Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 3 1 2 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 53

Thread: Please help re: applique vs. using a machine to stitch it down

  1. #1
    allisonirons's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Posts
    175
    Crap!! I just typed out this whole huge post and accidentally x'd out of the window!

    Okay. Here we go again!

    My MIL was a quilter for a number of years. She has incredible talent and has taken up knitting in the last 5 years or so and has put down the quilting. She frequently gives things to her FIL (GFIL) to sell at flea markets and recently she gave him a quilt top that was her first hand applique attempt. GMIL grabbed it out of the for sale bin and told MIL that she wanted it. MIL said she wanted nothing to do with it and that GMIL could have it if she wanted but that MIL didn't want to quilt it. She was just done with it.

    Then MIL called me and asked if I would do it for GMIL. I said sure. I just got the quilt top in the mail today. I feel like I don't want to take the time to quilt this whole top with it looking like this.

    Basically, as you will see, the stitches are freaking huge. MIL didn't know when she made this that the applique stitches are supposed to be invisible or as close to that as possible, so she did these enormous stitches all over the whole quilt. I thought okay, I'll just re-do the hand applique. No big deal right? Well there is a TON of applique. It is 12 14" (maybe that's a guess) but big blocks full of applique. So I did one petal and I can clearly see that my redoing it makes a huge difference. But, I have also come to the unfortunate realization that when MIL did the applique, each of the blocks were separate so she had a lot of freedom to twist and turn each block, and then after she was done, she sewed them all together with sashing to form the quilt top.

    Unfortunately, I don't have that luxury so I'm wrestling with this big quilt top and struggling with each stitch and I just did one petal! So I'm thinking that I want to do that top stitching in matching thread on the top near the edge of each piece, not that machine applique where it's solid thread, where you use tons and tons, but just normal top stitching. I think that would look good on this quilt and it would be much easier than hand applique-ing the whole thing.

    help!

    What do you think??

    This is the petal that I redid- you can see that I did the light pink petal.

    [IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...e/DSC00719.jpg[/IMG]

    [IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...e/DSC00725.jpg[/IMG]
    Here is that whole block.

    [IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...e/DSC00724.jpg[/IMG]

    This is the whole quilt top, so you can have an idea how much hand appliqueing I'm going to have to do.

    [IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...DSC00726-1.jpg[/IMG]
    This is my favorite block on the quilt... and you can see her huge stitches really take away from what a great job she did on the quilt.

  2. #2
    Power Poster amma's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Out searching for some sunshine :-)
    Posts
    59,088
    Blog Entries
    1
    A machine blanket stitch would look nicely on that IMHO...the birds have a folksy look to them as well as the some of the flowers. I have seen other appliques done that way, too...I wonder if it was a popular method at one time?

  3. #3
    allisonirons's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Posts
    175
    It may very well have been a popular method, but that wasn't what she intended, she just didn't know any better. And now that it's no longer hers... I kinda feel like I want to fix it because I really don't like the way it looks.

  4. #4
    allisonirons's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Posts
    175
    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    A machine blanket stitch would look nicely on that IMHO...the birds have a folksy look to them as well as the some of the flowers. I have seen other appliques done that way, too...I wonder if it was a popular method at one time?
    I don't mean blanket stitch, I mean just a straight stitch around the edge. Like 1/8" or closer to the edge.

  5. #5
    Super Member janRN's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    western Pa
    Posts
    4,601
    Allison: I really hate to disagree with you because you have to live with the quilt. Take a step back and look again. The stitches look fine to me the way she did them. The patterns are folk art and so are the stitches. Or am I looking at it wrong? I'm sorry-I'm a big fan of folk art quilts, carvings, paintings, etc. and this looks very nice. This is just my VERY humble opinion. Good luck with whatever you decide-it's a lovely quilt.

  6. #6
    allisonirons's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Posts
    175
    I suppose that you could look at it that way, thinking that it's folk arty.... hmmm

  7. #7
    Super Member Scissor Queen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Southwest Kansas
    Posts
    4,829
    I think I'd take it apart to do the applique over. You wouldn't have to take all the sashing off, just take it down to smaller sections that would be easier to handle.

    edited to add, if you're bound and determined to redo the applique that is!

    I agree with everybody else, it doesn't really need redone. You'd be surprised at how great this quilt would look with the right quilting.

  8. #8
    liblueeyes's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Delaware
    Posts
    155

    I agree with janRN - if you look at the stitches and how evenly space they are and how they are equal in size - it seems that is how she deliberately did it. I think it goes with the " folk arty" look of the quilt and the age. But you have to be happy with it ! Good Luck with it!

    Quote Originally Posted by janRN
    Allison: I really hate to disagree with you because you have to live with the quilt. Take a step back and look again. The stitches look fine to me the way she did them. The patterns are folk art and so are the stitches. Or am I looking at it wrong? I'm sorry-I'm a big fan of folk art quilts, carvings, paintings, etc. and this looks very nice. This is just my VERY humble opinion. Good luck with whatever you decide-it's a lovely quilt.

  9. #9
    Power Poster dunster's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    Posts
    12,669
    I agree with JanRN. It's a different style than you're used to, but the stitches are even and neat, done with matching thread, and the fabric is well turned. I think it's a piece to be treasured, not changed. But it's your decision.

  10. #10
    Super Member bebe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    San Antonio, Texas
    Posts
    3,066
    I know that is hoe people use to applique that is why the thread matches. I would leave it along and just do echo quilting or something similar. Very pretty!!!!

  11. #11
    allisonirons's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Posts
    175
    I asked MIL and she said that wasn't on purpose. So she didn't mean it that way, but it can definitely be left. I think I will just leave it and do the echo quilting :P

  12. #12
    Super Member mpspeedy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    rural Maryland
    Posts
    1,566
    I would leave it just the way it was stitched. Unless you plan on using it very hard in the future it should be just fine. How were you planning on quilting around or on top of the appliques? It is a very attractive quilt.

  13. #13
    Super Member Maride's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    New York, NY
    Posts
    2,882
    Quote Originally Posted by allisonirons
    I asked MIL and she said that wasn't on purpose. So she didn't mean it that way, but it can definitely be left. I think I will just leave it and do the echo quilting :P
    I think that is a good idea. Will you do it by hand? The quilt is amazing and the stitches look great.

    Maria

  14. #14
    Moderator littlehud's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    SW Iowa
    Posts
    32,957
    I love it the way it is. She may not have meant to do it that way but it looks great. I'm glad you are going to leave it and echo quilt around it. Show us a pic when you get it done.

  15. #15
    Super Member Lisa_wanna_b_quilter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    The middle of an IL cornfield
    Posts
    7,024
    Blog Entries
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by janRN
    Allison: I really hate to disagree with you because you have to live with the quilt. Take a step back and look again. The stitches look fine to me the way she did them. The patterns are folk art and so are the stitches. Or am I looking at it wrong? I'm sorry-I'm a big fan of folk art quilts, carvings, paintings, etc. and this looks very nice. This is just my VERY humble opinion. Good luck with whatever you decide-it's a lovely quilt.
    I vote with Jan. To me, the petal you redid looks better but the original has a folk art look that some people really love.

    If you really hate it, maybe you could do some machine stitching. Look at Amma's post "What I learned today...." Her decorative stitching on a pieced block looks really nice. Maybe you could do that with the applique.

  16. #16
    thismomquilts's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    here! :)
    Posts
    1,491
    Personally, I see nothing wrong with her stitches. From what I can see they are even and neat. But if it is something you WANT to do - I'd say re-do them. If it's something you will come to resent - don't even start... you'll regret it in the long run. Let us see more of what you decide to do - I really like the quilt!

  17. #17
    Power Poster Prism99's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Western Wisconsin
    Posts
    12,152
    Blog Entries
    1
    Actually, I think the large stitches add to the charm and character of the quilt.

    I saw an entire book about the kind of straight stitching of applique shapes you are talking about. This was a very popular method of doing applique when sewing machines were still relatively new and is a fully acceptable method. However, it seems to me you would have a problem trying to twist and turn that entire quilt top under the machine (since it's not individual blocks anymore) to stitch around the edge of each applique.

    Personally, I'd add back the big stitches on the one petal you re-did byhand and just move on to actually quilting the top.

  18. #18
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    SE Wisconsin
    Posts
    1,087
    I also like it just as it is.

  19. #19
    Super Member quilter1962's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Nottingham, UK
    Posts
    1,301
    Oh this quilt is beautiful, I am tending to side with the majority here & advise that maybe it should be left just the way it is. It will add to the charm of the overall picture as it does have a "Folk Type" theme.

    Tisha

  20. #20
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    3,393
    I thought her stitches were just fine. A large blanket stitch of sorts. I would've just quilted it as is.

  21. #21
    Power Poster nativetexan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    home again, after 27 yrs!
    Posts
    16,248
    Blog Entries
    2
    sorry, but the stitches don't look huge to me. they look well done. machine stitching blanket stitch would look similar so it's a good job. not everyone can make tiny,tiny hidden stitches or wants to. so for me, it's a good quilting job.

  22. #22
    Power Poster MadQuilter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    ELVERTA, CA
    Posts
    15,477
    Blog Entries
    1
    I looked at the pics before I read your post, and I thought that the stitches were done so precisely. It looks like it was planned that way and I actually like it. Someone used the term "folksey" and it fits the pattern.
    It's unique - I would not change it.

  23. #23
    Super Member feline fanatic's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    NY
    Posts
    8,999
    I have to agree with everyone else. I think it looks fine as is. In fact the only picture you can see the stitches (which are evenly sized and evenly spaced) is the extreme closeup. All your other pictures you can not see them. I suspect when this top is quilted it will be stunning.

  24. #24
    Power Poster earthwalker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Perth, Western Australia
    Posts
    10,327
    I too must admit when I saw the photograph I thought it was supposed to look like that. It has a naive quality about it, mainly because the appliques themselves are actually quite large. If it were of a more intricate nature, it would be another story. I think you might be pleasantly surprised once it is quilted.

  25. #25
    Connie Hadba's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Beirut, Lebanon
    Posts
    150
    I love the quilt! It is beautiful. Your MIL obviously took a great deal of time and a lot of effort to make it, especially since it was her first. She must have enjoyed the work and felt proud of it while doing it. The stitches add to its uniqueness.

    Like every one else, I would not change them. I would simply quilt it. The final product would be something anyone would be proud of owning.

    Whatever you do, it will be a beautiful quilt in the end.


    Connie

Page 1 of 3 1 2 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.