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Thread: Dresden plate? machine applique?

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    I have the book from Elanor Burns and it directs you to attach the plate with a machine blind stitch

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    there are several methods to hand applique and if you want it to look like it is done by hand use your blind hem stitch adjust length and width use monifiliment thread on top neutral in the bobbin and it will look hand stitched practice first to get the right setting on your machine

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    It's YOUR quilt, do it any way YOU want! :) If you decide to give it a try at a later date by hand, go for it. If you like doing it by machine, do another that way. Your quilt, do what pleases you!

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    At considerable sacrifice of quilting time, I have wracked my brain to figure out some of the acronyms on the board, but P.I.G. just won't come to me! I love the concept, but what does that stand for?

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    I made 2 Dresden quilt tops and only did machine applique. They turned out beautifully and I got them done.... I do love to hand applique but had I saved these two quilt tops to do by hand I would never have started them. One quilt is in many, many shades of purple. Saved for a long time to get it together. I covered the center with heavy white lace from fabric and did the applique stitch in varigated purple embroidery thread. The border on 4 sides is twisted vines with pretty purple flowers.
    The second one is a bright all color quilt, just as pretty only different. I enjoyed making these tops so much. Got the pattern out of some magazine with a plainer looking Dresden plate quilt on the cover. Mine looks better, especially the purple one. These were so enjoyable I am thinking of getting pinks and burgundys together along with lots of greens for the borders.

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    It's your quilt you do as you like. I always do my appliques now with the machine, gopes much faster and if you use same colored thread or neutral thread you cannot see the stitching.Go for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wannaquilt1
    I know you are supposed to hand applique the top of the dresden plate but is it ok to machine applique it also? I just don't know if i'll ever make it if it needs to be hand appliqued.
    I have been collecting fabric for a Dresden Plate and mine will definitely be machine appliqued. I admire those who do hand work but that is not for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wannaquilt1
    I know you are supposed to hand applique the top of the dresden plate but is it ok to machine applique it also? I just don't know if i'll ever make it if it needs to be hand appliqued.
    I did a Hawaiian Dresden when I was in a postcard swap on another website. I also cannot do a lot of handwork so I used a buttonhole stitch.
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    I have made two Dresdan plate quilts, and machine appliqued them . I don't have the patience to hand stitch. They looked fine.

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    Why don't you do one on machine, and one by hand then you can see what you like better. I just finished a Dresden plate doing it by hand and it really didn't take that long to do. In fact I did one an evening while watching tv.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wannaquilt1
    I know you are supposed to hand applique the top of the dresden plate but is it ok to machine applique it also? I just don't know if i'll ever make it if it needs to be hand appliqued.
    I hand appliqued the first two plates I did and then came to my senses. I use the featherstitch on my Janome and the plates look great. Just finished two projects and ready to go with more Dresden plates!

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    I'm new to quilting so this may sound dumb but if you put your dresden plate down with Steam N Sew, would you still need to sew around the edges?

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    I like to machine applique mine. :)

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    I have always wanted to do a dresden plate out of 30's fabric but put it off, because of the hand sewing..

    Well last year I did some blocks using Hoopsisters Machine Pattern, I used 30's fabric with a black feather stitch and they look so nice. (my grandma would have been proud)

    Go for it.

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    DO IT!!!!!!! YOUR quilt!! YOUR rules!!!!! :D :D :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    There are so many machine stitches you can use - I would machine applique it

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    I have done mine by hand, however, it is your project and if its easier and faster, go for it. I might try it myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Debo
    I'm new to quilting so this may sound dumb but if you put your dresden plate down with Steam N Sew, would you still need to sew around the edges?
    Did anybody tell you that you can machine sew all the blades together into a circle first. Then sew down a circle over the center hole - you can fold the outside edges of that circle under and topstitch it down into the center.
    Fold the outside edges under, Iron them in place, then pin it carefully onto the background fabric, and matching the thread for best matching invisibility, topstitch a short stitch very close to the outside edge all the way around. You can use a fancy decorative stitch if you wish. Experiment on a sample! (make a block for a pillow)
    Otherwise the only applique is around the outside edges.

    You asked about fused - If it is going to be used as a wall hanging, and won't be washed, then no - you don't have to.
    but if it is going to be used on a bed and washed, the edges might fray, and you might want to topstitch it using a decorative stitch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wannaquilt1
    I know you are supposed to hand applique the top of the dresden plate but is it ok to machine applique it also? I just don't know if i'll ever make it if it needs to be hand appliqued.
    As others have said; it is your quilt. If there was a strict rule to follow in quilting I would not pass the exam. :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Debo
    I'm new to quilting so this may sound dumb but if you put your dresden plate down with Steam N Sew, would you still need to sew around the edges?
    I would, but since I am not a hand stitcher, I would use the blanket stitch on my machine. ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by catmcclure
    Quote Originally Posted by wannaquilt1
    I know you are supposed to hand applique the top of the dresden plate but is it ok to machine applique it also? I just don't know if i'll ever make it if it needs to be hand appliqued.
    I did a Hawaiian Dresden when I was in a postcard swap on another website. I also cannot do a lot of handwork so I used a buttonhole stitch.
    WOWZA! Those blocks are strikingly beautiful! :thumbup:

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    I machine applique. My machine has so many beautiful stitches on it and I try and use as many as I can. The Rose Quilt pics I had on earlier were all machine appliqued.

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    I have only machine appliqued my dresden plates.

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    I use the "blind hem" stitch on my machine and invisible thread :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by leatheflea
    I just looked it up in the Quilters Rule book. And its says in Chapter 3and 7/8, page 2 1/2, paragraph 4.5, that all applique should be hand stitched....it goes on with more detail about stitches and such. Its my duty as a law abiding quilter to turn you in to the Quilt Police, of course I could be bribed with a little chocolate and lets say 2 fat quarters....?
    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: Think I need to get a copy of this book!!! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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