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Thread: Dresden plate? machine applique?

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    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.

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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.
    It is your quilt so YOU get to make the rules dear.

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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.
    Thanks for asking..... I have wondered this also. I love them, but have steered away from them because I have arthritis in my hands and can only to small amounts of hand work at a time.

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    I only machine applique. I have a hard time getting handstitching to look even, so, I always machine applique my dresen plates. Check out the Dresden Plates under The Gallery of Quilts in the Picture section. They are done both ways and all of them are beautiful.

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    its your quilt-make it the way you want--
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    there was a time that ALL APPLIQUE WAS HAND APPLIQUE---then some smart person decided- hey i could do this faster with my machine- tried it and a new technique was created!
    you can machine applique anything that you can hand applique- it's just using a different technique to reach the same end result.

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    dingy double poster this morning ;-)

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    As everyone says, it is your quilt your method. I have made one in the past using machine blanket stitch and it looked very rustic and very fabulous.

    The stitch you use depends on the look you want and the fabrics you are using. I suggest you do some test peices with any odd blades you have left overso that you can find the look you like for YOUR quilt.

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    I have machine appliqued mine and it looked fine.

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    I machine appliqued mine and they look fine..

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    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....?

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    I have just completed the last of my ancient (35 years) Dresdan plate blocks and I machine appliqued all of the remaining ones. I had hand appliqued the first two blocks, cut out the rest and let them sit in a shoe box since I took my first quilt class the first winter after I was married. My guild's challenge was to finish your oldest P.I.G. and although the quilt isn't done yet the blocks are and they look great!!!! My good quilting friend who loves hand applique thought machine appliquing them was the only solution for me if I ever wanted to get these blocks done.

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    I am machine appliquing mine!!!

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    I love the machine applique, and am in a BOM now, Sticher's Garden, where you use your decorative stitches to applique the edges..So many different looks we are getting...But the ever popular blanket stitch, which most machines have, is a great stich to finish off your edges, or you can just use your regular straight stich....It's your quilt, make it your own....I'm sure it will be gorgeous...Post a picture of your quilt when finished, we'd love to see it!

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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 this made me laugh today. thank you!

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    awesome thanks everyone! i know i don't have the patience to hand stitch everything so I'll go ahead and machine applique them :)

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    I'm about to start one and I plan to machine mine....

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    awesome i just looked at the gallery of quilts and I think I will straight stitch them :)

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    I've seen a couple of machine appliqued dresden plates and they looked great. One was appliqued with a straight stitch and the other was appliqued with a machine buttonhole stitch.

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    I used a small zig zag on mine with a neutral thread. It looks fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wannaquilt1
    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 this made me laugh today. thank you!
    Glad I could make you laugh. Dresdens are so pretty, I think a person could use kindergarten glue and yarn to attach them and they would still be beautiful. Cant wait to see your quilt. Eleanor Burns has video on how to do and easy appliqued dresden. Her applique method makes things alot easier IMHO. Good Luck!

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    A nice decorative stitch would just add to the individual look of your quilt - no need to be governed by too many rules unless your quilt will fall apart or rot.I suggest you just go for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tussymussy
    As everyone says, it is your quilt your method. I have made one in the past using machine blanket stitch and it looked very rustic and very fabulous.

    The stitch you use depends on the look you want and the fabrics you are using. I suggest you do some test peices with any odd blades you have left overso that you can find the look you like for YOUR quilt.



    I just finished doing mine on the machine. I used the blind hem stitch. Very pleased with the results.

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    Try using your buttonhole/blanket stitch around the edges. And if you don't want to do that...just stitch it....on your machine...and no, the quilt police won't be coming to your door!

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    I machine applique mine.

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    I made Eleanor Burns Christmas Wreaths two years ago which were large Dresden Plates and my machine has several blanket stitch options. I used the one I liked best and it looked really good.

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