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    Applique question

    Hello all!

    I'm working on my next quilt. I just bought the accuquilt go and some dies (bought it second hand, for what I later discovered was dirt cheap!) Should have done more research LOL because now I want more dies, and wow, are they expensive! But Christmas is coming, and they are the only thing on my list!

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    So this is my next quilt. I've already ironed everything on. I'm going to be doing a lot of FMQ - in grid work. So the background will be very full.

    Here's my question. Should I do the applique now? Or through all three layers? I've done both ways, but never on a quilt where I will be doing lots of FMQ.

    And if you have any other tips / suggestions, fire away!

    Thanks!

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    If you are going to match the thread colour to the appliqués, I would do them before sandwiching. If you are going to stitch them all with one colour that matches your backing, then you can do them after sandwiching if you like. I prefer doing my appliqué on just my top .

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    I don't have an answer for you on this question but from I've seen from you in the past, the quilt is going to be gorgeous however you do it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    If you are going to match the thread colour to the appliqués, I would do them before sandwiching. If you are going to stitch them all with one colour that matches your backing, then you can do them after sandwiching if you like. I prefer doing my appliqué on just my top .
    Poop! LOL That's kind of what I was thinking too ...

    So ... if I use the same colour thread as the fabric, would you FMQ the applique or do the blanket stitch?

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    Marion,

    I made a project with a similar die and the umbrella one for applique. Another option is to use a small zig-zag around the applique matching the fabric color. You can also use the clear mono-poly thread.

    Then add the batting and backing to quilt the project.

    I'll post a couple of pics later for you and look up the machine stitch I used for it.

    ETA: Check the Quilting stitches. You may like the one Q-06 (looks like a zig zag in Christmas tree outline). Adjust the length and width. I make a sample stitch out first before stitching applique pieces.

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    Last edited by Rhonda K; 12-12-2018 at 05:15 PM. Reason: To add pictures with explanation

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    Marion,

    There are machine EMB files available for some of the AQ dies. They are fun options too.

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    Marion, I don't have an answer for you but I have a question:
    Do you ever sleep?
    You are such a prolific quilter!!!!!!!

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    can't wait to see your quilting on that! I suggest you go on the Accuquilt website and sign up for their newsletter--they have die sales pretty often with different dies each time--worth the frequent emails!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhonda K View Post
    Marion,

    There are machine EMB files available for some of the AQ dies. They are fun options too.

    what's that and where do I find it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SusieQOH View Post
    Marion, I don't have an answer for you but I have a question:
    Do you ever sleep?
    You are such a prolific quilter!!!!!!!
    I'm not married, and have no kids, and only need 5 hours of sleep ... lots of time for quilting LOL

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    Thank you for the advice to sign up! I will do that now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhonda K View Post
    Marion,

    I made a project with a similar die and the umbrella one for applique. Another option is to use a small zig-zag around the applique matching the fabric color. You can also use the clear mono-poly thread.

    Very cool! Thank you! I will check that out!

    Then add the batting and backing to quilt the project.

    I'll post a couple of pics later for you and look up the machine stitch I used for it.

    ETA: Check the Quilting stitches. You may like the one Q-06 (looks like a zig zag in Christmas tree outline). Adjust the length and width. I make a sample stitch out first before stitching applique pieces.

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    Very cool! Thanks, I will check that out

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarionsQuilts View Post
    I'm not married, and have no kids, and only need 5 hours of sleep ... lots of time for quilting LOL
    5 hours? Wow, that's great. I would be a zombie and would get no quilts made

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    I would appliques first if you are doing a 'full' quilting later. That way it wouldn't compete with the look of the back. This also helps with the thread color choices. But, if you want the design (and the thread) to show on the back and simply do your quilting around these designs, then definitely quilt thru the sandwich.

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    I agree with kiswift.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarionsQuilts View Post
    what's that and where do I find it?
    Marion,

    I just saw your question so I apologize for the delay. Here is the link for EMB machine files for some of the applique dies. You add a fusible layer to the fabric back and then cut out the shape with the die. You can only cut 4 layers with fusible NOT 6 as usual. After stitching the placement line add the applique piece.

    https://www.accuquilt.com/machine-embroidery.html/

    The stitch outs that I have done worked well with the coordinating die.

    Good luck and have fun!

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    Thanks Rhonda! More money to spend sigh LOL

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