Thursday, June 23, 2011

Accuquilt Dies and Needle turn Applique'

I just read a comment on the Accuquilt facebook page asking if you could use the Accuquilt dies to do needle turn applique.  I thought I would post a little about my method.
Instead of cutting all those little  pieces for the Rose of Sharon quilt by hand I can use my GO and the Rose of Sharon die to cut them.
For this quilt I am using the templet and starch method.  You can either make your templets by ironing several layers of freezer paper together and cutting them with the GO or your can make a set of templets with heat resistence mylar templet plastic.
I didn't worry about cutting plastic with my GO since it's not thick and you only need to make one set.

 Just cut your templet and place it on the wrong side of the fabric.  Trim around it leaving a scant quarter inch seam - put a little starch just on the seam allowance and with the tip of your iron turn and press the seam allowance until it is dry.  Some people also use glue sticks to turn their edges but I prefer starch.  Now they are ready to stitch down either by hand or machine.

If you want to do needle turn without the templets and starch all you need to do is cut out the pattern with a single layer of freezer paper .  Iron it to either the right or wrong side of the fabric - trim leaving a scant quarter inch seam allowance and needle turn them in your favorite way.
I love my GO and the Rose of Sharon die. It makes everything so much easier.
Happy stitching,


  1. Wow. Didn't think I could cut freezer paper too
    However, if I cut my freezer paper and fabric from the same templates wont they will be both the same size with no seam allowance?

  2. After reading your comment more carefully I see that you added a seam allowance but with the seam they look so perfect. How'd you do that?

  3. I was thinking the same thing. But looks like there are 4 flowers on the die but she only uses 3. For the Large flower she uses the next size down paper and so forth.


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