Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Fussy Cut & Hand Applique with Jen Kingwell


Hi everyone! We recently had the honor of having Jen Kingwell visit the FQS studio to film some amazing tutorials for you. Today, we're chatting about fussy cutting your fabrics and hand applique. 
For those of you that have never heard of fussy cutting, it is a method of cutting a particular piece of pattern from the fabric, as opposed to just cutting a strip from the fold to the selvage. Jen's quilts featured some amazing fussy cutting (like the image below), and she has some great tips to share here



Next is up is hand applique, which is something that we all would love to try at FQS! Jen's video is so helpful, you'll be a pro in no time. 

SURPRISE! Jen was gracious enough to give us a few patterns to give away! To enter, all you have to is share something you have learned from Jen's videos in the comment section or tag a picture of your project on Instagram using #fqsfun and #jenkingwell. We will randomly select a winner on April 14th! 

Thanks for joining us and tune in next time for more Jen Kingwell fun!

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Karen in Breezy Point said...

I love the idea of drawing registration marks on the template to be sure to make all the cuts identical. Jen's patterns are so fun and inspiring--thank for the chance to win!

Carole Shaffer said...

I didn't know anything about fussy cutting, I've heard the term before but had no idea that it meant! Thanks for the explanation and for the intro to the little accessories one can use to accomplish that look.?

LindaKy said...

I learned thread has a nap! And I learned to thread with the leading end and tie the knot on the end where I cut from the spool -- didn't know that! Thanks so much for the video and the giveaways. I hope I win!!

Kathy said...

Always wanted to try fussy cutting - this makes me want to go do it now

Gina S. said...

I didn't know thread had a nap either.

Lisa said...

I love Jen's work she is so talented! I learned about blacking out the seam allowance on the templetes I make for fussy cutting! Such a great idea. The second is two draw around the templete and go back and cut out with scissors instead of using a rotory cutter. I plan on trying both of these ideas next time I am fussy cutting!

sam said...

I did not know thread had a nap, which end to thread first to prevent twisting and knotting. Priceless.

Katharina said...

I learned same thing than an other women: I have to put the thread through the needle, before I cut the thread and make a knot. This is really new for me, I'm doing patchwork and quilting since about twenty years but - I've never finished to learn a lot about my hobby - thank you very much for this helpful idea!

Nettie said...

I loved the Jen Kingwell videos! Learned a lot about fussy cutting and English paper piecing.
Thanks so much.
nettiecrain@live.com

Tara Cherry said...

I love fussy cutting and have always bought premise templates to do it. I love how Jen showed how to make your own and even how to draw an image on there to make sure you are getting the same cut each time.

Michele said...

I can't say I learned anything I didn't already know but from another of her videos I learned about the microstitch basting gun.
It was nice to watch her work and explain what she was doing.

Carol said...

I didn't not know that thread had a nap!

lvkwilt said...

I never thought of myself as a "groupie," but I am a HUGE Jen Kingwell fan! I LOVE her patterns and am excited to get some of that beautiful Gardenvale fabric...she is amazing. I've currently got three EPP projects going and love hand applique. Thanks for the videos and the chance at this awesome giveaway!!

Pam said...

I learned a new use for my circle templates. Listening and watching Jen inspires me and gives me confidence that I can be successful with one of her patterns.

Sue said...

I learned how to glue baste an applique piece. I can't wait to use this technique!

Kathy Sue said...

I loved all of the fussy cutting tips, especially in regards to making templates and blackening the seam allowance. I love the way fussy cutting can so enhance a pattern. Jen has such a wealth of information to share. Thank you. kathleendotlutzatcomcastdotnet

Darlene Duchaine said...

LOVE IT! This was extremely helpful to me. I'm making a baby quilt and now I can add more detail! Thank you for peaking my creativity! Now I have purchase more supplies!! Love it! Thank you Always!

Lorraine said...

I learned more about fussy cutting (how to use the templates more effectively) and how to do points in hand applique. These videos are great!

Anonymous said...

I love fussy cutting- thanks for the info on making my own templates! Sarah:crjandsbj(at)netzero(dot)com

legato1958 said...

So clever to make your own templates, with the center cut out and the seam allowance shaded darker.
Susie

Darlene Duchaine said...

The hand appliqué is the best! Thank You! My elephants will look perfect now! Love it! These are always the best inspiring videos!

Elsa said...

I didn't know that thread has a nap ~ I'll be more careful when threading my needle from now on! Thanks so much for the great video tutorials!

This is such a wonderful giveaway ~ I'm a big fan of Jeni Kingwell ~ love her designs!

jeannine said...

I learned that thread had a knapp...never knew that! I also decided to give hand applique a try thanks to Jen!

Hildy said...

I love the tips about the inside and outside points didn't know that! Now I hope my appilqués will look better:-)

Diana said...

It was news to me that thread has nap! I love the use of fussy cutting for patterns especially with big prints and flowers. Using and making your own templates was also a neat idea - the world is a black canvas. Thank you for sharing!!

Donna W said...

I learned how to make my own fussy cut templates and how to draw an image on there to make sure you are getting the same cut each time.

Karen said...

I really like the window template idea. I thought the center was cut out, but it is just the seam allowance is darkened with a marker. Great tip!

Patricia said...

Using registration marks, is what I have learned.

Susan Arnold said...

Putting the black edge around on the homemade template is a great idea! Really helps to define the area that's desired. Thanks for the tip!

TisaIrish said...

I really appreciate when pros share specific info about the tools that they use. I added the pink ceramic lead pencil she recommended to my must-have list after I watched this video.

Anonymous said...

Watching needle turn applique is so helpful. I've done a lot of hand sewing, but not this method. Thank you.

Jan at jcmcenter@msn.com

ejpkam said...

Didn't know the thread had a nap

tara said...

I learned to look at fabric with a new eye, to see different ways of making the pattern work

crazy quilter said...

I cannot ever remember which end to know myself, but the tip about thread having a nap was really a keeper. Thanks for the chance to win.

reddquilter said...

Great info. On fussy cutting.
Love her patterns!

laura williams said...

wow -- what a great video --to many tips to pick from -- but defiantly looking forward to adding this to my "to do list!"

samtaylorcjsmimi said...

I've been wanting to try fussy cutting - I think this might be just enough to get my nerve up to go for it!! Thanks for the help and the chance to win :)
Debby E
samtaylorcjsmimi at yahoo dot com

Heather Noordermeer said...

I learned to draw the registration marks or trace the motif on the template and use it to match the fabric so all cuts will be the same. Love Jen's patterns. Thanks for the chance to win some!

Jackie said...

Learned about marking templates for fussy cutting.

Anonymous said...

I love the idea of using a sharpie to draw the seam allowance on the plastic template. It makes so much sense.

Dianne
dbienick at comcast dot net

Elizabeth Prine said...

I had the pleasure of meeting Jen at Quiltcon and I'm in love with her and everything she does! I've watched all the videos and I'll continue to watch them over and over, mainly because I love her approach to quilting. I think I learned the most from her video on quilt as you go. It's something I've wanted to do for a while now and I much prefer her method to others I've seen. Please continue to feature great artists like Jen! I would LOVE to win these patterns because she's inspired me to do hand piecing :)

CASSIE HATCH said...

I liked that she drew on the template to ensure all your fussy cutting is accurate-now I might actually try it! *might* :)

Mae Long said...

Love the tips for fussy cutting - blacking out the seam allowance on the template plastic and also using an outline for the piece to be fussy cut so that you can match it up each time.
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Genee' Davis said...

Lol I have been sewing for years.....but never ever considered thread as having a nap to it! :-)

SBK said...

The registration marks for fussy cutting seem obvious, but I hadn't done that before. Great idea! And thanks for the giveaway.

Caro said...

Her videos are wonderful! I learned how many stitches you should sew on one side of an EPP hexagon..

kathy said...

All of the videos were sources of great information. I was happy to learn about registration marks in fussy cutting.

krazgrl said...

I've thoroughly enjoyed Jen's videos. Very helpful and insightful. One thing that I struggle with, and probably seems kind of silly, but that is when I run out of thread, the transition of stopping a stitch and starting a stitch once I've re-threaded my needle.

MamaSaree said...

I learned fussy cutting wasn't just for squares! Haha! That's the only way I'd ever seen it (or noticed?). I love all the fun shape templates Jen just introduced to me! And the neat ways to use them!

ruthshelton10@att.net said...

I watched one of her videos for the first time last night. I am following her now. Thanks for introducing her.

AsktheLandlady said...

I learned about using templates to fussy cut and about darkening the seam allowance-- clever!

Mrs Quinn said...

Using registration marks. Never thought to do that. Would certainly help to get a proper fussy cut.

B Greene said...

Who knew it mattered which end of a thread you put through the needle first?

kmshadle@yahoo.com said...

I learned about fussy cutting. It is a great tool I can't wait to try.

Dee said...

LOVE THE INFORMANTION ON FUSSY CUTTING.

French 75 said...

Thanks for posting the EXCELLENT Jen Kingwell videos. She is such an amazing designer.
I have watched her fussy cutting video several times. I love her technique of using the template plastic with the cut out window to fussy cut the fabrics. I cut my own templates and found that it makes getting the cuts exact so much easier.

Lacey Burns said...

Fussy cutting is something I had never heard of but I can't wait to try it! Jen explained it so well and makes it look so easy!

Gail said...

I didn't know what fussy cutting was and now I do! And I can say I learned something on my birthday! ;)

Jennifer Garner said...

I loved learning how to applique but I couldn't see the epp video Kimberly mentioned. I would have loved to have seen that as it's my next project! (I ended up finding it on youtube.) However, learning how to applique and about how to properly thread & knot the thread was all new to me! Thanks for the chance at the give-away.

Debbie said...

I didn't not know that thread had a nap. This will be very helpful!

Michelle Mattingly said...

I had heard about fussy cutting, but I didn't understand the reason for using it outside of just wanting to center a little motif in something like a center hexagon in flower garden quilt. Now I see how it can be used to create a completely different design.

Stina... said...

Oh...lots and lots of great tips...haven't really gotten into the fussy cutting so that was really interesting to watch...this is so much fun and now I have to go and practise.... ;0)))

Cindy Mizer said...

I love her use of window templates to visualize what she is fussy cutting.

Sewing In CT said...

The tip of the which end of thread to knot is helpful and easier to remember. I love Jen's demonstration of several needle turn applique skills. It is very useful to see it being done and hear her gentle voice. I am looking forward to trying it again.

Martha Cook said...

Learned a lot,but where to insert the thread and where to knot was a first for me.

Barbara Bailey said...

I learned what "fussy cutting" is! Something new!
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Jennifer Barclay said...

I really liked learning about decorative big stitch quilting in another video with her. Those little x's are so sweet.

Mary Goffin said...

I learnt more about fussy cutting and how to use templates to get different patterns.

Emily Kim said...

Learned about all the benefits of fussy cutting. I hear people talk about it all the time, but never truly appreciated how it can enhance the look of a quilt!

Frankie said...

I love the idea of making my own templates and using registration marks on them for particular fabric patterns. Brilliant!

Jessica said...

I learned what fussy cutting is! Thanks!

Misty West said...

I really enjoyed the fussy cutting video! I have never tried it but now I will! Looking within the fabric for a new design seems like it could completely change your approach to fabric buying and quilting. Thanks so much.

CG said...

I learned that there is a correct end to thread with!

Kristy said...

I learned how great the pink and or green ceramic lead pencil can be.....putting that on my wish list. From her paper piecing video I loved how she used the red clover binding clips. Love everything Jen Kingwell creates!

Fernie said...

I loved the paper
Uecing and also the dresden plate one. Thanks for the chance to win. Love your site.

Amanda said...

I had no idea that the thread had a nap or what it meant. A tip I will surely use. Thanks!

lindawwww said...

Drawing the registration marks on your templete makes it easy to see exactly where to draw your lines.

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Marly said...

I learnt to start stitching by bringing the needle through only the appliqué piece and not the background. That's what I've done till now, but this method gives much more control. Thanks Jen.

Jessica said...

I learned that you can color in the seam allowance on your template to see exactly what your fussy cut piece will look like when sewn.

Kathy said...

Well I learned a LOT! Probably because I don't know enough about hand applique. Thread has a nap, the stitches are much tinier than I would have thought, and the trick about clipping a bit of fabric away from an outer point. I really do want to try my hand at this. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Jacquie Morris said...

Firstly I think the clip is brilliant, as a beginner I loved it..and I have watched a few times!! It's just so useful...I do English paper piecing (mostly just hexigons!.....so this clip was great as showed me I could actually create other shapes!) but really had I clue I did not have to stitch it all away around the shap. It makes perfect sense really to leave the end open that your not going to see!! And doing a circle to cover it....brilliant!! I have learnt something new everytime I have watched and re watched the clip!! I just think it's brilliant and so informative...thank you!

Sassypants said...

I learned d from Jen to be free and quilt with any "needle with a point" instead of the tiny ones I learned to use years ago! I love Jen and all the videos! Thanks for producing them! I would love to win the patterns!

Afton Warrick said...

II learned how to get the same orientation within the fussy cut each time by using registration marks.

Janie said...

Love her fussy cutting technique. Thank you so much!

Peggy Wilson said...

Watched all the videos on Saturday. Learned thread has a nap. Loved the crossed thread way to quilt. I had quilted in my lap, too and was glad a pro does it. Peggy from MS

Betty said...

Loved the fussy-cutting video - very helpful and I love Jen's work!!
The tip about cutting out the template on plastic and then blacking out the 1/4" seam allowance is great - I'd just been winging it without great success. Also good to know about the registration points.

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

Well let me just say the videos are awesome!!!! I know nothing about hand sewing and learned so much. I had no idea that thread has nap so I'll use the tip bf Kimberly to put the needle on before cutting and knotting. So clever!!!

Jenny said...

I love the idea of fussy cutting using a template to cut accurately

Heather O'Brien said...

I never really thought about why my thread would tangle! The tip about thread have a specific direction and making sure to thread the needle with the leading end will definitely help.

Terry said...

I learned how to use template plastic to do fussy cutting..great tips!!
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KatB said...

Thanks so very much for the excellent videos. The tip about the registration marks is great.

Linda Big D said...

I use a lot of novelty prints so really enjoyed the fussy cutting tips, especially the one about marking a reference point on the template to get uniformity among multiple cuts.

Vicki H said...

I didn't know that thread has a nap.

M&L Verwys said...

Great fussy cut video. Napping thread!! Who knew! Thanks for the giveaway chance

Katy Marriott said...

Blacking out seam allowances on templates is such a good idea - can't believe I didn't think of it!

Barb said...

Loved the fussy cuts video. I never thought to put registration marks on the template while fussy cutting. Great tips!

Marsha Hodgkins said...

It seems like I always appreciate the professional's reminders on how to do outside and inside points. That tiny clip on the outside point of the heart was a new tip for me. Thanks so much and what a lovely giveaway!

Lori LeVar said...

I learned that in hand appliqué, to hide the knot under the fold! I've never done that before? Loved watching all of the videos!

Anonymous said...

I learned that thread has a nap and the registration mark on a template is a good idea.

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Elizabeth Fugate said...

Interesting videos. Learned a lot form the applique video. I did not realize thread has a thread has a nap. I will be certain to always thread my needle and then cut my thread so I do not mix up the two ends. Thank you!

kathy slaughter cummings said...

I learned about thread nap.
I made a "Layer Cake Lemonade " quilt after seeing your video.
Thank you.

Mary said...

making the same registration marks and cutout templates are such a great idea. thanks for all the information.

Mary

Malibu Barbie said...

Thanks for the tip about threading the needle BEFORE cutting the thread, I never remember that thread has a 'direction'.... also like the tip about outside points and clipping that tiny little bit of extra fabric.

Love all of Jen's patterns. Thanks for the chance to win one!

Kathy E. said...

I want to do this soon! I learned that Jen uses 50 wt. thread to sew down the applique. Good to know!

poppyinstitches said...

i've never done any fussy cutting, wonderful tips. thak you so much for sharing

Marianne said...

I learned that thread has nap and a tip to keep it right by threading your needle first. The patterns are amazing.

Ann Dunn said...

I liked the hint about making registration marks on the template to assist in fussy cutting. Thanks for the chance to win patterns.

anndunn24(at)gmail.com

amylynne said...

I have been sewing a long time and never knew thread had a nap! I have really loved watching these videos! Thanks for the chance to win the patterns!

Anita Gambrell said...

Yay! I learned what the dots were for on the templates!! Finally! Learning a lot more every single day !

susan said...

I learned about Sew Line glue and will be trying it when I English paper piece. Thank you for the chance to win.

Susie said...

Love all Jen's work including these videos. Didn't know there was a nap on the thread. I like Kimberly's idea of leaving it on the spool to cut.

Ramona said...

I'd really like to know where she gets her acrylic templates! Love those. I ended up watching about 4 or 5 of the Jen Kingwell videos FQS hosted. They are wonderful. She gives such clear precise instructions. Would love to see an online class (Craftsy!) with her. Love, love, love her quilts and patterns!

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

I love Jen's patterns. The ideas on template use are brilliant. I will definitely be using them in the future. Thanks!!

Delcia R. said...

I really liked Jen's tips on using the clear templates for fussy cutting, both purchased and making your own templates. I also liked her tiny and secure 20 or so stitches per stitch when English paper piecing. Almost invisible compared to other instructions saying you only need 8 or so per inch. Those stitches show and don't seem very secure. I've always done 20+ and glad Jen validated it with her beautiful, creative work.

SHARON ZISOS said...

I loved Jen's videos. I especially enjoyed the paper piecing and fussy cutting one and will be trying this soon!

Betsy said...

Great tip to darken in the seam allowance on the templates with a black marker.

Every Stitch said...

It was great to hear about the basting gun - something I must try as it seems so much easier than pins or stitch-basting. Great videos! thanks for the opportunity :)

Lori Nicholas said...

I loved the idea of registration marks on the clear templates. What a wonderful idea from a wonderfully talented and creative quilter!

Cori said...

All of the video had wonderful tips. The one I never knew was to thread the needle then cut and knot the just cut end. I took notes. Thank you

cookie said...

I have never tried hand applique but am willing to start now. I like how Jan explains the reason for each stage of the applique, the size of the needle and the thread weight. 50 wt. Aurifil is used in a lot of my work. Love the stuff. I also love English paper piecing but have never appliqued my projects to a backing. Love her designs.

lovetostitch said...

I have often fussy cut, but never used registration marks to keep things all even and get the same cut - mine was just eye ball & pray. I have signed up for a class with Jen next month, and really looking forward to it.

elizabethlineberry said...

I learned to thread with the leading end and tie the knot on the end where I cut from the spool. I never would have thought that was a thing!

Margaret said...

I loved the hand quilting video from Jen Kingwell. It was great to learn how she buries the thread in the quilt at the start and end. I like her method very much. Also doing a cross stitch for a quilting stitch is genius!

ellen fischer said...

I have been interested in English Paper Piecing. Loved Jen's tutorial, I learned a lot! Thank you.

wendy said...

All three of the video's were very helpful. I like the templates Jen uses for her fussy cutting and the idea of using registration marks for more accurate cutting. Thanks!

Brie said...

I learned a lot about thread!!! Very cool!

maudie said...

I did not know thread had a nap. And I love her work!

cat said...

Jen K. is amazing. I loved all her great tips especially about the registration marks on the template so they can all be cut the very same way. Thanks for the videos and the giveaway.

Tiara said...

I liked learning about marking your template with seam allowance and I didn't know there was a correct end of the thread to needle.

Afquilt said...

I learned thread had a nap!

Laura Ferdal said...

I learnt that I had to keep a 1/4 inch seam while cutting and could make my own template from plastic!

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Anita said...

Jen has a great teaching style. I am going to try some of the fussy cutting ideas in my next project
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Janan said...

I like the idea of threading the needle before snipping. Always threads from the spool, really cool. I have always wanted to try paper piecing and now I think I just might do that! Would LOVE to have one of Jens patterns.

Terri said...

I love the idea of making your own see-through plastic template with a frame so you can see what you're fussy cutting (as opposed to the paper templates). I also love the idea of using glue instead of basting stitches. I didn't know EPP stitches were SO tiny and SO close together. Can't wait to try all these wonderful techniques!

Smoochy said...

I learned to hand quilt with Xs from Jen's hand quilting video and shared it with my boss. We both love the way it looks!

linynp said...

Miss Jen you are absolutely amazing! Ok so now I have the courage to try hand work! Needle turn appliqué had not been my strong area but you made it look effortless so now I'll try again. I think I'll succeed now!

Sandy B. said...

These a re great videos! I never knew that I should knot my thread at the end closet to the spool as it comes off the spool. Hoping to try that and see if I have less issues with knotting thread as I am sewing. Thank you!

Lesley said...

Love the tips for templates and fussy cutting

Jenny B said...

Seeing that fussy cut flower is a total game changer. I mean WOW. So pretty. Love the idea of putting registration marks on the template as well. Total why didn't I think of that? moment!

Diane said...

Oh...very helpful videos! I have never done needle turn applique and I picked up so many hints. Thank you FQS and Jen Kingwell. I never knew about knotting the end of the thread that is towards the spool.

Julie V said...

The thread nap and knotting toward the spool tips are so helpful. Thanks for the opportunity!

Lori K said...

First of all, I LOVED this series! Thank you for ALL the tips!!! It's so hard to pick a favorite tip, but I think it's learning about Aurifil 12 weight thread for hand quilting. I can't wait to try it!!

Karen said...

I will be threading my needle with the thread still on the spool before cutting it free to see if that helps prevent knots with my handstitching!

Kristy said...

I learned about the window technique and blacking out the seam allowance. That makes it easier to see the repeat! I also liked the tracing of the actual design to get the exact placement. I know I struggle with that. Thanks so much for the videos! K- lkw2x6-apq@yahoo.com

Ljel25 said...

I never knew there was a right/wrong way to thread a needle!! Now it makes perfect sense why the thread sometimes curls and knots up and other times it doesn't! Would have saved me so much aggravation... ;)

Ljel25 said...

I never knew there was a right/wrong way to thread a needle!! Now it makes perfect sense why the thread sometimes curls and knots up and other times it doesn't! Would have saved me so much aggravation... ;)

magistra said...

I have to say that I was completely flabbergasted to learn that it made a difference which end of the thread you used to thread a needle! How persnickety is that? Haha! I really enjoyed all the videos and I'm sure I'll watch them more than once :)
Beth

Alexandra Uhríková said...

I did not know thread had a nap, which end to thread first to prevent twisting and knotting.

Unknown said...

What the great videos! I have watched all of them, love the cross stitching/quilting (that I will try for sure) and also marking the template for fussy cutting is a great idea. Thank you for doing such a nice and helpful videos!
Jana

Joan and Kevin said...

Wow! I had no idea thread had a nap!
Thanks

Brita said...

While I knew most of what Jen said, I was blown away by her fabric choices, especially the two-color stripes for background. Love her style!

Cindy said...

I love the idea of the registration marks to get an accurate cut each time- how genius! Thanks for the chance!

Sherry Fram said...

First I've been sewing the appliqué on in the wrong direction. Also I never knew thread had a nap.

Freda George said...

Found the idea of the window template with the edges blackened a very useful idea

Jodi Wolff said...

Learned Fussy Cutting. I will look to incorporate this into my next EPP project.

Laura930 said...

I love the concept of fussy cutting. She just gave me a new way to look at fabric!

janie said...

I have never thought of fussy cutting to make different looking blocks, great ideas and the thread Nap, who knew.

Michelle Olsen Sasak said...

I had no idea that thread has nap. What useful information!

rburnitt said...

Didn't know thread had a nap

smileynann said...

I had never thought about hand quilting in sections (from a previous JK video) - it kind of blew my mind!

Kathi Ernst said...

The entire video on hand applique was very helpful. Especially threading and knotting the thread the correct direction to prevent tangled threads. I never knew that!

Vanessa said...

I loved the Jen Kingwell videos! Learned a lot about fussy cutting.
Thanks so much.
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hiyacinth said...

I never knew that when doing needle-turned applique, I should bury the knot in the applique piece, not the background, when starting.

diane said...

Great tip on marking template for fussy cutting!

Kellysews said...

I learned how to break down one of my aunts quilts after learning about fussy cutting. It is obvious, my aunt learned from a pro like Jen.

Brenda E. said...

Her thread tip is one I had not heard before-threading the needle from the beginning end and knotting the end from the spool. Also when Jen shows the tip on points-clipping the excess before turning under is another. Thanks!

Nancy Hilderbrand said...

after watching the video I ordered the fussy cut templates because it taught me how to do it.

Barbara Beyun said...

I love Jen Kingwell! I've been scared to start my La Passacaglia quilt- watching Jen demonstrate how to fussy cut has given me some confidence!

Anna Neff said...

learned that when doing needle-turned applique I should bury the knot in the applique piece, not the background when starting. Of course I don't really know anything about applique, so the video was full of information for me.

Donna said...

I watched the video on EPP and learned the glue-method of prepping the pieces, had just planned a grandmother's flower garden quilt, so really good timing.

Alexandra Belikova said...

You are the great teachers! I love the video.

janna sutherland said...

I had heard the term "fussycut" before, bud never knew what it meant. Now I have a clear explanation and so much more information on how to use it. Thank you!

Lynne said...

I learned about different templates and making sure you allow for the 1/4" seam.
Thanks for sharing these wonderful tips.

Sharon B. said...

I loved the videos with Jen Kingwell.
I have been wanting to know how to applique and the video is inspiring me to just do it. Love EPP and have recently begun to work on a project. Jen Kingwell's quilt are so beautiful and amazing! Thanks for an opportunity to win her patterns.

lizathandsewnexperiment said...

I learned that I've been knotting my thread at the wrong end! Thanks for the tutorials and for spreading the hand piecing love!

Nancy Lewis said...

I didn't know that thread had a nap. I can't wait to try this, since I do a lot of hand quilting.

Bella Quilts said...

In hand applique, I didn't know it made a difference in which type of applique you were doing as to where you would put the knot when starting. Great tips.

go_design said...

The threading trick is interesting. I had no idea you had to thread with/knot a certain end.

Allison CB said...

Loved the fussy cutting tips and I love Jen's patterns!

Crafty Coffin said...

I love the idea of making your own template, coloring in the seam allowance and then making the registration marks so you can cut the same portion every time.

Hilary Wilson said...

I have always heard of needle turn applique, but I wasn't sure exactly what it was. Watching Jen do it made it look really easy! And now I know how it works!!

Megan Collins said...

I had heard of needle turn appliqué, but didn't know what it was- now I do- Thanks !

Melanie said...

I really liked her EPP and appliqué videos....I've never tried either before...but want too. Thanks!

Janise Leuenberger said...

I lIked learning about starting on the appliqué piece in stead of the back of the background piece. Also thank you for showing to cut the thread off the spool.

Aimee said...

I love the idea to use a template for fussy cutting fabric. I have been eyeballing it and tend to be off on a few pieces. Thanks, Jen!

Vicki said...

I learned SO much from watching these videos, from the nap of the thread, to sewing an inner and outer point properly when needle turning, to looking at fabric in a new way to do fuss cutting. I am really looking forward to using these new technical skills in a new series of quilts. Thanks so much to both Fat Quarter Shop and Jen Kingwell for sharing these videos. P.S. I love that quilt that is the backdrop in these videos.

Charity Reesor said...

I never heard of fussy cut before... Learn something new every day ;) this is awesome!!!!

Cheryl said...

I really liked how Jen used the registration marks to match up patterns for fussy cutting

Lu said...

I did not know that the thread had a nap to it. I learned to thread the needle before cutting the thread so that I can be sure that I have the correct end threaded through the needle . Thank you for all the wonderful information. I learned a lot and it would be wonderful to win the gracious give away of your patterns.

Natureluvr57 said...

I learned so many tips from her videos. One thing I must beat into my head is to put the knotted side between the background fabric and the applique piece when beginning. I have a bad habit of going from behind the background fabric. I will re-watch these videos several times as they will be a great reminder. Thanks for the great videos!

Sonya said...

I learned to draw around a plastic template, then cut it out with scissors!

Tracine Charest said...

I learned not to pull the fabric too tightly around the template when using glue. Love the idea of cutting out the middle of template to help with fussy cutting. Loved it
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mommyheartsfamily said...

Thank you for the inspiration. Love Fat Quarter Shop and Jen Kingwell. Thank you, thank you for all the YouTube videos - especially Kingwell's! I learned that pink or aqua are go to colors for tracing templates, and that I should look for some angled scissors. Learned a lot more... but the tools were a place for me to start. Have to go through stash and look for fabric in the way that is in Jen's quilts - something to cut and repeat. Intriguing! Love chubby dresdens. Really want to be Jen's friend... lol. Thanks!

Ali K said...

Loved the hand quilting tips!

WYO Di said...

Registration marks is a new concept for me; thanx for the video!

Anita said...

I learned a lot about fussy cutting.

Jen said...

I love Jens work and learning about adding a double stitch to inner points while appliqueing will come in very useful! Thanks for the videos ,I love them! 👍😀

Quilter in the Gap said...

I love how she make hand appliqué look so simple. I learned a great deal but the best was which way to thread my needle - according to the twist of the thread.

Anonymous said...

I learned to cut away the inside of my template so you can see the exact placement is spot on! What a great idea. Thread nap was new to me too. I'd LOVE to win the books...such creativity!
Debbie
ollieami@aol.com

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