Sunday, October 24, 2010

Christmas Past Give-Away

Nothing like doing the weekly stash report to motivate me to move stuff out of the Quilting Condo!



This kit is from the book by Mount Redoubt Designs titled "The Spirit of Christmas." The kit contains 8.535 yards of 36 different and beautiful batiks and the book is included. The quilt finishes at 47 x 56, or can be made into four smaller wallhangings. Instructions for doing it both ways are included.

I bought this in 2007, I think, but decided that I'm not real good at fusible web applique. I know it goes quickly, but I guess I'm just from the old school. (Maybe I'm just old!) I love needleturn applique. So the kit sat untouched.

Perhaps one of you will want to own it and love it! If so, leave a comment here and tell me why you prefer fusible applique over the other methods. I'm open to changing my mind on my preferred method! Maybe you can teach an old dog new tricks after all! The drawing will be random, but you must talk about fusible applique in the comment to be eligible. And don't forget to leave your email address or a link to your blog so that I can get in touch with you if you're the winner.

The drawing will be held on Wednesday, 10/27/10, when I get home from work. Let's say 8:00 p.m. California time. That will give me a chance to walk Penny before she has to pull a name out of the bowl!

Maybe she'll cooperate this time since she seemed VERY interested in this kit!



Tuesday night note: The drawing is tomorrow night, and my modem is acting up again. So if you don't see a winner announced, that means it was out and I'll post the winner when I get to work on Thursday morning. Good luck to everyone!

70 comments:

Kathryn said...

I like fusible applique for wall hanging type projects, not for quilts that will get used and washed. It's like art class in grade school where you'd cut construction paper shapes, and past them on a background. Kathie L in Allentown

Rhonda P. said...

Love the fusible web because it is so fast and easy!
Great giveaway!

Karen said...

I love christmas and fusible applique as it is quick and easy and that's what I'm about. Love Penny too-too cute!

Carol said...

Oh she's a very interested girl...maybe she likes fusible!

Gwen said...

I have done some fusible applique with the edges hand buttonhole stitched! What a job! That doesn't make it fast and easy! I would love to try doing this kit in needleturn. I bet it can be done! Hugs!

Natalie said...

I prefer fussible because that's all I know how to do! Plus it is fast.

Quiltersal said...

Hi, Vickie: I love fusible applique for the speed....I'm quite an impatient quilter - I want to do it all and see it all done and there simply isn't enough time to do it all! Fusible lets me see the finished project sooner. But only for smaller projects...I wouldn't want to trust fusible for a larger project that will be handled and washed repeatedly. Pick me, I love Mt. Redoubt designs!!!!!!!!!!!!

sharon said...

I like all kinds of applique but must admit fusible is great because it is so fast. Would love to try the Mt. Redoubt design! Thank you for having such a wonderful give away. Sharonj.

Sandie ~call me crazy said...

Oh cute Penny, pick me! LOL I cannot seem to get the hang of needle turn applique and always have points. Fusible is great for wall hangings and small projects because it is easy to get nice shapes. I like to cut out 'windows' on larger pieces, so it doesn't end up stiff. ;-) Thanks for the chance!

Kathleen said...

I was a die hard needleturn appliquer (is that a word?) - but couldn't do everything I wanted to do. A friend convinced me to do fusible on an online BOM and I see the benifit. I can actually get a block done in the month it's posted! I also discovered McKenna Ryan which is fusible. I also discovered Ellie Siencowies (sp?) which is needleturn. So it depends. I guess for fast wall hangings or lots of really small pieces, I'd use fusible. For more classic or frequently used quilts, needleturn.

Darlene said...

Fabulous giveaway, Vicky! I'm not entering - I've already been the winner of a $50 gift certificate from you. teehee! I have not spent it yet. :-)

Kristie said...

I honestly like the look of the needleturn applique better but I just don't have the nerve to try it! :) I'm always afraid that I will not get it smooth and nice looking. So when I do applique it is ALWAYS fusible applique!
Kristie

Mary-Kay said...

I love fusible applique especially in batiks. They always look great. This is one way to reduce your stash, give it away. I'll have to try that.

julieQ said...

Vicki! I cannot see how you can part with this lovely kit...I am hoping it comes my way! I love fusible applique because I can hand blanket stitch the edges...my favorite thing to do on a cool evening! Hand work just rocks my world! Good luck to everyone!!

Kathie said...

how nice of you I love Christmas quilts but I am with you I prefer needeturn applique
so good luck to everyone who wold love to make this quilt...
Kathie

Deb said...

I have always been a fusible web applique person,with buttonhole stitching. BUT, last weekend I took an invisible applique class where we use the water soluable fusible web and then use a different stitch with the smoke colored clear thread. It's very fast and you use a method similar to needle turn to have the finished edges and when you're done you can't see the stitches at all! Ths new method is a little slower than the buttonhole method, but it looks much nicer, more professional and finished. Loved it and will try it on my next applique project. Thanks for the chance to win!

carent1@neb.rr.com

Simone de Klerk said...

Wow, what a generous giveaway! Well, why I like fusible appliqué: it is faster, more relaxed to do, it gives a nice border to what you are appliquéing, your thread doesn't get tangled in the pins if you use pins and the lines are always exact, without edges that shouldn't be there (that is what happens with me when needle turning).
Not sure I could come up with more reasons. Havbe you ever tried it?

jlk said...

I've never done needle turn. That looks like a beautiful quilt!

Linda in PA said...

I really like using fusible web for applique. I've tried sewing down the applique and it just takes too long and never looks very good. That is a really nice kit. Thanks for the giveaway.
lraetaylor@gmail.com

dianne said...

i dunno ... i am not good at the "a" word ... and i haven't actually TRIED the "a" word with fusible ... maybe i should call that the "f" word ... which, together with the "a" word, would make it the "fa" word ... which goes along with the whole fa la la la la christmas thing, huh?

Erica said...

What a lovely kit! I have done some fusible web applique; it definitely takes practice for me! Thanks for the giveaway.

Marcia said...

Needle-turn applique is beyond what my large hands can manipulate. So, I would like to learn to use fusible applique. (Insert here my vision of making a Ricky Timms Rhapsodie quilt.) A kit like this can help me learn with a method that is fast and easy (per other posts). Saw a few techniques on Love of Quilting which reduce the bulk of the fusible so the quilt is softwer. Plus, don't own anything quilty for Christmas so that would be fun too. Thanks for the great giveaway.

James-Linda said...

LOVE FUSIBLE APPLIQUE IN THE MAKING+QUILTING OF SMALL ITEMS,SUCH AS CHRISTMAS GIFTS,OR ANY ITEMS THAT WILL NOT BE LAUNDERED.FOR ME IT IS FAST+EASY.THANKS FOR SHARING! LOVE,LINDA

jldouglas@wispwest.net

Erika said...

I like fusible applique for wall hangings. It's quick and easy and it always turns out great. I love the look of needle turn applique, but it's not for me.
Thanks for the chance to win.

Michelle said...

Well, to be honest - I don't care for the 'A' thing. I did it once on my Happy Jack wall hanging and it was okay. But after seeing your beautiful kit using the fusible web 'A' method, it perked my ears up. I would love the chance to try that technique. Thanks for the chance to win.

Carol said...

I use fusible web almost exclusively for applique. I'm not a big fan of handwork except for sewing on bindings. Fusible applique looks good and is easy and if you use rayon or variegated thread for the buttonhole or satin stitch, it adds a whole new dimension to the quilt. Your kit is one I've been tempted by several times, but unfortunately, I always found something I 'needed' more.

Brenda said...

I like fusible web because it will hold my appliques securely while i blanket stitch around them or machine stitch.

Sharon said...

With fusible, I feel like an artist in no time. Plus I'm a bit of a control freak with my quilting and I love doing the blanket stitch around every little piece. It gives me a chance to use lots of beautiful threads. But just because it's fused doesn't mean it's fast, I have hand quilted several fused pieced. What a great giveaway!

lpnjam@aol.com said...

I like fusible applique and Mount Redoubt really makes it easy. Their directions are so very easy to follow and you end up with an excellent product. I also like needle turn method. I think it is like you use your oven and micro wave but for different applications. lpnjam@aol.com

Mystica said...

I haven't tried fusible web as yet (simply because its not available in Sri Lanka) but would be perfectly willing to try as so many people say its easy and quick.

Thank you for sharing.

mystica123athotmaildotcom

mascanlon said...

Just saying Hi! I'm a freezer paper girl, never have gotten good at needleturn and not interested in the f word...lol! What a sneaky way to lower your numbers, give it away!

Anonymous said...

Hi Vicki,
I have tried a little applique--both fusible and needle turn methods. I liked the speed of fusible and the look of the needle turn. I need practice on both methods. Your give a way is most generous and it would be fun to give it a whirl.
Have a great week!
Beverly
P.S. I don't have blog but I will return for a look and see who wins. : )

Melinda said...

I like both fusible applique and regular hand applique and do both. I recently finished a cute wall hanging called "The Witch is In" using fusible applique.

Kim said...

I like the fusible applique because it's quick and easy. I would usually blanket stitch or something around it. I have only used it on one or two quilts, but more often on wall hangings and decorated sweatshirts. I'd love to win your giveaway.

Laura T said...

I love fusible applique because it's immediate gratification and fast. I don't really have the time for needle turn applique and I'm successful with fusible applique and love the look of it. It's important to use really light weight fusible and I really love using different threads for stitching the pieces. It's just really fun. I would love to win the kit as I love the designs from Letitia Hutchings and remember that design of hers in particular as I love everything Winter and Christmas!
Laura T

Carol said...

I like both types of appliqué. I like the fusible method when I'm doing blanket stitching by machine for a quick appliqué project.

WoolenSails said...

I do a lot of hand quilting, but would love to do machine applique too. I love their designs and I bought some special feet for my machine to do applique with. Now I need to learn how.

Debbie

AnnieO said...

That's a beautiful kit, Vicky! I like fusible applique in some situations because it's a faster finish than needleturn. I like using the kind that is repositionable (Steam a Seam Lite)before you finalize by ironing. Needleturn is the best choice in a lot of quilts, tho. Thanks for the chance to win!

Claudia said...

I like the fusible, because it's fast. I also like it because I was able to took a class from Edita Sitar. She made it so fun to do by machine. So maybe taking a class would make you switch.

Laura said...

I'm not patient enough for needleturn applique ... and fusible gives me quick results!

DonnaCME said...

I've never learned needle-turn applique (but have wanted to!), so fusible is my method of choice. I love the look of traditional applique, so maybe someday....!!
Thanks for your giveaway!!

elingu said...

What a wonderful kit - how can you give it away :-) I love to do needleturn applique but I also do fusible web applique for wallhangings that will never be washed, I bet this kit could be done with the needleturn method ...would love to try! Elin elingu at emax.is

hadacres said...

I like fusible applique cause that's all I have done. I keep seeing the needle turn mentioned but haven't had a chance to sit down & really figure it out. I love Xmas anything & when you add Batik to the mix as well as Penny scent it's a win-win situation. Please include me in your contest. hadacres at comcast.net

Leslie's Itchin to be Stitchin said...

I would just love to do this quilt. I am hooked on fusible applique. I'm presently working on Tiny Town by Bunny Hill and I love the way it goes together, quick and easy. I think that my favorite part is that I can ladder stitch the edges in co-ordinating thread. I guess I'm just one of those " let's get r done" people. Thanks for the chance of winning this fabulous giveaway.

Ginny said...

I just did a project with 15 girls at my church last week with fusible applique. The girls ranged in age from 12-16 and they had a ball. I love fusible, and I think my love was contagious!

donminic22@hotmail.com

Paula and Mel said...

When I started quilting (1 yr ago) I took a quilting class. We were taught fusible applique. That is all I know. I love it and it is so easy to do.
Love the kit and it looks like a lot of fun to make. Thanks for the great give away and Good Luck to all.
Paula

gill said...

I've tried other methods but fusible is quick and easy!
Thanks for the giveaway!
Gill

Ann said...

Hi Vickie,

I like fusible applique, but most of my projects are needle-turn. However, this would be a great Christmas present for my mom. Her hobby is making Christmas decorations.

Quilt Hollow said...

Fusible for me is about the only way to go with a larger applique piece. I've been taught TWICE on needleturn and my patience just isn't there if you know what I mean. Would love opportunity to win.

Quilt Monkey said...

I've often had this inner battle between needle-turn and fusible applique. I just love the look of needle-turn but wasn't good at it for the longest time. I've now done several fusible applique projects and I like it more each time I do it. I think it depends on how you finish your edges. I like to use a very tiny machine blanket stitch with matching thread and it comes out looking very nice. I believe in the end you have to think of them as two completely differnt techniques, rather than one being a short-cut method of the other. Some projects are best with fusible and others are best with needle-turn.

flowercat said...

Linda in WA
I love doing fusible applique for wall hangings and have always wanted to do a Christmas one. Have seen several of the Ryan appliques - they are beautiful.
Also do hand applique by needle turn.

rjk said...

I like fusable applique because I am new at quilting and it is something that I can do and finish. So it is good for beginners.

Anonymous said...

I would love to be entered in your generous giveaway. I wish I could do needleturn applique, but because of time and skill restraints I end up doing mostly fusible. Would love to win this kit and gorgeous fabrics!

Marilyn (mrobinson@ggfirm.com)

Kathy H said...

I used to only like fusible applique because that was the only kind that I knew how to do. But after several classes, I now like needle turn also. However I usually pick fusible because it is so much quicker and I think more accurate (at least for me). I would love to win your giveaway. Thanks for the chance.

Susan said...

I do more fusible applique because I find it relaxing to sit at the machine and button hole stitch all the pieces down. Some quilters find needle turn relaxing but I'm just the opposite. I've tried needle turn applique but didn't find it enjoyable due to the fact that I felt like I was all thumbs. Thanks for offering another fabulous giveaway!

Leah S said...

I love the green fabric on the left.

Teresa Felgueiras said...

I don't have much experience in working with fusible applique, maybe I would improve my skills if I won your Kit.

Eleana said...

If you pick my name, i'm so local i can show you my progress. Still gotta order the oh,la la Paris quilt pattern. Spoke with Jan this past week, Ginger's can't order it for me. Pick me!! Hope to bump into you soon!

Eleana said...

I meant Jane not Jan.. oh boy!!

Gayle said...

My favorite way to use fusible web when appliqueing, is to only use it on the outer 1/4" of each piece. That way the edges are secure, but the applique isn't all stiff and hard. Great giveaway!

Anna Mae said...

I like fusible applique because it's QUICK and who has time for slow when you've spent all day working. Thanks for the opportunity. Pick me, Penny!

Kim said...

I just learned applique in the last 2 years.. would never do it before. I had a wonderful teacher and she taught had applique with freezer paper and machine applique with light fusible. I love both ways. I love christmas!! I think Penny and my Daisy should go on walks together..how fun that would be...

jillquilts said...

Oh that is gorgeous! I almost missed a chance to enter! :(

I learned how to do th fusible web, but not how to do needle turn. I guess that is why I prefer the fusible web. Of course, I have done so little applique anyway.... But I would rather do it on my machine that by hand. Goes quicker! lol

katie z. said...

I've never done fusible webbing appliqué, but I'd love to try!

SheilaC said...

Wonderful give away!

THank you!

SheilaC

Anonymous said...

I did a fusible applique alphabet quilt for a baby boy, used fusible web to applique the pieces down and blanket stitched around the alphabet. Love the look.

Jess Can
jess6361@hotmail.com

Heather in NY said...

Hi Vicky! What a great looking kit! I love fusible web applique. I'm not very good at needle turn, and the fusible is so easy!

Anonymous said...

I'm still learning what will work best for me- I think the next time i will cut out the outline rather than just stick the whole fusible part on but most of the time I'd rather piece. My next applique i hope to do with felted wool if i can ever find it! Robi rnoel57@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I love needleturn but also like fusible. Hope your cute dog selects me since my dog and I love Christmas.

~~~alicia~~~ ablovens@aol.com

Sherrill said...

I wouldn't say fusible is necessary my favorite method but definitely a go-to method when there's lot of little pieces or the pattern's very intricate. Thanks for the giveaway!!