Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: Fussy Cut Applique question

  1. #1
    Super Member Buckeye Rose's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Monroe, IN
    Posts
    1,994

    Fussy Cut Applique question

    I am in process of making a pretty basic baby quilt, and to jazz it up a bit I cut out and fused some simple animals for applique. I know that some of lines are pretty intense for machine stitching, so hand sewing it is. Is there a preferred stitch to secure raw edge applique? Is the blanket stitch the only method? The animals are small, most no bigger than 2x3 inches. I am quite new to the applique process, so any assistance is appreciated. Thanks in advance for your help!

  2. #2
    Super Member Scissor Queen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Southwest Kansas
    Posts
    4,812
    For a baby quilt I'd go with a small zig zag. You don't have to go all the way down to a satin stitch.

  3. #3
    Super Member litacats's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    western australia
    Posts
    1,762
    if you are hand stitching then a ladder stitch would be nice, but it would be much quicker on the machine with a zigzag or blanket stitch, or even any of your decorative stitches that have one straight edge.
    a house is just a house till you get a cat then it is the cats home and you are it's slave,
    Litacats
    http://lituskacattery.com

  4. #4
    Power Poster
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    20,522
    It depends on the look you are going for. If they are furry animals, I like to just do a small straight stitch line about 1/8 to 1/16 inside the applique. This lets the outer edge fray adding to the furry effect. If it is an applique I want to stay really crisp, I do a satin stitch. The only other stitch I've done is the buttonhole with a thicker thread and I like it too. Try out some samples and see what you like best.

  5. #5
    Senior Member janedee's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    canterbury uk
    Posts
    951
    ive used blanket stitch and cross stitch

  6. #6
    Power Poster amma's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Out searching for some sunshine :-)
    Posts
    59,108
    Blog Entries
    1
    Blanket stitches are a very nice and simple edge treatment for hand or machine sewing.
    IMHO the smaller the applique piece, the smaller the stitches. This goes for the space in between the stitches as well as the little stitch going into the applique.
    On a practice piece, try a variety of sizes and colors of thread too. The color of thread chosen can really change the look of the whole applique
    “The simplest toy, one which even the youngest child can operate, is called a grandparent.” Sam Levenson

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Central Indiana
    Posts
    735
    I agree if you want the hand sewn look use the blanket stitch--maybe in a contrasting color so it makes the animal stand out.

  8. #8
    Banned
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Sturbridge, Ma
    Posts
    4,017
    if you are going to hand stitch raw edge applique, i would suggest after you do the applique then you go around the edges with something like "Fray-Chek" or something to better secure the edges.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.