.

OhioLori said...

I have tried Applique...but this way looks way more fun...& easier! I was very slow at hand applique, but was pleased when finally finished my project...and haven't done anymore since. LOVE this book...is on my wish List too...would love to win..thanks for the chance! :)

Iris said...

I prefer the fusible method and then finish it with either a satin stitch or rough edge drawing. It does look like a very sweet book, thanks for a chance to win.

Debbi said...

Super cute coaster! I like both fusible and needle turn appliqué - depending on my mood and whether I am going to be spending time near my machine or not. Needle turn is great when you are sitting in a carpool line waiting for children to emerge!

Angelia Lanouette said...

Last year while mending a broken knee from a car accident I had a lot of time to do hand work. I decided to teach myself needle turn applique and wool applique....I am totally hooked!! Your coasters are so adorable! I love birds and Erin's book looks like it has some adorable projects!

Helen said...

I took a class to learn how to applique and am still trying to get up the nerve to start it. Hopefully very soon.

hl3smith@yahoo.com

Joye with an e said...

I like applique though I do more piecing than applique. I guess I prefer fusible by machine. Thanks for the chance to win this adorable book.
joyecox@yahoo.com

Leez506 said...

I've done some applique and haven't learned how to do it well. Guess I need her book:)

Rike Busch said...

I would LOVE to win a e-copy! I like the fusible applique, because I don't really like hand-sewing. *gg*
Greetings, Rike

Terri Hauge said...

I love fusible applique - so many possibilities! There are so many cute ideas in this book. Love your coasters and your choices of color.

TJ Sikkink said...

I enjoy applique in small doses, so sweet little projects are perfect. I enjoy Jillily Studios applique technique when hand applique is needed. I'm not real good with machine applique, mostly because I haven't done it enough. I know how to knit but not crochet...yet! That coaster is so cute, I think I better learn.
Thanks for the chance to win!!

mary said...

I really like appliqué, especially raw edge.

Tina said...

Would love to learn needle turn applique. I love the birdie coaster.

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

The birds are really super cute, I would love to sew some for my home too.
Thanks for the chance to win.
Bente

Carol Swanson McCabe said...

I love applique...love having hand work. Thanks for the chance to enter the contest.

Laura Chaney said...

Super cute pattern, and three cheers for portable projects!

thecraftyyak said...

I have just finished a large applique block for The Global quilting Project and have just started another. I have only done needle-turn applique - or rather the easier method I ended up using for some little dolly quilts. Love the little coasters - so sweet!

Diane Cannon said...

Applique is a great sit and watch TV project (or sit in the doctors office or waiting for gymnastics to get out).

Jill Ash said...

Great coaster, no wonder your son loves it! I'd love the chance to win the ebook. I've done a bit of appliqué but hand stitched mine (my machine work needs work!!).

Jilly :)

Melissa Dee said...

Hello from Montréal!

You are very talented, this is beautiful! I have tried applique once but I found the result to be a little bit bulky. I must have missed something! Or maybe my machine stitching was too "heavy". I think I was too affraid the fabric edge would not stay right so I "over-stitched" the edge. haha... I'm willing to try this technique again, but I think I will read more on the subject!

Thanks for the opportunity to get this book :)

dian said...

Love looking at applique! Doing it... not so much. The problem lies in the fact that I have never had good or best instructions so I am thinking that this book just might be the answer to my phobia towards applique.

Love the little birdie-cute beyond compare.

dian @ gdavidhoffman@yahoodotcom

Rosemarie B said...

I just got my October Connecting Threads catalogue with your material in it. So excited for you. I've seen it on your blog and on the Connecting Threads website but it still exciting to see it in print. Congrats, they did a great job spotlighting you.

K Adams said...

I do alot of fusible applique. Needle turn is a lot harder.

tahoe34 said...

I love appliqué, both machine and hand. I think it is very forgiving. I especially love appliquéing hexies into projects! I would love this book, what a great giveaway!

Jean Burke said...

I love applique - seeing the picture appear before your eyes as you add pieces! I love Erin's work...this book looks adorable! Thanks for the chance to win it. I might have to make a few of those coasters - so sweet!

Amy's Crafty Shenanigans said...

I have done some free motion drawing style applique and I think I have only done one needle-turn years and years ago - definitely something I would like to try again!

Lori V said...

I have done a lot of appliqué in the past on clothing. Not as much since starting quilting. This little bird is darling! Would love a copy of this book.

stitchingcob1000 said...

Love those cubby little birds!!! Hand appliqué is my favorite!! Love following your blog too!

pam said...

I have done needle turn applique. I am not that good at it. Especially the points. That little birdie is really cute. I could probably scribble some sewing lines around the fabric. I need to try this!

pam

Sewing In CT said...

Those are lovely original designs!
I took a needlepoint class but haven't really done much with it.
I think I'd like needle turn best. I'd love to give these little projects a go.

pippirose said...

How adorable! Love them!
I haven't done too much applique, but I love the look of it. I've tried both ways, and prefer doing the fusible way.

sophiewillis@xtra.co.nz said...

I am inspired to make my own version of that so delightful design.

Carla said...

The best laid plans........
Yes I do fusible and freezer paper appliqué ; )
You did a great job

Anne said...

I've done the fusible kind. Worked well and looked good too.

wendy said...

Cute little design! I can see why your son wanted to have one. I love the look of applique but it isn't my favorite thing to do. I will do it occasionally but, usually by machine. Thanks!

Teresa @ Aurea's Kitchen said...

I love applique, every way. I found it so relaxing.

Martina said...

I love applique and switch between different methods. I think it adds just such a special touch to a project.
Your coasters are so lovely!

Amy said...

The jury is still out on appliqué for me. I am going to do one as my next project. Time will tell. Your coaster looks fun and easy which is enticing...

jules said...

This book looks adorable, and I love your coasters. I haven't tried needleturn, but do blanket stitch quite often.

Lisa E said...

I haven't done any hand applique, but I have done fusible applique. So easy to do which I love. Thank you for the giveaway.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I don't do much applique. I'm a little nervous about it, but have tried to learn more. Thanks for the review and the giveaway!

joanold said...

I've only ever done fusible applique and machine-sew with a blanket stitch. I'd like to try needle turn applique when I have some time.

Lois said...

I have done both sorts but I like fusible best now - time wise it's better. I love both you coasters - she has a lovely whimsical way with her patterns. Thanks for the chance:))

the girlfriend gap said...

Love all kinds of appliqué. I have done both fusible and needle turn. Very cute projects. Thanks for a chance to win.

Eliza said...

I don't often applique

Granny Maud's Girl said...

Yes. Love it. Both! Which method I use depends on the project. I cannot understand how anyone cannot love appliqué.

Afton Warrick said...

I love appliqué, but don't do needle turn due to the time it would take.

Marianne said...

I'm not a fan of the Big A, ha! I have done some raw edge and fused but that's about it.

RNProfMcClave said...

I'd love a copy of Sweet Tweets! I've only begun sewing and piecing quilts at the end of July, so I've not tried appliqué yet. But, I definitely want to! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

stitchesoftime.com said...

I love applique and would love a copy of Sweet Treats, have not tried needleturn but have done lots of applique with fusible. I have not combined it with any machine stitching though so I love the ideas in the book.

Fiona C said...

I've done a bit of old school hand appliqué but really want to try raw edge machine appliqué
.

Kate said...

this really is a cute project! I like how you used quilting lines to simulate rain. I've done a little bit of both for applique (needleturn and machine). I think i like needleturn best.

Trisch said...

I have done raw edge circle applique without the fusible stuff. I just did a satin stitch around the edge. I have also done a blanket stitch around Dresden plates. I haven't done needle turned in a very long time. Maybe 30 years! I would love this book so much. Those birds are so cute! Thanks.

Dana said...

LOVE your sweet, sweet tweets and would also love the book! Have never done appliqué but would certainly love to give it a try! Thanks for sharing!

gstanton said...

Have done needle turn applique, but will try new technique with these super cute inspirations. Thanks!!

tink's mom said...

Great little coaster, both of them. I have done all types of applique, took a class that covered a wide variety. I love the outcome but I hate putting in the time to do needleturn.

s said...

I love birds! We have five feeders, and a bird bath and it's so much fun to watch the birds!
I prefer fusible appliqué - quick easy, get it done.
The book looks wonderful; thanks for doing a giveaway.

Anne D said...

I have tried all different types but never really mastered fusible web. The book looks great and just what I need to be motivated to persevere with applique.

rrjane011749 said...

I want to make all of these little birdie projects--they're so cute!

Heather said...

Im not a huge fan of applique, but to be fair, I've never really learned good techniques...and I would really love to learn!

Nancy said...

I just love applique - it exercises the whimsical part of my brain.

Lee said...

I have done machine applique - This looks like a sweet book! thank you!

lsymank said...

I don't do much applique. Ive made pillow cases with my grandkids names on them but not much else. Thanks for the giveaway.

Alicuz said...

I will be taking a hawaiian hand applique class next week on my vacation to th Big Island , Hawaii. Cant wait.

StanleyBeagle said...

I've never tried applique. This book looks so cute it might be time to start!

Susan McG said...

I love your story - and admire your determination to get a completed project. I have done some fusible applique - but I always add a blanket stitch by hand around the fused piece as I don't trust the applique to stay adhered. I like the look of Erin's method of "scribble" stitching which accomplishes the same thing with a lot less time and a cuter effect.

pajtr said...

Great story behind a sweet project!!
(Looking forward to seeing the one with the crochet edging, because I think the one you made for your son is perfect!)
I love to learn new things... So have tried *all kinds* of appliqué! Mostly just enough to feel comfortable/pleased with it, before moving on to learning all about another type!
(Never felt comfortable just fusing, so always also stitched edges down, though...)
Most fun, I think, was learning to do raw edge reverse appliqué, after learning about molas! I had fun creating my own design, planning the fabrics, and seeing the hidden layers appear!
Thank you!
Pat

Ann Hodge said...

LOVE these sweet appliqués and birds are my favorite!! Thanks for sharing your beautiful work!!

Cappy said...

I would love this book! Everything is so very cute. Thanks for the giveaway!
carolputnam22@gmail.com

Jo said...

I like applique but have not really done raw edge applique like this! This I think I would like!! :) Love the little birdie!

DeborahGun said...

I have only ever tried needle turn applique and I really didn't like it! Maybe raw-edge would suit me better!

Kath said...

Applique can really make a project special, I've just not enjoyed it much, although all I've done is by hand. I'm going to try machine and needle turn applique in one of my next projects and see if that's a better method for me. Thanks for sharing with us.
ktsquiltdreams (at)gmail (dot)com

Verena said...

I have done a lot of fusible applique, but no hand applique.
Your coasters are both really cute!

Deal.licious Real Food Debby said...

I have not tried it yet. I want to. I feel like I should keep working on sewing straight. How long does it take to get good at it? It seems like if I sewing for a while in one day, I get better. But then I go to make something a few days later and I am all over the place...

determineddebby at gmail dot com

Miggsie said...

I've done just a little bit of fusible applique...I'm intimidated by needle turn!

principeta said...

Love it,so cute!Never try it like this one,only simple ones.thank you for the chance to win it.

Sharon said...

Looks like a cute book - I love the little birdie! I've done both needle-turn and fusible applique, and I have to say I'm a fan of the fusible. The needle-turn is too fussy and time-consuming for me. Thanks for the chance to win the book!

Wonky Patchwork said...

That coaster is so sweet, and I love applique, mainly raw edge applique.

KaHolly said...

I love needle turn appliqué but am not too fussy for the prep work, so I stick to the easy shapes. Fusible applique is so much easier and I enjoy using a blanket stitch by hand. I haven't tried using FMQ yet, but love the look! This book will be on my shelf one day, for sure. Sweet coaster(s). How cute that your son wanted it?

Melody Srygley said...

I've always used the "old fashioned " method and it takes forever. This just might work for me!

Cherry said...

I've just retired and bought a new sewing machine. Small projects like this would be a great way to build confidence in mastering all the new things it/I can do.

LindaBee said...

I wish I could aplique but arthritis makes it difficult. I do love the outline applique that you used on the coasters. I love anything birds.

Larn said...

Super Cute coaster, can't wait to try it... I've done a lot of appliqué, raw edge, blanket stitch, as well as needle turn, I love them all

Jennifer Berry said...

I love this book and have been pinning these little birds for a long time. I love fusible raw edge appliqué. I tried needle turn recently and it was not for me, too imperfect!😊

Judy Zaspel said...

I love applique, both needle turn and fusible. I like that it's portable and can go with me to keep my hands busy and out of trouble, LOL. Just wondering what fusible most people use? I want mine very light and easy to needle through.

RainbowSpinner said...

Yours looks amazing - mine is not so good lol

Cathy44647 said...

I'm not a big fan of appliqué. But looking at these small projects makes my heart sing and I want to jump in and start a project!

Janet Schultz said...

I've never done applique so this would be a great inspiration to try something new! Your coasters are adorable ;c) Thanks for the chance to win! shopgirl7232 at yahoo dot com

Dee all the way from Fiji said...

A friend and I(novices) took the plunge and started each, 18 months ago doing, a huge Christmas quilt project with about 35 applique blocks - and was very frustrated in the beginning with needle point in trying to get our stitches just perfect... we have 'expanded' to include fusible technique using some applique tools and have come to love applique - and have accepted there is 'no' perfect in doing handwork applique - it is all work of art and beautiful! I would love a copy of this book as i love the birdies and freshness of the designs it makes me smile....

Shirley said...

Looks cute and fun. I have tried many different kinds of appliqué...fused, hand stitched and machine stitched. I had planned on making some rug hooked coasters for Christmas presents but might just be rethinking that now. Thanks.

Linda Lewis said...

I do like appliqué and using fusible, but I haven't tried needle turn yet. What a great story about your son, o loved it!,

Sandal said...

I enjoy appliqué using the fusible method. I confess I have not tried needle turn as the arthritis in my fingers will probably make it very hard. To compensate, I sew the fusible interfacing with the fusible side toward the right side of the fabric, snip the interfacing, turn the piece right side out and fuse it to the main fabric. This method works for me! Small projects are so fun to intersperse with bigger projects! Thank you for the cute project and possibility of winning the cute book? Sandal

Stephanie Cross said...

Fusible..... because it's easy, and I like the raw edge.

Elizabeth Kuntz said...

I would love to win this book! The only appliqué I've do e has been the fusible kind. But I love appliqué no matter the form.

Karm PD said...

I like applique but its all fusible with me!
kpentondecker@hotmail.com

Kellie Warren said...

I am almost finished with my first applique project. Like a dumb dumb, I chose a needle turn project, which my friend screeched whhhyyyy didnt you be kinder to yourself and start with fusible, shaggy? But, I sew nicely thank you very much, and it looks lovely if I do say so myself. I should be finished with it soon and then will sew it all up. Its pieces, that will be sewn onto an adorable baby bag for a new mother. A big project, but lots of love is in there :)

Therese said...

I like using fusible appliqué. I use it to personalize gifts I make, names and initials, etc. Thanks for the inspiration.

robin said...

I have only dabbled in appliqué. By that I mean I have done exactly two small projects: both were fused and raw edged. I really like the idea of "drawing" on fabric using appliqué. This book might incentivize me to try it out!

Mel J. said...

I am a needle turn applique nut - I much prefer the cleaner edges you get, but that coaster looks like a fun fusible method I would love to try :) Thanks for sharing.

Renea said...

I love applique. The whole process is sew satisfying. Thanks for the cute giveaway.

Johanna Lovering said...

I have tried many different methods of appliqué. I find Karen Kay Buckley's method with using spray starch on the edges and ironing over a heat resistant template helps me get the best results. I really like the look of this appliqué but it does take a lot of work.

Rail princess said...

I love applique, I always have a project or two on the go that way I always have something to take to work on at our quilt group meetings or my sons basketball games!

NannyBee said...

The little coaster is so cute ! I've only recently begun combining appliqué with embroidery to my quilted projects. I really like the added dimension. I tried my first needle turn last week and while it's not perfect, I like it as a handy take along/sit down project.

Sue said...

I have done applique, but not the kind with the machine stitching lines sort of randomly following the design! The coasters look soooooooooooooooo cute! I am hopping over to check out her blog now and would definitely love the chance to win the e-copy of her new book! Thanks for the chance! Sue

Lois said...

I love doing raw edge applique on small pouches and things like that. You can really add a whimsical touch to any project with applique. Thank you so much for the opportunity to own this sweet book.

Subee said...

I have done fusible appliqué and like it well enough, but I am excited to try something new. I have a new machine with a blanket stitch now, so would love to use it. I haven't tried the raw edge method, but these little birdies are singing to me to try it out!

Sandra Allred said...

I love applique but have only done fusible with machine stitching. I'm not much for hand work right now. Erin's book looks awesome!

Amy from Our Dish said...

Adorable stuff! I would love a copy of that book, thank you!

JudyD said...

Love these little birds and have been wanting to learn how to appliqué, so this book would be awesome to win. Thanks for the chance!!

https://wednesdayscreationsstudio.wordpress.com/ said...

Very sweet indeed - is your whole post and its outcome.

Never put together how crochet can be added to edges before now. A simple blanket stitch! Definitely a "palm to the forward" moment.

Thank you for all the other fun blog posts to check out.

Ann Dunn said...

Lover your coasters. I don't do much applique but when I do I prefer to do it by hand. It seems though, that I don't have the time to do that and wind up using my zigzag stitch.

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Cindy Pilkington said...

This is an adorable coaster. Thanks for sharing it! I've done a wee bit of needle turn and lots of fusible applique, which seems to be much quicker!

Diane Beavers said...

Applique is one of my 2015 quilting goals...here it is September and I've not tried it yet:(. A friend has offered to show me fusible.
Your coaster really is precious....glad your son liked the re-make too:)

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Jennifer said...

Just the cutest ever! I have got to try one of those little birds.

Quilter Beth said...

I'd LOVE to win the book. The projects look adorable. As far as appliqué goes, it is fusible ALL THE WAY!

Sally Hurst said...

I've done both needle turn and fused applique, but most of my quilts are just pieced. Applique does add a nice element to a quilt, though. Thanks for your charming story about making the coaster, and the chance to win this cute book.

AuntieCrafty said...

I have tried rough edge applique (like your adorable coaster) and some fusible. I never could master needle turn. Thank you for the chance to win the book!

Amanda J said...

I've only done fused applique. I like it but would love to be better at it!

FlourishingPalms said...

Your coasters are darling, Amanda Jean! I'm looking forward to seeing the one with the crocheted edge. I did that same technique on a pair of pillowcases, and love how it turned out. I really like hand appliqué... if I slow down long enough to do it! My favorite technique is back-basted. If you haven't tried it, I highly recommend it. Thanks for the chance to win!

Jean said...

I've only done hand-work appliqué and did NOT love it...so it's time to give fusible appliqué a try and this book looks like just the ticket!

Marla said...

Most of the appliqué I have done has been traditional, by hand over a paper template. I've just been trying some needle turn, but can't say that I am very good at it, yet! Guess we need to just keep practicing those new skills. Your coasters are very cute.

gretchenscorner said...

I normally do needle turned hand applique, but on small projects, like coasters, that are going to probably washed a lot, I machine applique. Sounds like a wonderful. Thanks for the giveaway.

PBee said...

Applique is fun because you can do it so many different ways! I'm so glad to read that you are adding a crocheted edge like my grandma used to do on her embroidered pillow cases and tablecloths. I thought it was a lost art, so hopefully it's making a comeback!

Cathy L said...

I haven't done a lot of applique, but I love these little birds. I would love to try them!

Rita Montgomery said...

I love applique and have been doing a lot of raw edge applique. This book looks like it has so many cute designs and would be right up my alley. Thanks for a chance to win it.

Ilana Joffe said...

I like applique, especially fusible.

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Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

So cute and perfect for your new fabrics too. I laughed at the fact you left it behind. Sounds like something I'd do with a deadline looming.

Alesha Klein said...

I find myself always being drawn to quilts that incorporate applique. I find applique soothing when I need a break from working on a quilt with repeat blocks. Applique technique has to be my favorite.

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lindajhsumner@hotmail.com said...

I would love to win a copy of Sweet Tweets. I love all forms of applique: needle turn, raw edge, turned fusible interfacing...all of them. I love to work the simplest forms because I'm more inclined to instant gratification. I admire intricate, but am not tempted to try it. Love your work.

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Sharon - IN said...

I love appliqué! Mostly fusible, but now and again a little needle turn. Your projects are cute! It is always so fun to involve the kiddos.

Rob said...

I did a lot of applique for my two children 30 plus years ago. I often used simple drawings from their coloring books as my patterns. My "fusible" was wax paper and I sewed them with a satin stitch. Methods and materials have improved so much since then. I look forward to trying it again in preparation for grandchildren! And I especially love the little birds! Thanks.

Soledad Britos said...

beutifull!!!! i would love to win a copy of this book!!! I did someones for my girls!!! Thanks, for share your works with us!!!!
Sorry for my poor english!!!

java diva said...

Oh, no!! I can't believe you forgot it at your friend's house!! And how sweet you made one for your son. I can't wait to see your crochet trim. I don't think I could do it, but I wish I could to make my own trims.
I have done plain appliqué. The first time I used the wrong webbing & couldn't sew through it! I recently tried it again & the small projects aren't so bad. I think I'd struggle with quilts.

Laura said...

I like applique, but I need to make myself sit down long enough to get serious about it!

Nena said...

I like to do both needle-turn and fusible, but I rarely do any of it - I am working on quilting! I may change my mind however - I sorta forgot about it - because I can see that these projects would be make excellent gifts! and there is a new niece or nephew on the way! Thanks!

Unknown said...

I have done both kinds but not for quite a while. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

Mary Ellen said...

I have done both needle turn and fusible applique. My love is needle turn which I find to be a relaxing past time in front of the TV. I don't both with freezer paper, glue, and all of that. Just pure needle turn. Once you learn the technique, it is way faster than the other methods with all the fiddly prep work.

jseiler1959 said...

I've tried fusible applique and I really like it. It's been years since I've done any needle turned applique, but I have some hexie flowers to put on a pillow to try it again.

Carole said...

Applique looks so cute but I haven't tried it yet. I would love to win this book to push me in the right direction.

ruthshelton10@att.net said...

I have tried applique by machine and hand. I have tried fusible applique only. I have tried hand applique but not a fan of it because of dexterity issues. I love the swwet tweets projects that you and the other bloggers have shared. They are soo cute.

SewSealy said...

I absolutely LOVE needle turn applique. For years, I would sit and applique while watching tv, etc. I always had a needle in hand. I feel applique allows me to relax and it is the actual process of appliqueing that I love, even over the finished project. Sweet Tweets is an adorable book - it looks like there are so many fun projects in there. :)

Suzanne said...

I have not done enough appliqué to know what I prefer but I'm not afraid of trying any of it. Your birdies are adorable!

Kris said...

So very cute. I have done a little applique but I love the freemotion sketching!

claire said...

I love every kind of applique and like to mix up my methods between fusible and needle-turn.

Patti said...

Oh how I would love to win this book it does just scream cute. I am not the best at applique but this does look like something I could handle. I would probably fuse it down and then stitch it down.

Sherry said...

This looks like a wonderful book. I have tried both needle-turn and fusible applique. I like the look of the fusible with the free stitching and thik that looks great too.

Dawna Caplin said...

Those birdies are adorable, I think I definitely need to make one! I used to not like appliqué, but since I got a new sewing machine and started doing modern quilting we've become 'friends' lol

Paige said...

I love applique, by machine and hand. Your coasters are so cute. I haven't tried outlining with black thread. I must try that.

Quilt Knightly said...

These projects look like the perfect size to try out appliqué for the first time.

Rene' said...

Both your coasters are cute! I really like Erin's style of appliqué with the thread stitching. Recently I have done a little bit of needle turn appliqué. I'd like to do more fusible but it seems that I never can find the right type of fusible one when I need it.

sewhappy said...

I do quite a bit of fubible raw edge appliqué abut love using freezer paper for turned edge appliqué . That book looks very interesting.
LOVE your coasters

sewhappy said...

Bet you've never heard of fubible!!! I meant fusible !!!

mary said...

Have tried it and always gives me problems.but, I keep trying!

barbara woods said...

I would love to learn to do it great

Mindy Jacobs said...

This coaster is awesome and I think it's great your son wanted to keep it. Ilove Appliqué!! Which type so far...well all of them. The RxR challenge this year was mostly applique so I had a lot of practice.

Pat said...

Love applique! I usually use freezer paper on reverse side, then baste seam allowance under and finally applique. I'd love to try the technique in Sweet Tweets! peks1001(at)yahoo(dot)com

Jennifer Scantlebury Vienneau said...

I am a fuser from waaaay back so although I have been a member of a Balitmore Beauty group for almost 25 years (we meet monthly), my skills in true Baltimore appliqué are lacking. I think the group tolerates me because I make them laugh..

Sylvia Klotz said...

I'm new to applique and have tried only a couple of methods. I tried thread sketching last night after reading this post though!

Dyann Cox said...

I usually do fusible and use a blanket to finish it. All appliqué looks great.... LOVE the birdies!!!! AND the technique for stitching really adds to the design😍 prismsaz@cox.net

Little Black Cat Quilting said...

I really like applique, there's just something about it. :) I've used the freezer paper method (after seeing your Apple Cake quilt!) and Heat n' Bond too. Both are great techniques that I'll keep using in the future! Your little birdies are adorable also!

Kathy L said...

I enjoy applique and usually use fusible web.

Bethany said...

I've done a little appliqué, and always used the light interfacing sewn around edge and the turn right side out.

Susan Clakson said...

I haven't tried applique yet. I've been a little fearful. The coaster is very cute, though, & I think it might give me the courage to try.

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