Susan Taylor Propst



Helpful Tips

Avoiding fraying with freezer paper applique: When I need to stitch an inside-V shape, I use a glue stick (washable glue). I dab a bit on after the freezer paper has been ironed on and only put it in the seam allowance of the inside-V. You can use your finger to make sure the glue goes into the V and to wipe off any excess. The glue will help prevent the fabric from fraying, and the freezer paper keeps the glue from getting onto the portion of the fabric that will show.

Reversing an applique pattern: Trace the pattern onto either clear plastic or very thin interfacing. You can use this as an overlay for placing the applique pieces, but you can also turn the plastic or interfacing over and you have the reverse of the pattern. Place a white sheet of paper under the reversed plastic when tracing freezer paper shapes to make the lines easy to see.
Removing freezer paper: Use tweezers to help remove freezer paper from behind the applique. If the freezer paper is really holding on, dab some water on the fabric and it will soften the paper so that it can be removed.
Template holes: To puncture the holes in templates that are used to mark important intersections, I use an old sewing machine needle. Place the template on your mat board, position the needle at the correct position, and push it through. The holes are the perfect size.
Applique small pieces: This tip comes from my friend Susan Bryan - an expert appliquer. When you need to stitch a very small piece, such as an eye, cut a small piece of ultra-suede and stitch in place. There's no need to turn a seam allowance under, and you can cut the shape exactly the right size.
Quilting parallel lines in a hoop: Rather than starting each line and moving the hoop back and forth, I load multiple needles with thread and stitch what can be stitched in the hoop before moving the hoop.

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