I have a quilt I am making for my granddaughter's upcoming (May) Bridal Shower. It is mostly white with applique.
I am about to cut the applique pieces and planned to attach it to the quilt via the needleturn technique. But my friend assures me that it would be so much easier (this is a queen size quilt) to do it with raw-edge applique (fused, of course) and stitched using the machine blanket stitch with invisible thread.
I would like to do it that way because needle turn is so tedious to me, but I fear that at some point my granddaughter might need to wash this quilt and the raw-edge applique will show raveling at the edges.
My friend says it won't that the blanket stitch will keep it from doing that...that the stitch seals the edges. That makes no sense to me since the blanket stitch has about 2-3 stitches that are on the quilt top before it take a stitch into the raw-edged applique.
Is my friend right? I need to hear from those of you who have done this technique and actually washed the quilt. How did it turn out?
I sure hope my friend is right, because I dread the needle turn. I did it once and didn't enjoy it. However, I'd be willing to if necessary.