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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

FOR THE MASSES

Hello, Quilters!  It's Jill from Jillily Studio.  It's so nice to be here again.  I have been reading through all the recent posts again.  Aren't they great!  I am so glad to be included again in the list of guest posters.  It is an honor. 

I thought that today I would share a tutorial of a technique with you.  And since I LOVE to applique, how about that?  I know that many of you are expert at applique, but some of you have never tried it, because you think it is too hard, so I would like to share my applique method:
Applique the Jillily Way!
This makes it easy for ANYONE to do applique!  I call it "applique for the masses" because it really is easy for anyone.  Applique adds sooooo much to a pieced quilt.  Just take a look at these examples:

In this quilt (CABIN FEVER)  the simple log cabin blocks would really be boring without the applique, and may I add that there are very few, easy shapes.
Now this quilt (CITRUS SALAD) would be lost without those beautiful applique blocks! (And those shapes are easy, too!)

Here's an example of a mostly pieced quilt (GARDEN ROWS) that is so enhanced by the applique that it" reads" as an applique quilt.  Really there is only one applique row, and a few stems on some flowers.

This quilt I know you have seen before, (sorry) but it is a good example of my next point:  Don't be afraid of vines.  They are a good way to fill up a LOT of empty space with very little effort.

 Now let's learn how to do it!  First take 4 pieces of freezer paper, stack them together, all with the shiny side DOWN, 

and press them with a hot iron.

They will fuse together, giving you one dull side on top and one shiny side on bottom.  (Be careful NOT to put two shiny sides facing each other, because you will end up with a lovely handmade piece of cardstock!)
 Now cut your shape out of the heavy freezer paper.  (If you need to trace your pattern, do it on a single sheet of freezer paper before you fuse them together.)
 Place the template shiny side down on the back of your fabric.  Press in place (it will stick).  Cut out around the shape leaving a 1/4" seam allowance.  Just eyeball this, it doesn't have to be perfect.
 Now take some spray starch and spray it into a cup.  It will foam up and then liquify.  You can use spray sizing or Best Press if you prefer, but regular old grocery store starch works great.
 Use a stencil brush to "paint" the seam allowance of your applique shape.
Slide your hot iron over the piece, folding the seam allowance up over the template.  Use an awl to hold the shape so you don't get burned.  (The voice of experience...)  I love my awl!  I can pull the seam allowance up over the template with it and not get fried.  Keep your iron in place long enough to dry the starch and set the crease.
Some folks will tell you to use a small craft iron here.  Not me!  I like a BIG, HOT, HEAVY iron.  It is fast and easy.  You don't have to push on it, and it does the work of gently 'easing' the fabric over the curve of your template.
 When the piece has cooled, just pull out the template.  You can use it again several times until it looses it's sticky-ness.  (yes, I'm sure that is a word.)
To attach the piece to your background, we need to baste in place.  Of course we want the BEST and EASIEST way to baste----Ta-Dah--in comes Jillily Studio Appli-Glue!
The tapered tip allows you to put just a tiny drop every half inch or so in the seam allowance of your prepared piece.  (The tip can be removed for easy cleaning, and so it won't clog or rust!)  The best part is that the glue is "Archival" --meaning that it is safe for the fabrics in your quilt.  It is water soluble, so you do need to stitch, but it will hold all the pieces of your applique block in place until you get around to stitching.
I like to glue baste all the pieces of my block at once, so that now all the prep work is done on my block and all I need to do is stitch.  It makes your project portable--you don't need to carry all the little individual pieces (where is piece 23b??!),  and the placement diagram (I know I had that yesterday!).

All you need is your block and needle and thread, (my favorites are the Bohin applique needles, and Aurifil 50 wt. cotton thread)
 and, of course, your Poke-A-Dots.  Yup, Poke-A-Dots.  These are the neatest little things!  They allow you to push your needle without getting poked, and without the bulk of a thimble. 
They are a sticky thimble you put on your finger. You can re-stick them if you stop in the middle to, say, eat a piece of chocolate cake...
Now to stitch your applique, knot your thread and come up from the back, bring your needle out the fold of the applique.  Use a blind stitch, with all the traveling from stitch to stitch done on the back so you don't see it.
Remember all these handy supplies to do applique the Jillily Way.  Give it a try, you will be surprised how easy it is.  When ever I have a booth at an event, I demonstrate this method, and the quilters are always so amazed at how easy it is.  Please come see me if I am at an event near you, and I will be happy to show you in person!
I hope you have not been too bored with this post, but I am out of time and space, so I will have to show you how to do the vines on my own blog later this month.
I think we need to give a prize away if you stayed long enough to read this whole thing!!  Leave a comment here AND sign up to follow me on my blog and you could win a bunch of applique supplies: Poke-A-Dots, Appli-Glue, needles, stencil brush and an awl-- and a pattern or two.  I will choose a couple of winners on Friday night.  The lucky winners will be ready to applique the days away!
Happy Quilting,

OK, we have the winners of the Jillily Studio drawing from Tuesday's post:

KatieQ of NY in the USA
and
Linda K of Georgia in the USA

If you are one of these people, email me to give me your address and I will ship your prizes!  
(jill@jillilystudio.com)

I told you that I would be showing you how to make vines and stems for applique, and I have not forgotten!  I will have to do that next week after the Memorial Day holiday weekend (over at my blog, jillilystudio.blogspot.com).  See you then----
Have a great weekend!
Jill


148 comments:

  1. I use freezer paper, but single layer - like the idea of multi-layer. Would like to try the glue method - those little pins prick. And I hate a thimble so maybe I need some dots. Thank you for sharing your tutorial today. I am already a follower of your blog and look forward to you method of vines.

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  2. I love applique and new ideas and helps are great. Thanks. And I really need to check out those nifty looking Poke a Dots.

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  3. I really need some of those Poke a Dots I hate using a thimble. I already follow you.

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  4. Love the idea of the poke a dots, beats a hole in the finger

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  5. I haven't tried this idea before but will certainly give it a go now. Gillian

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  6. Seeing your tutorial makes me want to give applique a try again. Love those poke a dots!
    Please count me in!

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  7. Enjoyed seeing your method of freezer paper. I'd love to try the Poke A Dots to see if they'd help me heal up the hole in my finger!

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  8. Thanks for the great tutorial and give-away. Hope to use this method in the future.
    nbtay@sbcglobal.net

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  9. I'm a follower of your blog.
    nbtay@sbcglobal.net

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  10. Wow this is an awesome appliqué tute!! It is very clear and makes appliqué seem doable. Thank you! I would LOVE one of those awls as I've burned myself more times than I care to remember. I've signed up to your blog for more handy tips!

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  11. This is a great tutorial! I'm relatively new to applique and would love to try out your method. Thank you for sharing it.

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  12. You do make it look easy! Perhaps I DO need all those great supplies! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  13. I checked out your Blog and followed it over here. I am a recent follower. Great Tutorial. I always enjoy learning a new tip to make it easier. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  14. I love all those wonderful things you are offering as a prize and would LOVE to be the lucky recipient! I also love your clever applique the Jilly Way post. Thanks so much for the great information. I am definitely a follower now. Glad to have discovered you through Stash Manicure! Thanks Madam Samm!
    ~a

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  15. Enjoyed the lesson (tutorial.) And, I love your new blog look! I am a follower of your blog.

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  16. Wonderful lesson on applique. I love your patterns and would love to win some poke-a-dots. I am a follower of you blog.

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  17. Very appreciative of the lesson and tips. Now following your blog and looking forward to learning more!

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  18. Very straight forward instructions! Thanks :D I really like Citrus Salad.

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  19. Thanks for teaching me more great ideas!!!
    I may try some applique soon :)

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  20. I use freezer paper for some of my applique, but 4 layers would give you extra templates. I'm already a follower on your blog.

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  21. I follow (and love) your blog! Thanks for the tips!

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  22. Nonnie moultee@aol.comMay 24, 2011 at 6:15 AM

    I have never used FP. Your applique looks so easy I cannot wait to try it. Applqiue is my favorite thing to do. I do carry all those little pieces with me . Not anymore. Thank you so much
    I will be following your blog also

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  23. Great post!!! I do have a question - do you trim the fabric after stitching your applique pieces?

    I am a follower of your blog - which looks great!!!

    Thanks,

    Lucy

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  24. Good Morning Jill, what is it with red and white that makes me stop at attention...lol Your Cabin fever well it has me heated to say the least...LOVE IT, your ( around town) ? the one with the houses...love that love that...I do see your love of green sew evident...NOW if I could just warm up to the idea of your appliqué'm...I took a class in needle turning, I thought I would die from boredom...but this method, I think I could do it justice...your dots...just the name and I already embracing it...sew yes I want to win too..can I lol..

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  25. Thanks for sharing your knowledge & know-how!
    I'm off to join up as a follower on your blog!

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  26. Great Post....
    You make me want to try hand applique!
    I love your quilts with the combined techniques pieced and applique. And the poke a dots are genius.
    I'm a follower so sign me up.
    Hugs, Karen

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  27. I haven't seen those Poke-a-dots before. They look very interesting. I've signed up as a follower on your blog!

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  28. I am already a follower. I learned some things about applique today that I am excited to try. Thanks for sharing!

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  29. I loved your post today on applique - so much wonderful information. The Poke-a-dots are new to me so will be looking for them. Thank you for sharing and inspiring all of us. Judy C

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  30. Forgot to add that I am a loyal follower of your blog. Judy C

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  31. I learned to applique the same way you do so I use all your supplies - I'm working on Trellis right now and am determined to finish it soon so that it won't become a Christmas quilt, lol. I'm already a follower of your blog. Love the new header!

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  32. I like how even the simplest applique makes a quilt look special. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  33. Wonderful tutorial and post! Love your technique on applique... You make it look so easy and fun! I will give that freezer paper method a try. Can't wait to try the dots! Love all of your beautiful quilts. When I grow up I wanna be just like you!
    Fun giveway and I am a loyal follower already!:o)

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  34. Love those Poke-a-dots! Thanks for the tutorial--I'm going to try this!

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  35. I'm fascinated... must try this! And the poke a dots! I must have!!!!

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  36. I am just learning hand applique and am always looking for helpful tips. Thanks!

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  37. I have never tried the glue but I hear more and more about it. Maybe I will have to break my rule and try hand stitching something :)

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  38. I usually applique with freezer paper but use only one layer. I like the idea of using several for the template...and I like the idea of the glue. Seems better than using a pin. Thanks for the tutorial! I agree that a little applique on a quilt adds so much.

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  39. Very nice tutorial! I just became a follower. I've always done needle-turn applique with the freezer paper on the top of the applique piece, but you're right - putting the pieces on the quilt until I'm ready to sew them is the challenge. I also never knew that you could iron layers of freezer paper together! I'd love to win all the goodies needed to try your method. But if I don't, where can I buy them?

    PS - this commenting is really frustrating today - I am signed into my Google account and it still calls me anonymous. I'm Kristen at tenquilts [at] gmail!

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  40. I've used the Poke-a-dots and they are wonderful! Thank you for the post. I'm already a follower.

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  41. Thank you Jill, looks like a great way to applique! I would love to win some tools to try it out. I'm a follower of your blog and here :)

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  42. Thanks for all of the great tips! I am somewhat afraid of applique - but now am looking forward to giving it another try!

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  43. This is the method I use for applique' makes it easy doesn't it. Those dots look interesting.

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  44. I really would love to learn to applique any way...so to learn the Jillily way first would seem the right way, correct? Thanks for your tutorial!

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  45. I have not seen that house quilt and I think it is great. I have done only a little applique and look forward to trying it your way. I have made your hugs and kisses quilt three times and everyone loves it!

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  46. Thanks so much for the tutorial. I love the look of applique, but have always been a chicken to try it. You have given me a push to get started!
    Sorry for the "Anonymous" comment, but Google doesn't seem to be working for me today.
    mcdurhamathotmaildotcom

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  47. I have been a loyal follower of yours for some time...and now....where do I get that glue? Thanks for the tutorial. I soooo love the quilts you have shown....amazing.

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  48. Great tutorial! I cannot wait for the vines one! I already follow your blog :)!

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  49. I'm already a follower. I read the blogs I follow by alphabetical order, so I was already at your blog this AM and followed your over here. I really crave some Poke a Dots.

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  50. I love this method of applique'!! And your products are the best. Love your designs, too. I am already a cyber-stalker on your blog (great new look!) Love your designs, love your energy!

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  51. I am one of "those"....we tried applique but didn't have the awesome Jililly supplies! It was not a pretty sight. I am inspired, though, to try again! Hope I can win and make another effort! I follow your blog - want to see those vines, now that I feel like I CAN do it!
    Jacque in SC
    quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)Com

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  52. I can't wait to give applique your way a try. Thanks for the tips and I'm now a follower on your blog too.

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  53. I have always been afraid of applique but I think with your step by step tutorial, I can try this! Thank yoiu so much!!

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  54. I've always meant to try this method of applique. Thanks for the tutorial! I'm now a follower. Can't wait for the vine tutorial. Okay, I'm having problems posting through google so I will try as anonymous. DebrafromMD

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  55. Really like the starch trick so I don't have to remember to take out the freezer paper. I need to try the glue, too.

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  56. I love the applique/pieced quilts-especially the log cabin! I never thought of using a stiletto (I don't have one, anyway), when using the iron, and I have never seen Poke-a-dots, so I have learned a lot from your article. Thanks so much!

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  57. Hmm, just tried to post. I would like to try your glue and dots. I agree, applique can add so much to a quilt. Dee-jessibir@hickorytech.net - can't seem to post with google today

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  58. i would love to win, i have been want to try and applique. I am a follower to your blog

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  59. Forgot to mention I following both yours and Stash Manicure's blog. Dee-jessibir@hickorytech.net - can't seem to post with google today. I was agle to google post on Jill's blog - weird.

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  60. I can't wait to give this a try, it seems really simple and straight forward.

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  61. Very cool! I might try this.

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  62. I have been reading your blog for some time now. LOVED the skits from the retreat. Your quilts always sparkle with the appliqué. I have been nervous to try on my own quilts, but your method take the scariness out of it. I think I could be brave enough to try with your technique.

    Nicole P

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  63. Ooohhh!!! Those Poke-a-dots are just about the cutest things I have seen in a long time! I learned to sew years ago using a thimble and just can't sew without one now. It's pretty cumbersome & insists on getting lost!! But the Poke-a-dot looks like it would set me free... woohoo!!! Hope to win, but if I don't, where can I buy?

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  64. Tammy KolowinskiMay 24, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Thank You for your tips....I just signed up to follow your beautiful blog....I super enjoyed looking at your booth at quilt market...how cute!!

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  65. I've been afraid to try applique but your method seems so doable that I'm going to give it a try! Thank you so much!

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  66. I have not tried applique but I want to. Your instructions were very clear and I would love to try the dots! Thanks for sharing :)
    PS. I have joined your blog :)

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  67. Your applique is beautiful. I hadn't tried the glue baste before but will give it a try. I like having portable projects.

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  68. Wow! You make this look so easy! My group is working on a project soon that requires applique - I'm going to try it!

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  69. I'm following your blog! Can't wait to see the vine tutorial!

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  70. Love the tutorial. I follow your blog and your new look is so fresh and lovely. Madame Samm does nice work! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  71. I'm so used to my thimble, I can wear it all day and forget about it. I bought a tin your dots (when I bought the new scallop templates) for my 8-1/2 year old daughter. We are learning how to make yo-yos for a dog. I am going to get serious about applique. I love your patterns. Especially the ones with vines.

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  72. Can't wait to try this method of applique!
    Thanks for the great tutorial.
    I also follow your blog.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  73. Thanks for the great tutorial! I am always on the look out for new ways to try applique. Would love to try this way,

    I follow your blog already!
    Sandy A

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  74. I love applique and do quite a lot of it. But I've never glued down all my pieces before. I'm gonna give it a try on my next block and see how I like it. Thanks for the tip.
    Oh...and I already follow your blog.

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  75. I'm a follower of your blog! Thanks for the tutorial. I have done this method of applique, but I love to see everyone's little tweaks in the method. Also, thanks for showing some products that I hadn't heard of before!

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  76. I am a follower of your blog. What a wonderful prize. I do a lot of hand piecing and hand quilting, so my poor little finger a this point has a hole in the tip. Oh those little dots would be a wonder!

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  77. I'm enjoying following your blog Jill (since your last guest post here). Thanks for sharing your products with us! This was a great tutorial.

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  78. Thank you for the great tutorial. I love you site and have purchased your book!

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  79. I am a follower of both sites! Love you girls!

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  80. I have tryed this before but not with to much luck, however the way you explain it and with the pictures it looks like I might beable to do this ! Thanks !

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  81. Great post and tutorial. Your bright, fresh designs always put a smile on my face. I'm a follower of your blog 'cause extra smiles are always welcome!

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  82. Great tutorial, I will have to try it out. Love the new look of your blog,

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  83. GREAT tutorial! Thanks for sharing!!-Myra

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  84. Oh! Just what I needed, really! I was talking to a friend last night saying how much I want to learn to appliqué... And here are your easy to follow instructions! Thanks! I'm going to visit your blog right now.....

    Amy

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  85. I love the tutorial this is the fastest and easiest way to do applique. I am a follower of your bog. The blog looks great!

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  86. The tutorial was great! I have done machine applique but not hand applique. With this method I think I would like to try it. I am a follower of your blog.

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  87. I love your method==I can tell I love it just from reading your description :). I taught myself how to applique years ago by reading a book, but I am so ready to switch to starch adn glue. Having the right tools makes all the difference when trying a new technique. Thanks a lot!

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  88. I also follow your blog. Thanks for your tutorial and your giveaway.

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  89. It seems I've been doing things the hard way. I seriously need to get myself some glue and some Poka-Dots.

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  90. Great post....thank you. I did hope over to your blog and signed up to be a follower. What a neat and educational blog.

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  91. Loved the tutorial and the quilt examples you chose are so beautiful. I haven't done much applique, usually with Wonder Under and a buttonhole stitch. But now, I think I could actually do it with your method.

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  92. I'm a happy follower of your blog.

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  93. Thanks for the tutorial! Applique is on my to-do list and your instructions make it seem less terrifying. mangelnsm(at)aol(dot)com

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  94. I also follow your blog! mangelnsm(at)aol(d0t)com

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  95. Thanks for the tutorial and giveaway! I'm already a follower of Jill's blog.

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  96. Thanks for sharing this awesome applique technique - I will definitely use your tip!

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  97. I have always followed Stash Manicure and want to thank you for introducing Jill because I am now following her blog!

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  98. Thank you for posting this tutorial. I learned to applique with the turn as you go method. I have always been frustrated trying to do it, so I gave up trying to do applique. I can hardly wait to try your method.

    The other plus here is the "Poke-A-Dots", Thimbles and I don't seem to get along. I signed up for your blog and I am going to order a package of your dots.

    June Ayerza

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  99. Hi Jill..thanks for the tutorial and the chance to win some of your great products especially the cute little dots...I am now a follower of your blog...LindaB

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  100. Hi, Jill,

    Love your tips on applique. Can't wait to try a Poke-a-Dot!!! I'm now a follower of your blog, too! Thanks for your hard work and for sharing.

    Gloria

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  101. What a great tut! When you have the right tools and the right information, it makes all the difference. Thanks so much for sharing all those 'rights'!!

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  102. I have been wanting to learn to do hand applique for awhile now so this is a great tutorial and giveaway.

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  103. I really needed these instructions. I have collected all the fabrics to work on the BOM from Bunny Hill and she uses turned applique. I have only appliqued using fusible web, no turning. Thank you so much.

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  104. great ideas on appliquie, I have never seen the poke a dots before they look like they would help when quilting as well. I will have to give your method a try thanks for the give away

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  105. I'm already a Follower of your blog, just came from there as a matter of fact. Thanks for the good pictures on your method.

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  106. I loved the tutorial! Can't wait to try it! I have a suggestion - use liquid starch to paint the edges of the applique. I'm already a blog follower. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  107. Great tutorial! I enjoy applique and am always open to different methods. I will be trying this soon. Thank you!

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  108. Oh my!!!! I loved your tutorial, thank you soooooooooooooooo much for sharing, I became your new follower, love your quilts, would love to give it a try (it's a hint-hint), ;) lol

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  109. I haven't done applique for a long time. This method seems so much easier.

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  110. I can't wait to try this method! I have tried every thimble out there, but I think I've finally found my answer! Can't wait to try the Poke-a-Dots! I am now a new follower too!

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  111. I am looking forward to trying this method of applique, thanks for all the good pictures for this visual learner. The poke-a-dots seems like a much preferred notion to the stiff & often mis-sized thimbles in my collection. I love the idea that I can switch easily which finger I am using to push the needle through; as arthritis doesn't like the same repetitive motion. I am a new follower on your blog as well. Thanks for the chance at some of your Poke-a-dots & appli-glue. It's all new to me.

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  112. I became a follower.
    thanks for the chance to win your give aways!
    suecshamekhatgmaildotcom

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  113. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial. I have become a follower.

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  114. This is a wonderful tutorial, just what I needed ( am trying to do needleturn applique) thanks.
    I became a follower of your blog and am sorry I hadn't found it earlier :-(.
    I also never heard of poke-a-dots. Thank you for a chance to win this give away.
    Dytch hugs

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  115. Thanks for the chance to win!! I'm going to try this method for sure and it would be great to start out with everything I need. Just love " Poke-A-Dots" LOL. Signed up to follow your blog, too. Thanks

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  116. I'm a follower and a subscriber! I'm going to add some applique to the top I'm working on now! It's Roman stripes - and in the solid areas - wouldn't applique be really fun! It's black with BRIGHTS! Should be interesting! By the way - great tutorial!! Thanks!

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  117. I have a friend who so swears by this method you've done the tutorial on that in our quilt guild it's become a fun way to tease her...we all adore her and she knows it so she's the applique lady to us (as well as the prairie point lady since she loves those too). I mostly have done needle turn in the past but I'm ready to convert after seeing this. blessings, marlene
    Oh and I'm a follower. :)

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  118. Thanks for the instructions, I really love applique, but haven't tried the starch method! Looks much easier. I am excited to try the Poke-a-dots. What a great idea! Julie

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  119. I definitely follow your blog! You do such beautiful work! Thank you for the tutorial.

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  120. Thank you for the applique 101 because I want to learn how to applique. I already follow stashmanicure and blogger says that I already follow you too! Hope I'm a winner.

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  121. Love it. I will definitely be using this method.

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  122. Me encanta su blog, y todos tus consejos gracias y un saludo.

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  123. I love to do applique by machine and have always wanted to try hand applique. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  124. I think I'm ready to try applique now--I've been afraid to try before this. Thanks for the clear instructions!

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  125. Thank-you thank-you. Who know that applique could be so easy. I have never made a quilt with applique, only made 4 quilts ever! I am now looking forward to trying this.

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  126. Love your patterns. Trellis is definitely a favorite. As far as I'm concerned, yours is the only way to do applique.

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  127. Thank you for the tutorial. I love, love, love your Dots and glue... and recommend them to any one who hand appliques!

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  128. Oooo, hope I'm not too late for the prizes; I haven't had much computer time lately. Love your tutorial.

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  129. I'm now a follower of your blog Jill. Thanks for the great tutorial.

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  130. I follow your blog and would love some supplies to try your great applique method!

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  131. I have followed your blog for some time now~ I love the way you do applique. I haven't been able to find any poke-a-dots yet. They look very interesting! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  132. Thanks for the tips! Stacking the freezer paper is a great idea!
    I follow you!

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  133. I always love to learn new techniques. Every time I see a tutorial in applique I think "I'm going to do this...I CAN do this!". This time I'm going to give it a try!
    Thanks for the inspiration. BTW I'm a follower on your blog too:-)

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  134. Hand applique looks so beautiful, but I don't have the patience needed. Maybe it's because I haven't found the right method... I have to try yours! Hugs Ullis in Sweden

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  135. I would love a chance to win this. I tried to comment several days ago and couldn't get it to take. So I am trying again after I read your post today on your blog to give it another try.
    Karen
    http://karensquilting.com/blog/

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  136. I would love a chance to enter your drawing. i tried to enter several days ago, and blogger is having issues again. If you comment with Name/URL (your blog http) instead of google it will work my email is mommarock at verizon dot net should I win

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  137. great tutorial. i've been wanting to do more applique and you have just given me the motivation to get started!

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  138. Wow, what a wonderful chance to win a wonderful prize package! Thanks for your inspiration and a chance to win =)

    I am headed downstairs to work on my applique skills!

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  139. And finally after some trouble I'm a follower on your blog. Hugs Ullis in Sweden

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  140. I just joined your site. Thank you so much for a chance to win your awesome prize package. I AM SO EXCITED! I want to learn to applique and I Love, Love, Love your method; can hardly wait to try it. I have a pattern in mind and will post a picture when I get it done.

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  141. Wow! Applique is something on my "to learn" list! This would be a great start!!!

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  142. Love all the helpful hints-have done only a little applique, love the look of it though!

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  143. I follow your blog! I live the look of appliqué but am still a beginner trying to find my right technique! I would love to win your giveaway, great post!

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  144. Thanks so much for sharing this method! I've never heard of the polka dots before! I'm signing up to be a follower.

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