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    help on AOTH.

    Do you embroider on each block before or after the quilt is made? One long armer said after.






















































    Do you embroider on each block before or after its quilted. One long armer said after so it wouldn't interfere with the quilting. I'm at a lost as what to do. Please help. mary r

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    I have embroidered each block as I have done them. I still have 6 more to go.
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    Are you using embroidery to quilt the quilt or designs as part of the quilt? As part of the quilt I do it first but using it to quilt the quilt it is done afterwards.

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    I embroidered each block as I did them.
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    The picture didn't show up for me so I don't know what AOTH stands for.

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    I too do not know what AOTH stands for but as a LA quilter who has done several hand ebroidered quilts and one machine embroidered quilt and done a little hand embroidery myself, I embroider when the block is still just a block, not even sewn into the quilt top yet. I can't imagine an embroidery machine handling the bulk of a completed quilt very well while trying to embroider a design but I guess it can be done because many people use digitized machine embroider motifs to do the actual quilting.

    Sounds to me like the LA quilter who gave you this advice can only do pantos. A custom quilting job can avoid the heavily embroidered areas which could cause the LA machine to not be happy going through that heavy bulk. Hand embroidery should also be custom quilted but I have seen many examples that look quite good of quilting going right over the embroidery. (Like a cross hatch) I tend to quilt around it because I want the quilting to be secondary to the embroidery work.

    Here are some examples of custom quilting around embroidery.

    This is where I went around Machine embroidery, quilting over this would not have looked nice nor would my machine have like it:
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    Here is an example of quilting around hand embroidery to enhance and compliment, but I have seen an allover cross hatch done on this kind of embroidery done very effectively:
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    I do not know what AOTH stands for. I embroider my blocks first.

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    AOTH= Affairs of the Heart

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    help on AOTH

    Here are the two Affairs of the Heart blocks I have done so far. As you can see, the gold thread is hand embroidered. If I ever finish these, I will QAYG each block before joining them together. I believe I enlarged the patterns slightly so that they are 8-1/2" blocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa_wanna_b_quilter View Post
    AOTH= Affairs of the Heart

    Ah, thank you Lisa. The embroidery on Affairs of the Heart is mostly stem stitch to do the curly-q vines and such. A well done stem stitch should not interfere with LA quilting, either custom or E2E. And the quilting, if done with a fine enough thread could easily go right over that embroidery and not detract from it. In this case I think it is completely up to the OP. If it were mine I would embroider while the top is still a flimsy (unquilted) because it would be much easier to knot off and look much better on the back if done before quilting.

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    AOTH-Affairs of the heart....of course! I don't know how you could hand embroider after a quilt is quilted. What if she puts quilting where the embroidery is supposed to go? How will you knot your thread?

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    I agree with the others ... I think it would be very difficult to do embroidery after a machine is quilted. Just too darned awkward to work with, let alone how you would tie in or knot off your threads.

    The good thing is, that you are discussing this with your LAQ.
    It could be that s/he is not comfortable with working with an embroidered quilt.

    As FelineF suggested, perhaps she is talking about doing a panto where there would be no control, to avoid the embroidered areas. You've done far too much work in doing an AOTH, so it might be best to look around and find another LAQ'r that can do what needs to be done for you. Be sure to ask to see other similar work that has been done, to make sure that you are going to get what you want ... and not be disappointed, and heartbroken!
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    definitely embroider before quilting- it would be very difficult to embroider the blocks after the quilt is a whole finished quilt. the quilting does not interfere with embroidery- it *should* enhance/work with it.
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    Thank you for all your advise. I will embroider first and look around for someone to quilt it. Thanks

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    I don't own a long arm, but I always do my embroidery before quilting. As feline fanatic explained it is much easier while the fabric is pliable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nabobw View Post
    Are you using embroidery to quilt the quilt or designs as part of the quilt? As part of the quilt I do it first but using it to quilt the quilt it is done afterwards.

    I do the same as you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa_wanna_b_quilter View Post
    AOTH= Affairs of the Heart
    Thanks for the explanation. I have been trying to think of what it might be. Now, I can put my brain back on sleep mode.

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    I don't have any suggestions, but I want to say that is going to be a lovely quilt whatever you decide

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    I made AFOTH a couple of years back. This is how I dealt with all the embroidery work,I drew on the reverse side of my block with white pencil, as my quilt was done on navy blue, then I wound bobbins with DMC gold thread, and once the block was completed, just followed my white lines with the sewing machine. I didn't have to change the tension or needle, just carefully stitched. It does take a bit of practice, but turned out very well for me. There are probably pictures on QB of it not completed at 2011. See picture at:

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