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Monday, September 17, 2012

Old Dog...New Tricks!

Who says that you can't teach and old dog new tricks?  I've tried several different ways of needle turn applique in the past without a whole lot of success.  After a few sorry attempts I decided that needle turn was not for me, but last Friday I decided to give it another try with a very good teacher standing over my shoulder.  Using the techniques found in the book The New Applique Sampler by Becky Goldsmith and Linda Jenkins and a lot of coaching from my teacher, I was able to complete this appliqued heart without uttering a single swear word!  I guess you really can teach an old dog new tricks, either that or I learned this trick just in time before I officially become an old dog in a few short weeks!

11 comments:

Terry said...

Well done! It looks fabulous! I still am afraid of needlturn! LOL

Joanne Lendaro said...

Looks good! I took a mini class with someone from our guild, and it's a very time consuming art. Not sure I've got the time/patience at this point. lol!!

Quilt Hollow said...

Well done! I've tried a few times myself with frustration. I envy those who can!

ktquilts said...

Yeah! Thanks for the inspiration to keep on learning!

Denise :) said...

Great job!! I've struggled with needle-turned applique myself, which is a shame, because I love applique! I've resorted to the hexie/template method, which works well for me -- but it's a lot slower because of the extra steps. I'll have to check out your book. Thanks! :)

evelyn said...

Looks great! Needle turn frustrates me too. I wonder if the missing ingredient has been "patience" ?

Needled Mom said...

I have decided that I do NOT like applique....period!!!!! Yours look great though. Must be that you beat the "old dog"!!!!!

MamaT said...

It's a great book from which to learn. Good pictures. Unfortunately, I just heard that it's out of print. Glad you found a method that works for you!

MamaT said...

It's a great book from which to learn. Good pictures. Unfortunately, I just heard that it's out of print. Glad you found a method that works for you!

Jean said...

That turned out nice. I have only tried it once and it was just too persnickety for me.

Holly said...

Needle turn appliqué is addicting!

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