Monday, April 11, 2011

Machine Applique'

I worked on a project that was in Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine. This particular one is designed by Jan Patek and will be a pillow when I'm finished.
The good people at Lapel stick asked if I would like to try a glue stick sample and do a review on my blog. This was before my trip to NYC and soon I thought the lapel stick people would be pounding on my door asking for their glue sticks back if I didn't keep my end of the bargain.

 Here it is.  The little card says "Replaces baste stitching, pinning, taping ,spray adhesives and stabilizers. Will also handle any fashion emergency."

I thought a bit of invisible machine applique was in order for a test. I didn't add much glue at all to hold the fabric down to the freezer paper. It is easier for me to add more then it is for me to try and wipe it off. It seemed to work comparable to any other washable glue stick.

 I have noticed in the past that after using glue sticks for a bit they get warm, soft, and gummy. I used to keep mine in the fridge between gluing pieces. Lapel stick didn't seem to have that problem.
I put just a tiny bit of glue on the pieces to hold them while I appliqued with the machine. My house doesn't look too square but that doesn't have anything to do with the glue stick! LOL Nothing shifted while I sewed.
 The real test would be how easily I could get the fabric off the paper and removed from the piece. I sprayed a bit of water, waited, and had no problem getting it to release from the fabric. After it dried I couldn't feel any residue left from the glue.

I was also prepping this wool block. I do not wash this when I'm done sewing so I just added a tiny little bit to hold the berry on and it worked great until I got it hand sewn. I cannot even tell there was glue on it.

I would like to add that Lapel stick is very charitable. They have a
wonderful label translated to Japanese if you'd like to check it out. I know many of us are making quilts for Japan. This would be a lovely touch.

If you would like to try your own lapel stick I have three of them to giveaway. Leave me a comment letting me know you'd like one and I'll draw three names on Wednesday.

59 comments:

  1. Would love to win this new glue stick. I've been invisible appliquing alot lately... and with Jan Patek Designs. Will have to watch for this new product while out shopping. Thanks!

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  2. Your little house block is so cute. I had never heard of this glue stick but would give it a ry as applique is my favorite form of quilting.
    Darlene

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  3. Well, I love the house project you are working on. I'll have to check that out when I get my magazine.

    Thanks for the info. on the glue stick. I don't use them much but it's nice to know!

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  4. A glue stick that doesn't get gummy? I would love to try it! Thank you for the give away!

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  5. I've never used any type of fabric glue for quilting before, so this would be an interesting product to try! I may have to try and find that book too!!

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  6. I just received my copy of the magazine, and I'm itching to work on several of the projects -- would LOVE to try out this glue stick on one of them!
    Jeanne

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  7. I've seen several bloggers talking about glueing their applique pieces all down before stitching and it sounded interesting to me. I'd love to give the glue stick a try. I want to check out an issue of that new magazine if I can find one also. Thanks!

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  8. I would love to win this and try it out. I am always in search of something to help me with my applique.

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  9. An interesting post. I've never tried using glue for any sewing activity before. It would be fun to give it a try.

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  10. Thank you So much for the link about labels! I have now about 8 quilts (made with blocks from blogland) almost ready to be sent out. I'm going to look into that resource!

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  11. Lori, I do a lot of applique, so I'd love to give this glue stick a try. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  12. Does it work good on wool? And where would one buy it. Cute project. Did the little bunny get a quilt yet?

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  13. The glue stick sounds great. I haven't tried a glue for applique yet, but I woudl like to!

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  14. I like using glue sticks for applique, and I'm excited that this one doesn't get gummy. Where would I buy it? You know, in case I don't win!

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  15. Lovely new house.
    Always happy to learn about something new that will make our quilting lives easier.

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  16. You have already made a quilt from the Primitive magazine and I still don't have mine! whaaa, whaaa! (That's crying in case you could not interpret.)

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  17. I'm always on the lookout for new ways to make applique easier...thanks for letting us know how this worked for you!

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  18. I am always looking for new products to make applique easier. This looks like a good one. I haven't seen it in the stores yet but will look for it. Thanks.

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  19. I would love to try out a glue stick! I am currently using Roxanne's Glue Baste it and it is more than half gone! Thanks for the chance win a glue stick...would love to give it a whirl!
    Paulette

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  20. Thanks for the tutorial , I love seeing how other quilters prepare their work. I use a glue that is like roxannes glue for my needle turn applique.
    I also like the variety of quilts you have on the go .

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  21. I saw that magazine briefly at the quilt shop where I work. It was gone before I had a chance to look through it! The glue applique method has not been one of my favorites. This glue might make the difference!

    LaDonna

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  22. Love the tree by the house. Cute design, need to pick up a copy of the magazine. Would love to try the glue stick - and throw the old ones out! Thanks for the generous offering.

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  23. I would love to try the new glue stick. I have several applique projects to try it out on. Can't wait to get my copy of the magazine. I ordered it a couple of weeks ago. Thanks, Vanya

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  24. Does the glue stick gummy up your needle at all? Would love one of them...if not free then I will be on a quest to get one ;)

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  25. Okay, I just went and bought some school glue stick to use... I think this would work much better :o) Would love to be entered in the drawing!

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  26. Thanks for the demo on the lapel stick. It looks like something I could sure use for doing hand applique - I do not like to use pins!
    Thanks for your giveaway.

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  27. Love your house block! Im thinking that lapel stick sounds awesome for appliqué. Would love to give it a try!!

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  28. What a sweet block. I love house blocks. Thanks for the tutorial on the glue stick. I would love to try it. Hugs.

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  29. I'd love to try the glue sticks. I will be looking for this glue product on a shop hop this weekend! Yeah. Michele

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  30. Finding glue that works well for all the projects I do is always a problem, so would love to try the Lapel glue stick. Thanks.

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  31. I'd enjoy giving this new product a try. :-)

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  32. Cute house block...they seem to be making more of a reappearance lately.
    I just tossed my old glue stick....hated it...it got gooy...so I would be up for trying out a new product....shoot...I might even pull out one of my many unfinished applique projects! :)
    Thanks for always giving me such inspiration.

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  33. I would love to try this brand of glue stick! The one I use I am not very enthusiastic about. It does leave a bit of blue residue!

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  34. that house pillow is going to be adorable...
    I have never used glue stick for applique before but lately I have been considering it especially for the circles on my flower garden quilt blocks...would love to give this a try
    thanks
    Kathie

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  35. Always looking for an easier, quicker way...thanks for sharing! Will look for this new product and thank you for a chance to try one.

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  36. Would love a chance to win a Lapel stick. Thanks.

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  37. Sounds good! I would love to try it, so please add me to the drawing. Your house is cute!

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  38. Great review Lori...I'm going to look for the new glue stick at my local quilt shop.

    Love your cute little house block.

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  39. I am fan of glue sticks. Sure would like to try this new one. Beautiful house pillow. Thanks.

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  40. HI Lori - this is the second great review I have seen on this particular glue stick. I love your block - I am still waiting for my magazine to arrive - maybe today!

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  41. Lori,

    I would love to try one of the glue sticks. Most of the applique that I do is IMA.

    Thanks for the give away!

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  42. I love Jan Patek designs and yours is lovely! I would love to try this product, it looks amazing! Thank you for the review and a chance to win.

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  43. I am so anxious to get my hands on that magazine . . . . I didn't start a subscription because I knew we would be moving. I just love your project!

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  44. This product looks fabulous! I have yet to find the perfect applique technique for me. It seems I've tried them all! Love the house block!

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  45. I'd love one! I just started block 19 on Cherry Trees and I could use it for the applique since it washes out so well. Most of my glue sticks are stored in the freezer.

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  46. Wow! Thank you for the picture tutorial and info..plus a chance to try some :-) I have applique plans in my current and near future :-) and would love to try a Lapel stick. I checked out the website and found the quilt label for the quilts for Japan. What a sweet idea for them to do that. It is nice to present the quilt label in their own language.
    Love the house project! This new magazine seems full of great stuff!

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  47. Oh thanks for a chance to win....I have not had luck with glue sticks in the past but willing to give a new product a try.

    Love the little house......is it for rent? :0)

    Happy Sewing

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  48. Cute appliqué and intriguing product...I'd love a chance to win one to try it out :o)

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  49. HI Lori - I heard about this new glue stick and I'd love to give it a try......

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  50. Would love to try this glue stick. I do a lot of wool work and that would be nice for it. Thanks, Nancy P.

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  51. I was just using a basting glue to hold a quilt label in place while I stitched it on. I would love to try the glue stick to compare to what I am currently using. Thanks for the review. I hope I win!

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  52. Any glue stick that makes applique work easier would be a welcomed addition to my supply box. I'm only an advanced beginner, as far as applique.
    It sounds like this one passed your tests with flying colors. I'll keep my fingers crossed. Thanks for the giveaway, Lori

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  53. The pillow is going to be great. I like the sound of the glue stick, especially if it doesn't get too gummy. I've used a lot of brands in my time. Good idea to machine applique then you'll be able to get on with the next project in the magazine.

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  54. I'd love to win one! I have been following you for a few months now and enjoy your appreciation for the antique type blocks and quilts. (Barb of 'Fun with...' sent me). I enjoy applique but have never liked the gummy glue sticks - good post! Thanks!!

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  55. hum...I would love to try out the Lapel glue stick...will have to look for it...thanks for doing this review..

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  56. I wasn't sure if it was too late to enter the contest or not, so thought I'd take a chance. This is an interesting product, and well worth investigating. Thanks for the product review.

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  57. Thanks for the review! Wish I had had one of these sticks while working on a new wool project--I had to resort to temporarily stitching an X with my perle cotton to hold pieces on when I had no pins with me. Thanks for the opportunity to win some.

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  58. Great to know about the glue teknic. Hope I'am not to late for joining this :-)

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  59. Cute block. Thanks foe heads up on the glue stick!

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