Susan Taylor Propst



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Reader Question My Response
Do you have a suggestion for where to buy Setacolor transparent paints?

I buy my paints from Dharma Trading Company. They have a wonderful range of products for fabric coloring and the prices are reasonable. Their website is:

What weight thread do you use for appliqué? This is a tricky question because not all 50 or 60 weight thread is actually the same thickness. I basically look at the thickness of the thread and the quality, and if it will hide well I use it (particularly when the color is a good match). So sometimes I will use 50 weight with some brands of thread, sometimes 60 weight.
Do you use silk thread or cotton thread for appliqué? I personally use cotton thread for two reasons. The first is that I like to have the thread match the fabric and I use cotton fabric. The other reason is that I am not convinced that silk is as durable as cotton (based largely on seeing old quilts where the silk has disintegrated). Today's silk thread may be better than older fabrics, but until they have proven the test of time, I would prefer to use a fiber that I know has some longevity to it.
May I use your patterns from your books to make cushions to sell?

The copyright for the books allows for personal use only. If you want to make items to sell, you must get written permission from the publisher: Martingale/That Patchwork Place.

Update: For use of patterns from the "Beautiful Birds", "Birds North and South", and "Beautiful Blocks" books, please contact me directly as written permission will be required to avoid copyright infringement.

I have some poly/cotton fabric that I'd like to use. Do I have to use 100% cotton fabric or can I use the poly/cottons? You can certainly use the poly/cotton if it suits the project. I personally prefer to use 100% cotton for appliqué because it finger presses as you stitch, making the job a bit easier. But I'm all for using what you have, particularly when it is visually suitable, rather than buying fabric unnecessarily. What's more important than the fiber content is the thread count because a loosely woven fabric will be difficult to stitch without fraying.
Did you quilt around each petal of the rose and if so what color did you use. I used embroid. cotton in each color to appliqué with.What size needle do you appliqué with? I did quilt around each petal of the rose - I used medium red for the red rose and invisible thread for the yellow rose. I didn't switch colors - just used the same for the entire rose. I like to stitch in the ditch for appliqué because it makes the pieces seem more dimensional. I appliqué with a milliner's or straw needle, usually a #10 or #11 depending on the brand (with some brands the #11 is almost impossible to thread). I like the Richard Hemming & Son milliner's needles and I like milliner better than appliqué needles because of the extra length.
I have just bought your book Beautiful Blooms.  On reading the instructions to appliqué flowers to the background, I am left wondering what happens to the freezer paper template?  Does it stay in the cushion or wall hanging or is the background fabric cut away, I've read through the instructions and can't find the answer, perhaps I have just missed that piece of information. ) I'm glad you emailed about that question. The freezer paper does need to be removed because it will crumple when you wash it otherwise. That is an oversight in the instructions in the book, so hopefully this has not created any confusion.
I have recently purchased your book, which is an inspiration to do more appliqué work. I found at the back of your book a section "Gallery" with a picture of the Poinsettia. I was wondering whether you have or will be issuing this as a pattern or will feature in a future publication.

Thank you very much for your email and for your interest in the poinsettia pattern. The poinsettia pattern will be appearing in a new book "Another Season of Beautiful Blooms" due out Jan 2010.


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