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Thread: Appliqueing with batting, help!

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    Appliqueing with batting, help!

    I am making a quilt where you have a large background and you applique flowers onto it. But, I am suppose to applique the flowers onto batting and then applique the batting with the flowers onto the backing. Do I put the fusible web onto the batting and then attach the flowers and put the web onto the back of the batting and iron it onto the background? Or do I put the fusible web onto the flower fabric and then iron it onto the batting? This is so new to me. I don't want to mess it up. I've never used fusible webbing with batting before.
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    I would handle it like you were going to machine trapunto ... sort of.

    Trace the image onto your fabric - but don't cut it. Then sew the batting onto the batting using water soluble thread (you can use anything in the bobbin - and water soluble in the top). Sew on the line that will be sewn under (assuming you are doing needle turn). The trim the batting with small scissors up to the sewn line. Then you can trim the fabric with a seam allowance. Then you can needle turn the fabric under the batting and sew to your project.

    If you don't have water soluble thread you can machine baste - but then you'll have to be extra careful when you trim the batting, and of course remove the basted threads.
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    Press fusible fleece or fusible batting to the back of the applique (cut the fleece/batting slightly smaller than the applique to turn the seam under) then sew the applique onto the background.

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    As far as I know (according to the art quilt network), there are very few battings that will not wind up looking very puckery if fabric is fused directly to them...whether the fusible is first put on the fabric or the batting doesn't matter, the batting surface is not smooth enough and/or the heat needed for fusing is too high. For a good result, I would do as DogHouseMom suggested.
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    I like DogHouseMom's idea too.
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    let us know how it works out best for you. Because I don't have any idea as to how to do it.
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    As long as you use a good cotton batting it works okay. The problem I had with it was fuzzy edges. Next time I would cut the fusible smaller than the applique and fuse to the batting first and then center the batting on the fusible and fuse. When I tried this I used Quilter's Dream cotton because it's 100% cotton with no scrim.

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    I don't know what your pattern is but I don't know how you could put batting behind an appliqué and stitch it down without it peeking out at the edge. Can you do your appliqué with trapunto? Patsy Thompson has a video on doing a large trapunto appliqué pansy with thread painted on her site. Check it out and see if it would work.

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    Well there are several ways of doing it, you can do the fusible interfacing way like eleanor burns and make a slit in it and stuff it with batting or you can do the trapunto method, better for raw edge where you place the batting behind the applique, sew it down using a water soluble thread, trim excess, then add regular batting later and the part with the extra batting stands out

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider View Post
    As far as I know (according to the art quilt network), there are very few battings that will not wind up looking very puckery if fabric is fused directly to them...whether the fusible is first put on the fabric or the batting doesn't matter, the batting surface is not smooth enough and/or the heat needed for fusing is too high. For a good result, I would do as DogHouseMom suggested.
    After you stitch the applique to the background fabric press the applique with LOTS of steam. It removes the fusible stuff from the batting or fleece therefore eliminating puckers. You don't need really high heat to use the steam function on your iron.

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    The batting is suppose to be showing. That is part of the pattern. It peeks out behind the flowers. I know it sounds weird, but the quilt I saw was beautiful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcrow View Post
    The batting is suppose to be showing. That is part of the pattern. It peeks out behind the flowers. I know it sounds weird, but the quilt I saw was beautiful.
    Interesting! It does work to fuse to batting. The main problem is fusing the applique to the background just about has to be done from the back to get it fused good.

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