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Thread: can I quilt raw edge applique on the longarm? Should I?

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    I just finished fusing the bear applique from Bigfork Bay. I have been searching on the board, and it looks like most of you use a narrow zigzag stitch with clear thread to secure the raw edges. I had planned to quilt this on the longarm, which of course doesn't do a zigzag (but I can make quick turns in any direction, so that is kind of like a zigzag I guess). So my question is, have any of you quilted something like this on the longarm? I'd love to hear any and all hints on how to do it successfully.

    I'm tentatively planning to use a wool batt (leftover pieces from another quilt). I don't know if I did this right, but the top is laid on top of (and hopefully fused to) plain black fabric, then there will be the batting, then the backing. Do I need to stitch the raw edges down before I put all those layers together, or can I quilt through everything at once?

    I enjoyed doing the bear, so now I'm starting on the moose.

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    Oooo what a dramatic quilt! I love it :D:D:D

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    I just finished one with giarffs on it and I did a back and forth motion. Be sure you get the edges down tight. It turned out quite nice. It was all sandwitched on the long arm. Have fun with it.
    I started out with circles, but it was harder to do.
    Marilee

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    I did the Eagle pattern & everything was sandwiched and stitched on my regular machine.... The wings extended into the border etc. I did a straight stitch quilting line just inside the edge of each piece

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    Dunster, that is awesome.

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    Yes you can!! When I made this quilt (link follows), I used the wrong fusable stuff. I had to quilt all the edges of the ultra-suede. For really small pieces, I covered with a water soluble stabilizer and stitched over it, so that the little pieces wouldn't come back up with the needle. I later washed the quilt to block it for quilt shows, so the stabilizer disappeared.

    Take your time. This is doable!!

    http://wheatridgestudios.blogspot.co...-in-woods.html

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    Shelley, your quilt is gorgeous. I love the quilted bear paw. I used (mostly) batiks in mine, and steam-a-seam lite. The water soluble stabilizer is a great idea if I have problems with the needle sticking - and I think I even have a little bit of it on hand. So you quilted through all the layers at once, without first stitching down the fused top??? I actually took a class when I started this quilt, but we never got to the actual quilting part.


    Quote Originally Posted by Shelley
    Yes you can!! When I made this quilt (link follows), I used the wrong fusable stuff. I had to quilt all the edges of the ultra-suede. For really small pieces, I covered with a water soluble stabilizer and stitched over it, so that the little pieces wouldn't come back up with the needle. I later washed the quilt to block it for quilt shows, so the stabilizer disappeared.

    Take your time. This is doable!!

    http://wheatridgestudios.blogspot.co...-in-woods.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by medots
    I just finished one with giarffs on it and I did a back and forth motion. Be sure you get the edges down tight. It turned out quite nice. It was all sandwitched on the long arm. Have fun with it.
    I started out with circles, but it was harder to do.
    Marilee
    What do you mean about starting with circles? I've seen the giraffes pattern, and I love it. Can you post a picture of yours?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thimblebug6000
    I did the Eagle pattern & everything was sandwiched and stitched on my regular machine.... The wings extended into the border etc. I did a straight stitch quilting line just inside the edge of each piece
    I just looked at your eagle wallhanging, and it is awesome! Wow, stitching every piece - that is going to take a while! Some of them are so small.

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    Beautiful

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    Cute

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    Your bear is really nice, great job. I did the deer by the Bigfork Bay Co, http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-128449-1.htm

    I made up a sample and tried it on the longarm. I did not have as much control on the LA and the needle did shred some of the small pieces like the branches. I found I could get a nicer look on my little machine.

    I used FMQ with YLI clear thread on the top and cotton thread in the bobbin. I quilted the whole sandwich at once, with no pre-stitching. It was time consuming, but I tried to go around almost every piece. I found that the more I quilted, the better it looked.

    Good luck

    Elise

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    [quote=dunster]Shelley, your quilt is gorgeous. I love the quilted bear paw. I used (mostly) batiks in mine, and steam-a-seam lite. The water soluble stabilizer is a great idea if I have problems with the needle sticking - and I think I even have a little bit of it on hand. So you quilted through all the layers at once, without first stitching down the fused top??? I actually took a class when I started this quilt, but we never got to the actual quilting part.

    Nope, didn't stitch it down with the DSM (regular sewing machine). By the time I realized there was a problem, the whole top was finished. There were places where there were 4 layers of ultrasuade on top of fabric, plus the batting (I think wool...) and the back. I thought there might be problems, but it quilted like butter.

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    Beautiful quilt dunster, and I'm sure any quilting you do on will just enhance it's beauty. :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elise1
    Your bear is really nice, great job. I did the deer by the Bigfork Bay Co, http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-128449-1.htm

    I made up a sample and tried it on the longarm. I did not have as much control on the LA and the needle did shred some of the small pieces like the branches. I found I could get a nicer look on my little machine.

    I used FMQ with YLI clear thread on the top and cotton thread in the bobbin. I quilted the whole sandwich at once, with no pre-stitching. It was time consuming, but I tried to go around almost every piece. I found that the more I quilted, the better it looked.

    Good luck

    Elise
    Wow, I had not seen the Autumn Lady pattern. It is beautiful. Thanks for the info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shelley
    For really small pieces, I covered with a water soluble stabilizer and stitched over it, so that the little pieces wouldn't come back up with the needle. I later washed the quilt to block it for quilt shows, so the stabilizer disappeared.
    Well, duh!!
    Of course!!!
    Thank you for the brilliant tip. :thumbup: :thumbup:
    I recently struggled with this problem on a small (not tiny) fused applique piece. I threw it aside. Now I can work on it again. :-D

    @Dunster -
    The bear is magnificent. When you're all done, please post close-ups of the edges the quilting.

    Beautiful work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    Quote Originally Posted by Shelley
    For really small pieces, I covered with a water soluble stabilizer and stitched over it, so that the little pieces wouldn't come back up with the needle. I later washed the quilt to block it for quilt shows, so the stabilizer disappeared.
    Well, duh!!
    Of course!!!
    Thank you for the brilliant tip. :thumbup: :thumbup:
    I recently struggled with this problem on a small (not tiny) fused applique piece. I threw it aside. Now I can work on it again. :-D

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    It's tips like this one from Shelley that make our lives so much easier - why didn't we think of that??? I have used water soluble thread before to stabilize a quilt, thought that was pretty smart, but water soluble stabilizer? Hadn't even given it a thought... until now... thanks Shelley.

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    Looks rather like my avatar and I quilted the whole thing on my LA. Here is a close-up of of the face:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Farm Quilter
    Looks rather like my avatar and I quilted the whole thing on my LA. Here is a close-up of of the face:
    Wowza. WOW...ZA!!

    So did you not bother with the edges on the pieces, and just FMQ'd everything to death (beautifully, I have to say)? I can't make it out in the picture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    Quote Originally Posted by Farm Quilter
    Looks rather like my avatar and I quilted the whole thing on my LA. Here is a close-up of of the face:
    Wowza. WOW...ZA!!

    So did you not bother with the edges on the pieces, and just FMQ'd everything to death (beautifully, I have to say)? I can't make it out in the picture.
    Beautiful! I have the same question as MTS. Your wolf is stunning. Would love to see details of the quilting.

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    Beautiful quilt! What size is it and how long did it take you to do?

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    Beautiful! Interesting topic.

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    I don't LA (yet) but check out this (English) lady's work she did her Phoenix entirely on the LA and I don't think there's any fusible in there either - she laid the fabric pieces down and FMQd right over them. http://www.ferfab.co.uk/portfolio/sh...nix_rising.jpg

    I did an advanced FMQ workshop with her last week and she's wonderful! :-D

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    Beautiful bear! Her kits always turn out so well. I just finished the "The Picnic". It was fast & fun!

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    I quilted a raw edge bird on the lonmg arm as a beginner. I was very careful on the edges of the feathers, especially since they were not fused correctly and had popped up.
    It took a long time to complete for such a small quilt, but it secured the edges and quilted the piece at the same time. I was able to do some thread painting to show off the fused work and also background quilting.
    The quilt won 2nd place in the local show!!!

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