November 15, 2017

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 16 Blog Tour + Giveaway - Waiting for Spring

Welcome to my stop on the 100 Blocks road Rally Blog Tour and I am so glad you found your way here!  I am thrilled to have my fourth block, Waiting for Spring, published in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks.



Techniques

Waiting for Spring, block #1523, is included in the mixed technique section of 100 Blocks Vol. 16.  The block contains three techniques with the first being hand applique.  I made bias stems and blind stitched them down by hand.

The second technique is applique using a machine zigzag satin stitch for the flowers.  For thread, I used matching Aurifil 100% cotton 50 wt. in my machine for the applique.  I share some some machine applique tips here in this post.

And, the third technique is piecing, both traditional piecing and partial seam construction.

Fabrics

When choosing fabrics for Waiting for Spring, I had just returned from QuiltCon 2017 which took place in Savannah, GA where I purchased four half-yard cuts of Add It Up, Cotton and Steel basics which I blogged about in this Sunday Stash post.  I used Add It Up in Lip Gloss, Sea Glass and Indigo.


Also included in Waiting for Spring are two other Cotton and Steel basics, XOXO in Dandelion and Shag Carpet.  When cutting the green, Shag Carpet, I was able to avoid the X's and make the bias stem solid.

Dandelion was the perfect yellow for the flower centers and again, I was able to avoid the print for a solid centers.


I hope you have fun making your own flowers in a vase while you are 'waiting for spring'!



You can find my other blocks in previous Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks issues:


And now on to the Giveaways!



Giveaway #1.  The editors at Quiltmaker are sponsoring a giveaway for one copy of 100 Blocks Vol.16 and will mail the magazine directly to you anywhere worldwide.

Giveaway #2.  I will mail a copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 16 to one lucky commenter to anywhere worldwide.

How to enter:

1. Leave a comment letting me know your favorite technique for applique whether it be by hand or machine.

2. Followers, old and new alike, get a bonus entry.  Leave a second comment and let me know how you follow - such as BloglovinInstagram or Email.

The giveaway will run through Saturday, November 18, 2017 and close at 8pm EST.  (The giveaway is closed.) I normally respond to every comment received, but during the giveaway the volume may be to large for me to do so. Please leave your e-mail address so I have a way of contacting you if you are a no-reply blogger.

Visit The Quilting Company (Quiltmaker's Quilty Pleasurers) Day 3, for links to today's participating blogs!  The new website for Quilty Pleasures is here.  To see all of the creative and original blocks in this issue, 100 Blocks Vol. 16 is available on the newsstands now or you can order 100 blocks from Quiltmaker.

Linking to Let's Bee Social #203 with Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts and Midweek Makers #98 with Susan at QuiltFabrication.



178 comments :

  1. I love to hand applique using silk thread.
    sally.woolard@yahoo.com

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  2. I applique using lightweight fusible, and a slanted stitch on my Bernina. Or a buttonhole if I want to emphasise the applique stitches more.Sometimes I use matching thread, and occasionally clear monofilament. these methods work well for me.

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  3. Paige, I follow you on Blogger.

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  4. I like to do hand appliqué, usually needle turn, although, I have not done any lately. Spring is my favourite time of year

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  5. I have a link to your blog on my blog

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  6. I love the block! I'm always anxious for spring after a long winter. My machine quilting is always done with a blanket stitch.

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  7. I like to do appliqué on the sewing machine. I am still learning with each new project.
    Smiles, Sue
    Parkssueellen@gmail.com

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  8. Congratulations on having your block included in Quiltmaker’s 100, Vol. 16! What a fun block and great fabric choices. I love to hand appliqué ;-D

    usairdoll (at) gmail (dot) com

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  9. I’m a follower via BlogLovin as well as IG (@usairdoll)

    usairdoll (at) gmail (dot) com

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  10. I am definitely a machine appliquér. What a cute block!

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  11. I love machine applique. Lovely block!

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  12. What a cute block! I like both hand and machine appliqué.

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  13. I like to do applique with a light fusible and a machine zig zag stitch.

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  14. I prefer machine piecing. However, I will do applique.

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  15. I'm a bloglovin' follower!

    dlk3265 @ gmail . com

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  16. Hello Paige, Fairly new to applique by machine and my preference so far is a light fusible and then a satin stich w/Aurifil. No real tips yet that I can share. Waiting on Spring....beautiful. Thankyou for sharing with us.

    schimmel(dot)db(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. I love hand applique; I enjoy hand stitching while watching TV.

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  18. I follow you by email as well as on Instagram. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  19. I do machine applique since I have trouble with my wrists. Thanks for sharing your great block!

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  20. I like machine applique because it is faster way to complete my project. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  21. I really love your block. Applique is my favorite and I love doing needle turn hand applique. Congratulations and thank you for the chance.

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  22. I have only done hand applique, so I guess that's my favorite!

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  23. I only tried hand applique once, but I really like machine applique. What a pretty block!

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  24. Hi again Paige,
    WOW - and you are published for the fourth time! Sweet! I would love to win a copy of the magazine but if I don't I'll pick one up for myself - this looks like a fun collection of blocks. (Plus two people I know so far have blocks in it!) ~smile~ Roseanne

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  25. I have found a love of machine appliqueing, using a blanket stitch. I have had to practice to get it just right, but now I am looking for projects to make to use it on.

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  26. Congratulations! 4 Blocks in 4 issues----WOW! My favorite go-to applique technique is machine blanket stitch. I do occasionally prefer hand work but my needle turn applique needs some perfecting. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  27. I follow you via email.... :)

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  28. Cute block, especially the droopy flower. My favorite applique technique is the satine stitch edging. It leaves a nice, clean finished edge. sjvonfumetti at yahoo dot com

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  29. I love your blog on BlogLovin. sjvonfumetti at yahoo dot com

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  30. Beautiful block, Paige! I seem to get better results with machine applique.

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  31. Machine applique is my choice. Lovely block, Paige.
    prycek(at)mymts.net

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  32. So I haven't done enough applique to have a favorite, but I normally choose machine over hand.

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  33. I have done almost no applique, but would like to try to use my machine. Super cute block!

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  34. Cute block! Machine applique for me, altho I have done hand applique before. And I do follow by email.....but don't enter me in the drawing since I've got my own copies of the magazine. =)

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  35. Very pretty! Thanks for sharing and the giveaways!!
    cork@pa.rr.com

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  36. Machine appliqué is fast & my usual go-to technique. However, when a more traditional or formal finish is desired, I do needleturn applique.

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  37. I receive your emails and follow you on IG.

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  38. So beautiful block.I hand applique and love needle turn.

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  39. I prefer needleturn applique, using the back basting method. But if it's for a quilt for kids, machine quilting is the way to go. It would be fun to use your design on a pillow for my mom on Mother's Day. She's a former florist, and loves flowers of any kind.

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  40. I like raw edge appliqué...use it all the time!

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  41. Do freezer paper and also the raw stuff.
    Luv your energies and how colors BLoom.

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  42. Great block with so many fabric possibilities. Thanks for the chance to win.
    I applique using a fusible and my machine almost all of the time. I have even saved my settings as a stitch on the machine so I can go right to them.

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  43. Hey, wow, congratulations on having made your way into Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks again. There seems to be a lot happening in your sewing space right now. Next I will head over to vote on the stash fabric design star challenge. =) All the best.

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  44. I prefer hand applique
    I follow you by mail.
    Congrats with the publication on 100 blocks.
    It's great again

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  45. I like the looks of hand applique best

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  46. I like to machine appliqué. Thanks for a lovely spring flower block.
    djcutting2(at)gmail(dot)com

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  47. I follow on instagram, thanks
    djcutting2(at)gmail(dot)com

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  48. I'm smiling because everywhere I turn, there's Paige! :-) Happy for you to have gotten a block in this issue. I'd love to win it! I so very rarely do appliqué anymore that your question is a tough one to answer. I do both, but I guess I'd have to say that back-basted hand appliqué is my favorite.

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  49. Of course you already know... I follow your blog; I follow you on Instagram; and we have swapped emails. I'm so happy to know you! Thanks for sharing yourself with me. My latest blog post includes mentions of you! :-)

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  50. Lovely block, Paige! You don't have to include me in the give-away, I just wanted to say "HI". Congrats on you ever growing popularity. I listed to your podcast with Pat S. GREAT JOB!

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  51. I like your cute block! Thank you for sharing. I prefer machine. Enjoy your day! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

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  52. Lovely block and fabric choice ! I prefer hand appliqué.

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  53. I follow you via Blogger and on Instagram. Thanks for the giveaway !

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  54. Paige - those are really pretty blooms, and in a beautiful fabric too! Personally, I prefer machine applique, though I have done some by hand in the past. Congrats on QM 100 blocks!

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  55. Great block! I prefer to do machine appliqué.

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  56. I follow you on Instagram, @notqnot .

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  57. Follow on Bloglovin, my favorite way to follow blogs. Can't beat the daily digest! Thanks for sharing on Midweek Makers, and for the giveaway too!

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  58. My favorite is hand applique. But when I am in a rush, or have really tiny pieces, I use the mod podge technique. Love applique, it adds so much to a quilt.

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  59. Hi Paige. I like the idea of looking forward to spring and flowers since my beds are now all brown. I usually machine applique. Congrats on having your block included in the magazine.

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  60. I follow you on blog loving. angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

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  61. I do like hand applique when I have the time. Thank you for sharing your work.

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  62. Your block is so cute and happy--good for a gloomy day like today--lol! I have to admit that I love the old school turned edge applique, but with all the things I want to make, I may need to start using a speedier method!

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  63. My favorite is raw-edge applique using a blanket stitch, by hand. I like how it looks "vintage". Thank you, peterstankovich@comcast.net

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  64. I am following on bloglovin. Thank you, peterstankovich@comcast.net

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  65. I'm more comfortable with hand applique. rita_l_39212@yahoo.com

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  66. I follow on bloglovin. rita_l_39212@yahoo.com

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  67. I do needle turn applique but sometimes use freezer paper for templates and turn over the edges with starch method.

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  68. follow primarily by email ckwood@charter.net

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  69. Hand applique! 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  70. I have only done machine applique but love it!

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  71. Machine applique for sure. For flowers I like a small zig zag. For things like my snowmen the blanket stitch is prefered.

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  72. I follow you by email. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  73. I just took a class on raw edge applique using a fusible and then thread painting it to the background fabric. Before this class I would have said blanket stitch by hand. okruhlik6 at aol dot com

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  74. Am teaching my son hand appliqué, he's much better at 10 yrs old than I was , in my teen years. Hand appliqué makes nimble fingers for future veterinarians!

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  75. I haven't done enough appliqué to have a favorite method, however, I used a satin stitch on a recent project. It seemed to go well. Today I am starting a project in which I will try the raw edge method. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  76. I follow via email. nsue21702 at gmail dot com. Congrats on your block. The perfect block to work on this winter when Jack Frost is nipping at our front door!!

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  77. All machine these days. I like your flowers.

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  78. I still haven't tried machine applique. I have done a lot of hand applique, usually mosting a blanket stitch. Looking forward to doing this block--I love flowers!

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  79. My favorite so far, is by machine to do applique.
    barbkaup(at)(yahoo)(dot)(com)

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  80. I follow you on Bloglovin'.
    barbkaup(at)(yahoo)(dot)(com)

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  81. Love your flowers in a vase-very pretty! I don't mind machine applique, but my favorite is hand applique, very relaxing! Thank you, Susan

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  82. I follow you on Instagram & bloglovin! Thank you, Susan

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  83. Love your fabric and your droopy flower. I can't wait until spring when we have flowers again. To be honest, applique isn't my thing, but when I do, I use that iron on stuff and then finish it off with my machine. Makes it easier for me.

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  84. I usually get the job done on the machine. If I want it to civil quilt I will do it by hand, but it make take years. I follow by email mine is lkcquilts@hotmail.com








    war quilt

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  85. I don't really have a favorite applique technique. It really depends on the look I want, how much time I am willing to spend on it, how the project will be used, etc.

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  86. I follow your blog on my blogger dashboard/GFC.

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  87. I'm not sure what it's called, but I like the technique in which one sews interfacing on the back of the intended appliqué and then turns it, then appliqués it down, either by machine or by hand.

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  88. I prefer machine applique to hand, but I still like hand applique, just not as much as by machine...lol

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  89. I hand appliqued 1 small wall quilt many years ago - that was enough for me! I do a lot of applique - ALWAYS by machine! Love your springy block.

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  90. I'm using machine quilting on applique this week as I finish a snowman quilt for my daughter. It's definitely not as nice looking as yours!! Maybe i didn't have the stitches close enough to look neat. Loved your block.

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  91. Cute block!! I usually do machine applique. Thanks for sharing!!
    odiane79atyahoo.com

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  92. I love the flowers in the vase! I prefer machine applique, though I did try needle turn for the first time this year.

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  93. I like needle turn applique the best.

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  94. I like machine appliqué when I'm in a hurry, but I love hand appliqué best. Your block is cute.

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  95. I'm a new follower on Instagram as ceciliaquilts.

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  96. I don't applique often but do it by machine.

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  97. I have been following with bloglovin.

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  98. I am not big on any type of hand quilting. When I was garment sewing I ended up buying a blind hemmer to hem my garments. So machine applique would be my route.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  99. Very cute block! I have done very little hand applique. I mostly do it by machine and prefer to use a blanket stitch.

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  100. Waiting For Spring is so sweet! Spring is sweet too! I prefer machine applique, but when I have time or on the road, I will hand applique.

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  101. I am a happy Bloglovin' follower of yours!

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  102. Cute block. Learning to applique is on my bucket list - it will have be machine applique. Thanks.

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  103. I'm a follower of your blog via Feedly. Thanks again.

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  104. Such a fun and friendly block! I usually do machine applique!

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  105. Cute block!
    I prefer to do applique by machine.

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  106. I've tried learning needle turning applique and could never get the hang of it...so (except for wool applique) I always use my sewing machine.

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  107. I love the look of needle turn appliqué but usually appliqué by machine.

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  108. I love applique on my Bernina... love sitting at my machine.. drhodes9@cox.net

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  109. Congrats on another block! I love doing handwork, and taught myself Hawaiianstyle appliqué, but fusible machine appliqué is really fun and goes together quickly.
    reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  110. I appliqué by machine except for wool appliqué.

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  111. Prefer needle turn hand appliqué.

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  112. I applique with my sewing machine when I have time I wish I could do it more but working third shift it's hard..
    happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  113. I applique by machine. Your block is so cute.

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  114. I am learning how to machine applique and find it to be great fun!
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  115. e-mail subscriber!
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  116. Fun block. I do more machine applique, but will do hand if needed. Thanks.

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  117. I like fusible appliqué, stitching when I quilt.

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  118. I like machine applique using a blanket stitch.

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  119. I like both types and I'm just as rusty on both methods!,

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  120. I love hand applique : ) and have not done applique by machine since high school.

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  121. Up until a few months ago, I had only done machine applique and have always loved it. But, I did decide to try hand applique with a cheater method of turned edge and am really enjoying it also. I have a feeling I will be doing a project of each at the same time!

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  122. I follow you by email! Thank you for sharing all of your fantastic tutorials and projects!

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  123. I can't use my hands for fine stitching anymore, so i have learned to embrace the stitches on my machine. Thanks for the giveaways.

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  124. I've been learning to applique by machine, haven't done hand applique in many years.

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  125. I will do both hand and machine applique it just depends how quickly I need the project finished

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  126. I follow you via your website

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  127. You have such a cute and fun block! I like to do both hand and machine applique. For me hand applique is very relaxing to do and some blocks seem to go quickly and give that vintage look. If the applique has lots of sharp tiny angles and have more detail around the edges like intricate maple leaves I prefer to do machine applique with a fused raw edge.

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  128. My favorite applique method is to use fusible and zigzag, by machine, around the edges. I follow you in my e-mail
    quiltschon@att.net

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  130. I prefer to hand applique. It's great for TV time. Your block is really cute and colorful. Thanks for sharing.

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  131. I have been appliquing for 40 years....I guess I have to admit I prefer a sewing machine to do the work for me!

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  132. I follow you for some time now, via email. Thanks for the inspiration... and the giveaway!

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  133. Handwork is just so calming, nourishing, and creative... plus, the "take along" ability is wonderful.
    kaylace@bellsouth.net

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  134. I love your cheerful flowers! Thanks for sharing this!

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  135. Nice block! I love applique and use the starch method.

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  136. Needleturn applique is my favorite but as it is so time consuming, I do some raw edge machine applique too. Cute block. pjrquilter at msn dot com

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  137. I follow you on bloglovin' pjrquilter at msn dot com

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  138. This is a super cute block - its spot in the book is well deserved!

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  139. Well done on another winner Paige, you are on a roll.

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  140. I like to do hand work but have done my fair share of machine applique too. Cute block and easy to do.

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  141. I like to applique by machine. It's easier on my hands. cknapp3626(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  142. I am an email follower. cknapp3626(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  143. I love yiur block Paige , congratulations. I like to
    Appliqué by hand, though i am not great at corners

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  144. I stalk , sorry , follow you by bloglovin .

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  145. I mostly do fusible web, machine appliqué. Not patient snuff forhand stitching!

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  146. Cute block! I have tried to needle turn applique...I need to take a class. I machine applique for now.

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  147. I follow you on bloglovin'.

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  148. I like needle turn applique best. Have tried other methods, but come back to this one.

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