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    I'm working on an appliqued wall hanging and I'm almost to the point where I need to add the flowers.

    Here's my dilemma, I really want the flowers to have a slight poof to them but even the very thinnest cotton batting is too fuzzy around the edges of the applique.

    Any brilliant ideas? Something that'll make it have just a little dimension but not be too fuzzy???

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    what about a fusible fleece?

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    so i'm thinking you are doing raw edge applique? if so, you could make the batting smaller than the finished object. you could do the same with an additional piece of fabric to give it more dimension - one shape slightly smaller than the object.

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    Is there any reason you wouldn't trapunto the flowers after you've appliqued them to the front?
    You could use poly batting to get the poof you want.

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    What kind of applique? You could do two layers of the same applique, stitching one down tight and only stitching the center and veins on the upper one. You could cut two, put them wrong sides together, stitch around and turn through an opening, add a little fiber fill and sew on. You could wait till you are ready to quilt and add a fusible piece of batt behind the quilt top applique, like in trapunto.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    Is there any reason you wouldn't trapunto the flowers after you've appliqued them to the front?
    You could use poly batting to get the poof you want.
    I'm appliqueing to an already quilted quilt. A poly batting wouldn't be as fuzzy but it would be a lot harder to fuse with Wonder Under.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan
    What kind of applique? You could do two layers of the same applique, stitching one down tight and only stitching the center and veins on the upper one. You could cut two, put them wrong sides together, stitch around and turn through an opening, add a little fiber fill and sew on. You could wait till you are ready to quilt and add a fusible piece of batt behind the quilt top applique, like in trapunto.
    Raw edged applique to an already quilted quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan
    so i'm thinking you are doing raw edge applique? if so, you could make the batting smaller than the finished object. you could do the same with an additional piece of fabric to give it more dimension - one shape slightly smaller than the object.
    I may have to try this idea and cut out the applique and the batting separate and then line them up and fuse together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer22206
    what about a fusible fleece?
    LOL, fusible fleece is the one thing I don't have in this room. The only resource I have close is a Walmart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen
    I'm appliqueing to an already quilted quilt.
    Ah, that minor detail. ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen
    I'm appliqueing to an already quilted quilt.
    Ah, that minor detail. ;-)
    :lol: I always like to add to the challenge. But I really like the way the quilting looks behind the applique.

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    You want a poof. Can you poof by just putting a little batting in the center of the applique and not all the way to the edges or just stop an eight of inch or a quarter of inch short with the extra batting. I have used that method with some of my hand applique. I don't know what the same wouldn't work for machine applique.

    Also quilting closely together in the background poofs things.

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    ok.. what if, you have a thin fusible interfacing, and fused it to a piece of fleece, then appliqued that on? Would that work?

    If it's not going to be washed frequently, I know you can use felt to help puff things. :) I did that on a Sesame Street wall hanging for my DD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer22206
    ok.. what if, you have a thin fusible interfacing, and fused it to a piece of fleece, then appliqued that on? Would that work?

    If it's not going to be washed frequently, I know you can use felt to help puff things. :) I did that on a Sesame Street wall hanging for my DD.
    Felt! Interfacing might work too. I think I'll have to go to Walmart pretty soon and look at their fusibles.

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    Here's something dangerous and radical. since it's a wall hanging... Applique your flower, then make a small slit in the back of your quilt thru the batting, backing & top & then stuff some batting under the applique fabric, You can fray check the edges of the slit, then whip stitch a patch over it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen
    I'm working on an appliquéd wall hanging and I'm almost to the point where I need to add the flowers.

    Here's my dilemma, I really want the flowers to have a slight poof to them but even the very thinnest cotton batting is too fuzzy around the edges oappliquéue.

    Any brilliant ideas? Something that'll make it have just a little dimension but not be too fuzzy???
    I suggest you go to the Eleanor Burns quilt in a day web site and look at her tutorials. This is how she adds dimension. She uses a method of appliqué that uses a light weight fusible inter facing. She draws the shape of an appliqué onto a piece of fabric. She then layers right side of fabric to the fusible side of interfacing. She sews all around the drawn line and trims the excess fabrics to about an eighth of an inch, she uses a pinking shears to for added give on curved pieces. She then makes a slit in the interfacing and turns the piece right side out. Smooth out the seams so the interfacing is fully on the backside and does not show. You now have a fusible appliqué. To add dimension she cuts a piece cotton batting the same shape as the final appliqué and slips it inside between the fabric and interfacing. Again smooth with a wooden skewer or wooden iron (no heat!). You then can fuse the appliqué to the quilt, overlap appliqués if you need to. You must stitch around the edge after fusing, she uses a blanket or blind hem stitch but you can use a straight stitch or a decorative stitch if that suits you. She has videos to demonstrate which are probably better than I can do. Also if you go to her media page, she has video's of many of her shows, look for one that features appliqués and watch that.

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    Could you do what Kellen46 said but use polyfill stuffing instead of batting. Just stuff the piece as poofy as you want, then slipstitch the back together and attach it to the quilt. You might have to hand stitch the applique around instead of machine stitching it to the quilt, but it would be poofy.

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    If you are doing needle turn you can make the seam that you are turning under a little larger and it will poof up you flowers.

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    As kellen46 says, E. Burns is the way to go.........

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    Is there any reason you wouldn't trapunto the flowers after you've appliqued them to the front?
    You could use poly batting to get the poof you want.
    This would be my solution as well.

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    have you tried the fusible interfacing method where you put right sides together stitch around the edge clip a slit in the interfacing side turn it inside out, and stick a small piece of batting inside and fuse it to the top

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    If you do needle turn app its tight.
    If that's too daunting try this..
    Using a thin muslin, sew it to the right side of your app piece.
    Slit it and turn them inside out. You can put a little batting inside and then machine app to your top.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess
    Here's something dangerous and radical. since it's a wall hanging... Applique your flower, then make a small slit in the back of your quilt thru the batting, backing & top & then stuff some batting under the applique fabric, You can fray check the edges of the slit, then whip stitch a patch over it.
    You took the words right out of my mouth PaperPrincess. We made pictures years ago with this method, used drapery panels with deer, flowers or scenes on them. In the narrow places we pulled batting with a fine crochet hook, the flowers would be easy to pad andwe sewed the "incision" by hand. We stuffed only the main parts of the picture.

    Carol J.

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    We did the stuffing before we put the backing on. Since these were later framed, we didn't use batting, only unbleached muslin for a backing before framing.

    Carol J.

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    I have used small cotton balls, they work great.
    Virginia P.

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