Tuesday, November 17, 2015

QUILTMAKER 100 Quilt Blocks Volume 12 Blog Hop

HEART BURSTS
 
Good Morning and Welcome to the blog hop for Quiltmaker's 12th Volume of 100 Quilt Blocks.
 
 
This block is so whimsical and SO me:)  I love the applique and the swirly vine too. Showing other layouts is usually what I do here but that will have to wait since it will be featured in the Spring:)
Stay tuned for that~
 
Instead, I would like to share with you an easy way to cut multiples of fusible applique.  Many times I hear quilters say that there is too much applique and that puts them off making and loving certain designs.  This particular block has 8 identical petals and is perfect for cutting multiples.  With this technique, you can cut your work time in third (pun intended:).
 
 
For the petals, cut a fabric strip @ 2-1/2" and a fusible strip @ 2-3/8".  Keeping the fusible strip just a tad narrower than your fabric strip keeps accidental guck (the technical term:) off the ironing board while applying.  Cut strip into 4" sections. 



Trace a petal onto freezer paper.  This will be ironed to the right side of one section.  Stack with the freezer paper template on top.

Binder Clips are our friends!  They give the stack stability while freeing up your non-cutting hand to hold without fear of the stack slipping and without cramping up (I know how intense this can get:).  I can cut up to 4 at a time relatively well with scissors that have a light serrated edge.  Cutting stacks of 3 is a more accurate way to do this when you are just starting out.
As you can see with the petals, I didn't put a clip on the side I would start cutting on.  Once that side is cut, I will place a clip there to keep that side together and reduce slipping.
On the leaf, I did place clips on the side I plan to cut first because the leaf shape is quite a bit larger with more chance of slippage.

Carefully cut your shapes and Wa La, I cut out 4 leaves at once without having to trace each and every piece onto the paper-backed fusible.

My other tip for you today is Roxanne's Glue Baste-It EZ Squeezie (in the accordion bottle).  Once I had all my bias strips done, I just placed a very thin line of glue onto my drawn vine guide and then pressed the vines into place.
 The leaf was fused in place before adding the vines so that once they were all in position I could zig zag stitch everything in place.

Here is a link to a previous post with more information on how to figure out dimensions for other applique projects: http://nestlingsbyrobin.blogspot.com/2015/02/tutorial-cutting-multiples-of-fusible.html
 
NOW TO THE GOOD PART:)))
Leave your comments here before Thursday and I will draw 2 lucky winners for a FREE copy of the new magazine.
 
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Thanks for following along! Robin
 



125 comments:

Podunk Pretties said...

Cute block, and some great applique tips. Thanks for sharing.

Anita said...

Your block is gorgeous, and thank you for the construction tips!

Lee said...

Congrats on a great block!!

Suze said...

Thank you for letting us know that baby alligator clips are our best friends for cutting applique pieces. I have never, never heard this in all my years of quilting. I hope this is a breakthrough for me. I guess you can teach an old dog (B*$#^, pun intended) a new trick. Thank you for sharing. I never know where I am going to learn that something that just helps me. I'd love to get your news. I get so much email, though. Have you considered Bloglovin'? I don't know what the pros/cons are for you. It's nice for me that I just get one email each day and it contains the sites that have new posts that day. Then I can go down the list and decide which ones or all that I want to visit. It gives me a snippet of the beginnig of the post. I find it so much nicer than getting an email from each person. I'm sure there may be a downside to it, too. Nothing is perfect. Congrats on being published. What an honor! I love the block. It has a vintage look and yet could appeal to all. I could see a modern quilter using it, too. You rock.

Nancy said...

I love applique projects!

Jodi - usairdoll said...

Love your block!! Great tip for cutting multiples. I enjoy appliqué and Heart Bursts is on my to-do list :-D


Congratulations on being in Quiltmaker's 100, Vol.12.!

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Michele said...

Thank you for the useful tip. Wonder if clover wonder clips would hold as well? Will have to give your method a try as I am not wild about the endless tracing for leaves and other multiple shapes.

and thanks for the great block...

Dana Gaffney said...

Great tips! I would never cut a stack like that but I'm going to try the binder clips.

Nichole A. said...

I look forward to making your block! Very cute!

Allison said...

Such a beautiful block! Thanks for the tip about cutting. I'm an applique novice and your tip will be a time saver.

Anonymous said...

Great tip about the binder clips. Never thought of that. Funnylady93@nyc.rr.com

Pat said...

Love your block and your technique for cutting the appplique pieces.

Jen Barnard said...

Great block, I love the curly vine.
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kt said...

Great block, and love your tip on cutting the applique pieces!! Thanks for sharing!

Robin said...

@Michele, If you already have the Clover Wonder clips, they do work just as well. I did not but had some binder clips already so used them. Plus, I am an office supply junkie and they come in such cute colors:)

Sandi1100 said...

Wonderful block! Thanks for a chance to win.

Diane said...

Great tips, Robin! Nicely done. Thanks so much for being with us on this week's blog tour. We really appreciate it! Have a great day.

Diane at Quiltmaker

Naomi said...

Thanks for the binder clip tip. It will be really useful!

Diane said...

Very nice block. Thanks for sharing the tips.

Barb Linares said...

Awesome block! Who knew you could cut multiple applique pieces at the same time? WOW! Isn't it great to learn something new!

Lori said...

CONGRATULATIONS your block is wonderful. thanks for the tips.

Quilter Kathy said...

Thanks for the great tips that would make this block fast and easy to make!

Claire Sutherland said...

Thanks for the helpful tutorial. This is lovely x
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Abbigail said...

How have I NOT been to your blog before? Wonderful tip on the applique!
Your block is beautiful!

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Lee Ann L. said...

Nice block! Congrats!

stacey mitchell said...

These are great tips! I like the glue idea and will have to try the multiple cutting idea.

Loris said...

Beautiful flower block! Thank you for the great tips. I need them :-)

Debbie said...

Beautiful..... thanks for the tips... I will come back and read more...

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Thim3 said...

Very pretty block....I mostly shy away from applique projects. I just haven't really tried them a whole lot but after looking around on your blog I just might try it more...I really feel in love with the shoe blocks.
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Amy said...

Can't wait to see what you are going to do with the lovely flower block. And thanks for the great tips. We have tons of binder clips in the kitchen for chip bags. A few might be migrating downstairs...

JANET said...

Great block. Great tips. Thank you!

Maureeneh said...

Thanks for the applique tips, beautiful flower block!
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Lisa Marie said...

Cute block and thanks for the clever tip!

Nancy Sue said...

I knew that was YOUR block! Love it, and love your style! Congrats on another great block!!!

KaHolly said...

Wonderful addition to the magazine! And thanks for sharing your tips! I look forward to bookmarking your site so I can peruse your archived posts during lunchtime!

Joye with an e said...

I enjoyed your tips. Thanks for sharing.
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Tina Jeo said...

Love the block. I can't wait to try it. Thanks.

Rhonda Davis said...

So many flowers...you could make a sampler quilt with all kinds of flowers in your garden!

bleonard02@tampabay.rr.com said...

Excellent tips, thanks and congratulations on your wonderful accomplishments!

MC said...

This block would be great for fussy-cutting petals! Excellent idea with the clips, I'll definitely be trying that.

Melody Lutz said...

I'm a big fan of Glue-Baste-It...what a wonderful way to use it. And your block is super.

Beth at Quilting Hottie Haven said...

Fabulous tips! Exciting to see you on the tour. :)

Cecilia said...

Beautiful block! Thank you for the tips on appliqué, this will help me to cut my shapes more accurately.

I would love to get your newsletter. ceciliayoung at gmx.com

babiesdoc said...

this is a beautiful block
i am a poor applique--r thank you for the lesson

Donna Cutting said...

Thanks for the tips they are always so helpful, and what a wonderful block you have.

Sandra Allred said...

thank you for you stack and cut instructions. i love doing applique even the cutting - lol.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tips to make applique easier. Your block is really nice.

Gill said...

Thanks for the applique tips!
I love your block!

lefuntz said...

Thanks for the cutting tutorial. How did we sew without wonder clips? Love your block!

JoyceLM said...

Cute block. And thanks for the construction tips.

MoeWest said...

I love the look of applique and use it mostly on smaller projects. Thanks for the tips. Your block is very pretty!

Catskill Quilter said...

I love your applique block! Thanks for the tip on cutting multiples.

Rosa said...

Such a beautiful block,Thanks for the great tips, easy to follow.I have to improve my applique.

Farm Quilter said...

I really like your block and fusible/machine applique is the only kind I'll do, so this one is one I would love to make!! I would also like to get your newsletter :) wild_blue_farm at yahoo dot com Congratulations on being in this issue of Quiltmaker!

Allison CB said...

Very nice! Like your use of binder clips!

terri said...

Love your block and can't wait to try it.

Vicki H said...

Thanks for the tips. I haven't tried the glue basting.

Dee said...

Love applique - love you block - thank you for the helpful hints

Cindy Dahlgren said...

Love the tip for cutting multiples, and your block is great. cdahlgren at live dot com

Jennifer said...

That *is* my number one reason for not doing more applique - cutting out all the pieces! WONderful tip, thank you! Can't wait to get my hands on a copy of this issue!

annmarie said...

Cute block. thanks for the tutorial.

MissPat said...

I really like your block, but I'm one of those "don't do applique" people.

Tu-Na Quilts said...

Very nice block and thanks for the tips! Please sign me up for your blog: Karen kthurn@bektel.com

Wanda said...

I love flowers and applique. Your block is a winner! Thank you for the helpful tips and the chance to win!

Doris Rice, The Quilting Queen said...

Beautiful flower and great tut! Thanks for sharing!

Ariane said...

This is a really cute block! thanks for sharing it!

Kathy H said...

Cute block and thanks for the appliqué cutting tips. I do feel like it is too much effort to cut out so many of the same piece. I will give it a try.

Renata S said...

Thank you for sharing you appliqué tip.

Tinliz said...

Thanks for the tips to make applique easier.

Nann said...

What a clever way to speed up shape-cutting. Thanks! And thanks, too, for the giveaway.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the tips on cutting multiple pieces at a time.
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Rev. Donna H. said...

I really appreciate your tip about using clips to hold multiple layers steady for cutting. I am new to appliqué, and this makes it less cumbersome. Thank you!

ritainalaska said...

gasp! gorgeous! my kind of applique blox! love all your shoes, too.

Elizabeth said...

Handy methods in the tutorial. Thanks. Unique flower.

Mary said...

Using binder clips is such a clever idea! Thanks for sharing.

Auntie Clark said...

Nice block. Thank you for the tips.
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Chris Gilbert said...

Love the tiny swirly vine !

Lisa E said...

The tutorial was very helpful. Love the tip about glue basting. MUST remember that!

Anonymous said...

thank you for the tips...nice block...marta...martamanole@yahoo.com

Kathy E. said...

I lean towards the whimsical side and love swirly designs. Your block is just my style! I'd love to make one just like it! Hope I win! duchick at gmail dot com

Joyce Carter said...

I love your block. Applique is my favorite thing to do so your block is the best. Thank you for the giveaway and congratulations on getting it in the magazine.

Barbara Atwood said...

Lovely block and great tips. Thanks for sharing.

Emily C said...

Love the tips. I hadn't considered applique pieces could be cut in multiple, like rotary cutting. That makes life a lot easier!

Sue in Scottsdale, AZ said...

Cute block!

VA said...

Thanks for the appliqué tips! I have some projects coming up, and I always forget about using glue.

Bonnie said...

Love your Heart Bursts block! Thanks for sharing the great technique for fusible applique.

VA said...

Thanks for the appliqué tips!

darrkrystal@gmail.com said...

awesome block....!!!

jrt14 said...

Thank you for a chance to win. I love your tutorial for cutting more appliqué shapes at one time.

Joyful Quilter said...

Cute block...thanks for the technique tips.

Kaye M. tkmattson@hotmail.com said...

Your block is beautiful and thank you for the tip about cutting multiple layers of appliques at once. It would be a great time saver.

Brenda E. said...

A unique touch of whimsy!

Annie said...

I like your block and really appreciate the tutorial on making multiples!

Angelia Lanouette said...

Beautiful block! Thank you for the tips!

Linda Nemec said...

Would love to get your newsletter - over to FB i go!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great tutorial on the fusible applique. Kathy in Colo repzjratplainsdotnet

GranChris said...

Great block, thanks for the tutorial. I need that.

Cathryn said...

Your block is whimsical! That makes it fun to look at. Your tutorial is a great one - I would not have thought of it. Thanks for sharing.

Rachell said...

I am no longer afraid of appliqué. making it easier and less time-consuming is always a plus! thanks for the tips.
I think the flower looks like a firework burst.
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Walter said...

Your tutorial was helpful. and i liked your block very much. pjrquilter (at) msn (dot) com

Beth said...

I appreciate the tips! Thanks for your time and help, and congrats on being included in this issue.

Amy said...

Great tutorial, love the binder clip idea. Thanks for the block design...wonderful!

Caron at Michigan Quilts said...

Nice job!!! Pretty block!

cityquilter grace said...

kudos for getting your block selected...always interesting to see how others applique...

Pam W said...

You have a beautiful block.

Robin said...

Thank you all for your kind comments! I personally love hand applique but for most of my customers, fusible is the way to go. This technique really intrigues some enough for them to try applique. Once I get them to start:), it is only a matter of time before they are intrigued enough to try hand applique. Have a great day and good luck!

Diantha said...

That was good to see your tips on cutting out multiple applique pieces!

BarefootThunder said...

thank you sew much for the applique tips!! loverly block :)

Karen in Breezy Point said...

I'll be looking forward to seeing what you will do with your block. I love that squeeze-y bottle too and will be using that binder clip tip--thanks!

anna brown said...

Ty for heads up on doing multiballs was help full.....ps loved your block....happyness04431@yahoo.com

Linda said...

SUCH A NEAT BLOCK!
THANKS FOR THE GIVEAWAY TOO!
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samtaylorcjsmimi said...

Great tips - especially the binder clips! Thanks - that just may help me to not be so intimidated! :)
Debby E
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Pat V. said...

I never thought about cutting multiples like this. Thanks for a great tip! Oh, and your block is first rate!

Jeanne in Ohio said...

I've cut multiples before using a stapler to hold them together. I'll try the binder clips the next time. Wonderful tip.

Darlene B said...

Lovely block! The flower and swirly vines are beautiful!

wendy said...

Lovely block and thanks so much for the tips.

pinsandneedles said...

Thank you for the appliqué tips. I must admit that I don't do much appliqué because of the cutting (I do not own a GO). This tip will help with multiples.

minibea12 said...

I love the applique and the swirly vine! Great block.
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nancyr said...

Great block! I also love to applique!

Julie in WA said...

Thanks so much for the two tips! I don't do much applique, but your method makes it look so easy!

Kathy Sue said...

Thanks for the easy applique tips. Love your block. kathleendotlutzatcomcastdotnet

Carrie P. said...

beautiful block.

krazycat6@gmail.com said...

Very cute block. Thanks Diane O

~Kris~ said...

Love your appliqué and appreciate your tutorial. I like your glue basting technique.

lotsofteapots said...

How to cut multiple pieces by stacking was worth the visit! Thank you!