Product Review: Select Appli-Web Plus and Select Appli-Stick

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Hi everyone!

I came back from Market with two new appliqué products to try after Alex Anderson’s husband, John, dropped off a roll of Select Appli-Stick and Select Appli-Web Plus at my both.  I made a green version of my Romance table topper in Carina to check them out and thought I’d tell you what I found.  (Carina is shipping in August/September from Benartex.)

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I really loved the Select Appli-Web Plus.  It is very lightweight when applied – much like Shades SoftFuse, which is another paper-back fusible web that I love.  The actual paper that you trace on is thicker though – but the fusible is really light.  It didn’t  take very long to fuse and didn’t require steam, which I liked.  Alex has also been working on a paper-less version of this product, which is called Select Appli-Web (without the plus), but I like the paper backing to trace my appliqué shapes.

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Select Appli-Stick is a completely different product.  It peels back to reveal a heavier fusible that is actually quite tacky.  This would be an excellent product for those of you who like to really play with appliqué on a design wall and reposition it.  I usually work out the placement of my appliqué on a computer before I go to sew, so I liked the Select Appli-Web Plus a bit better, but I could see applications where the Appli-Stick could be really useful.  In fact, I just was looking up the links for their website and noted that they have this product in 1/4”, 1/2”, and 1” widths, which would be awesome for appliqué bars!

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Thanks to Alex and John for letting me try their new products – I really enjoyed them!

Happy quilting!

Amanda

 

 

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New patterns for Spring 2015

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Hi everyone!

It seems like I have been waiting for this day – the day I can share new pattern information – forever!  They are back from the printer and all the distributor and Market orders have been sent.  They are also up over in my shop.

I hope you like these new designs!  Here they are…

First Crush is a fat-quarter friendly, twin-sized quilt that is actually a deceptively simple quilt made from just one block!

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The interlocking hearts form a secondary design so it is really fun to watch it come together!

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Of course, by choosing a different border fabric you can dramatically alter the look of the design…

First Crush aqua border
First Crush with the original aqua border
First Crush teal border
First Crush with a teal border
First Crush pink border
First Crush with a deep pink border
First Crush green border
First Crush with the green border

By the way, all these quits feature Carina, my first line for Benartex.  I couldn’t be more excited about it and I’ll be blogging more specifically about the fabric when it ships in August/September of this year.

Next up, Bouquet, which is a really graphic lap-sized piece.  Basically made up of squares, rectangles, and half-square triangles, it is super-easy to piece with just a touch of appliqué.

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This was actually my first quilt that I quilted on the BERNINA Q 24, so it was thrilling!  (Some of you might have seen sneak peeks over on Instagram.)

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Next up is Romance – a really quick but elegant 22” table runner…

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I couldn’t stop making this one – it was fun to play with the colors in the collection.  I used 28 wt. Aurifil thread for the appliqué – my favorite!

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And last, but not least, is Heart’s Delight.

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It is my new block-of-the-month style quilt.  The pattern itself is chock-full of full color diagrams to guide you.  You start in the center with a heart shaped bargello design and work outward, adding borders as you go.  This was also quilted on the Q 24, this time with Aurifil monofilament thread, which was trouble-free.  It worked so well and saved a ton of time not having to change colors since I started quilting this two days before Market!

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Do you like them?  I hope so!  Do you have a favorite?

So… if you are still reading (sorry for the amount of images – it is hard to choose) they are all over in my newly-revamped shop.  Speaking of which, I redid my shop so I can ship internationally.  I think the design is better too and hope you agree.  (I ship USPS everywhere.)

Also, a popular request has been a discount for a whole group of new patterns so I created something called “The Carina Collection” which includes all four patterns. You can get them at a discount here.

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Thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful week with lots of sewing!

Amanda

 

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