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Thread: Finishing off an embroidered piece that I have sewn borders around

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    Carkey's Avatar
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    Friends suggested I "quilt" borders around a piece of embroidered work I have finally finished (it is the Irish Blessing). The piece is 18x16; the borders add an addition 4" on each side. I do not want to quilt inside the embroidered work. Do I simply put a backing on, no batting and then do some stitching on the borders? Bat only the borders? If I put batting on the whole piece, how to secure the embroidered part? Would appreciate some input!

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    Hello there & welcome to the quilting
    board from the state of Washington.
    So glad to have you join us. I am
    currently working on a quilt top, that
    I have embroidered on. I plan to tie
    it with embroidery thread. Maybe that
    would work for you too!! :D Post some
    pictures of your projects when you can.
    :D :D :D :D :D

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    I have made many embroidered pieces into quilts and wallhangings. I have finished them in several ways. From my experience, if you put batting and quilt the border, the embroidered center tends to puff a little and sometimes a lot. The only way I have prevented this is by stretching the whole thing on stretcher bars to hang it up or to frame it with no glass. When I defiitely want to hang it as a quilt without a frame, I them quilt over the embroidered with invisible nylon thread and use a very light quilting pattern like large stipples or something like that.

    Please take a look on my web site to see a few finished pieces.


    http://maria-quilted-treasures.com/index.html

    Maria

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    Thanks for the information. I didn't think of using invisible thread on the embroidered section. I think that will work just fine, as I did want to use batting. Now I can get to this project. My, these boards are great!

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