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    Beautiful quilt and quilt to be!!!

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    I like to topstitch a busy applique before I sandwich it. Then I do FMQ in diff. areas after it's together. I don't like a lot of bust stitching on the sandwich.

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    :D Wow! Lots of wonderful ideas! :-D
    Thank you!!!
    I started to sew the pieces down
    and had to laugh imagining Jennifer
    trying to do it through her sandwiched
    quilt! Twisting and turning it must have
    been crazy-making. Sorry Jennifer and
    thanks for the warning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiki1002
    Fusing isn't permanent!!! I warn customers all the time. :)
    Didn't know that! I just made a wall hanging that was totally fused...good thing I quilted the dickens out of all of it!!! Love the way thread painting will keep it on there :thumbup:

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    Love the poppies and the chickens...and I'm not even a chicken fan!!!

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    I do a blanket stitch around my appliques and any
    fancy stitches that you want within the applique before
    I sandwich my quilts. Hope this helps.

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    They are great quilts. I love poppies! and you have all the info you need! The chicken quilt is fab'!!

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    Fantastic Quilt, sure you got lots of options here, so enjoy the journey

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    Here is an other option. Using thead the same color as your flowers do a hem stitch along the outside of the flower and it will take a little bit into the flower. You could also use invesable thread. You really need to sew your flowers down before you quilt. At least that is what I would do.

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    Here is an other option. Using thead the same color as your flowers do a hem stitch along the outside of the flower and it will take a little bit into the flower. You could also use invesable thread. You really need to sew your flowers down before you quilt. At least that is what I would do.

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    http://www.patsythompsondesigns.com/

    I don't know if you have ever seen any of her (Patsy Thompson) videos, but she does some great tutorials, including quilting on applique.

    By the way, your applique is gorgeous! Please post on your finished piece. I think I may have bought that pattern recently and will have to watch some videos myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GwynR
    There is another way to do it and that's add batting and do fancy stitches around your applique. Then when you get the top done you add a whole piece of batting and backing and quilt. We are learning this technique in a Bernina
    Features Class I am taking. It's a real learning experience. We do a new block each month, and the blocks are spectacular!
    Is that the same as trapunto or similar to it? Trapunto is something I have admired, but not tried. Is there a book that you bought for Bernina class you're taking?

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    You must stitch all of the applique down. Use Satin, blanket or decorative stitches, but definitely appliques secured before sandwiching.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gramadona
    Hi all,
    I started an applique quilt...my first... and now I'm stuck.
    The pattern says to fuse the pieces on, which I did, but now what? Do I stitch them on before I make the "sandwich" or do I wait? The flowers need some details stitched on also, but should I do it now or when I'm quilting it? I'm so confused and don't know what to do next.... help!
    If it were me I would stitch them on and do whatever decorative stitching you plan to do before sandwiching the top. But then I don't do a lot of applique, and others may not agree with me on this.

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    Check the tutorials and see if you can find a tute on this. They say a picture is better when haveing a spot of trouble. Helen

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiki1002
    Fusing isn't permanent!!! I warn customers all the time. :) Try going the edges with you machine...you could also blanket stitch by hand. Great piece!
    I didn't know that!
    I've gotten all the stems and leaves
    zig-zagged in green and when I started to
    sew the centers I could only find one!
    The others had come unglued and were
    on the floor. :oops: :evil:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grambi
    http://www.patsythompsondesigns.com/

    I don't know if you have ever seen any of her (Patsy Thompson) videos, but she does some great tutorials, including quilting on applique.

    By the way, your applique is gorgeous! Please post on your finished piece. I think I may have bought that pattern recently and will have to watch some videos myself.
    Thanks for the link. Her videoes are fabulous.
    I feel like such an ameteur....hmm...I guess I am... :roll:

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    Quote Originally Posted by catrancher
    You have plenty of good ideas here. I'll just add my two cents. I always use blanket stitch around my appliques. You can do a couple of straight stitches first to secure it, then blanket stitch right over the top of the straight stitches. You won't see them. I've done this with satin stitch too, but I think blanket stitch ends up looking better, especially if you haven't done it a lot. You must stitch down all raw edges so they don't pull up. Then you can do your decorative top stitches. When that' all done, make the quilt sandwich and quilt away!
    I also use the blanket stitch by machine. There are different ones so try them out on scrap material first and choose the best for your flowers. Mark down the number so you know it for next time. I would sew all the beads etc on first before quilting, it makes every thing go a lot easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grambi
    Quote Originally Posted by GwynR
    There is another way to do it and that's add batting and do fancy stitches around your applique. Then when you get the top done you add a whole piece of batting and backing and quilt. We are learning this technique in a Bernina
    Features Class I am taking. It's a real learning experience. We do a new block each month, and the blocks are spectacular!
    Is that the same as Trapunto or similar to it? Trapunto is something I have admired, but not tried. Is there a book that you bought for Bernina class you're taking?
    Trapunto is real easy to do and it makes applique POP on a quilt.

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    I do a lot of applique and always stitch and embroider before I sandwich.Hope that helps

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    Here's what I do: for a flat look, I sew down the applique. I use a zigzag with invisible thread. For a raw edge that will fray a little on the edge, I straight stitch just inside the edge of the applique. I do the same after the quilt is layered if I want the applique to stand out from the background. Hope that makes sense. I don't have any decorative stitches on my machine.

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    I decided to use bits and pieces of
    everyone's wonderful advice...
    I zig zagged around the stems and
    leaves and freemotioned around the
    flowers and details. Now I'm in the
    process of hand sewing tiny black
    beads around the flower centers.
    I think it looks fairly good for a first
    and thank you all for your help.
    Hopefully the next photo will be a finished quilt!
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    It's beautiful! Aren't you prooud of yourself!

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    Wow, nice job! I love poppies.

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    OMGsh... I think It's finally ready to quilt!
    Here are a few photos of it done and ready to go to a LA.
    I sent a pm to charisma from this group and hope she will quilt it for me. She is so talented and I LOVE all of the quilting I've seen of hers.

    Thanks to all of you for your advice ... I think I used it all!
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