I am working away at my Needle turn appliqué tulips..as you all know.... by the ongoing posts of my gradual progress. I am learning and getting better, but thought I would share a few tips that I have learned along the way.
First...I am not an expert! So take anything I say with a that in mind! But I did learn a lot on line from other bloggers.
This is a really great post about Needle Turn Appliqué..over at Cabbage Quilts.
I have to admit, I thought I was "cheating" by finger pressing the pieces first! But Cathy assures me I am still "legal" LOL
Finger pressing the edges makes it so much easier to fold under the edge with the needle.
Next...learning to tie a "quilters knot" made a huge difference. Who knew?? It is larger, and doesn't pull through. There is a great instruction post here..so I won't repeat the directions.
When I started, I would hide the knot in the fold of the appliqué piece..
But I found that sometimes it would pull through, probably because it is usually at the raw edge of the material. So I find that it is better to come through from the underside, going through the background fabric as well as the appliqué piece..
I like to hold the work on my lap, as I usually do this when I am watching TV, but found that I had some trouble keeping it level, and not poking my finger. So I started using the plastic template sheet under to stabilize the work, and find that works great. This is just a plastic loose leaf divider page.
I am still having some trouble with the points! They seem a bit bulky and difficult to tuck under.
First, cut off the end of the point..
I stitch to the point...
add a stitch at the very end of the point..
Then turn the corner and tuck under the other edge..
It works, but sometimes looks and feels a little thick and bulky..
Linking up now to the Needle and Thread Network...
and Freshly Pieced WIP..