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    I am planning on doing a quilt that I plan to sew some buttons on. And I am wondering if I should sew the buttons on before I quilt it or after. The reason I ask this, is, I have a long arm. And I would think I would run a risk of breaking the buttons or possibly tearing a whole in the quilt top when I roll it up on the machine? Has anyone done this?
    Would like to hear from you.

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    have always added buttons AFTER being quilted

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    Whether you are using a longarm or domestic, I would definitely sew them on afterwards. This way you are avoiding the risk of hitting the buttons with your needle.

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    Yes, this is what I'm thinking.
    I think it would definately upset my apple cart after putting all that work in on a quilt. And then messing it up by putting buttons on it before quilted.
    Thank you for advice. Love the quilt in your avatar!

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    embellishments should always be added AFTER QUILTING.

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    I would definitely add the buttons on after quilting.

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    I quilt lots of things with the embellishments already on them. They roll just fine but be very careful dodging them while quilting.

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    Definetaly after quilting.

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    Definately after quilting. It would disrupt the quilting pattern if you have to dodge the buttons.
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    I made a quilt with buttons on it a few years ago. Quilted in the ditch and sewed the buttons in the corners. Loved it. Put it on the guest bed and my Rat Terrier (Sadie) enjoyed eating the buttons the first night. Replaced the buttons, closed the door until the first guest came. That happened to be my daughter and Sadie LOVES her so she slept with her and again, dined on the buttons. Oh well. You'd think that would be a lessoned learned but the quilt is back on the guest bed, and the door is shut for the time being, smile.

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    Something for you to consider. When my girls are here we pile up together in one of the bedrooms to laugh/talk. Some of us on the chairs, some on the bed. I had a quilt with buttons sewn on it and we found out very quickly how uncomfortable it was to lie on that quilt. I also liked to lie on the quilt to read. Needless to say, that quilt is folded up and put away until I can get to putting applique over the centers of the Dresden plates.

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    After

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    After. Whether you longarm or quilt on your regular machine, the buttons will be in your way.

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    Definitely after.

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    Thanks everyone! AFTER...it is.

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    I would do it after :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl
    embellishments should always be added AFTER QUILTING.
    No, not always...and not even always with buttons.

    This is one of those "it depends" questions. Depends on:
    the location of the buttons
    the size and shape of the buttons
    the composition of the buttons (metal, wood, bone, shell, plastic, etc)
    how the buttons are attached
    the quilters skill level
    the quilting pattern
    the time the quilter is willing to spend
    and so on and so forth.

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    AFTER

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    When you are finished could you please show pictures? Would love to see them.

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    I always embellish last, but I also use buttons as a form of quilting, like tie tacking.

    On my t-shirt quilts, I do either FMQ or straight line quilting, depending on the size of the quilt. I don't stitch on the shirts, just the sashing and borders. I then go through and add matching buttons on the t-shirts themselves. It adds stability to the quilt, especially if the t shirt pieces are 12".

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    Quote Originally Posted by tammy cosper
    I am planning on doing a quilt that I plan to sew some buttons on. And I am wondering if I should sew the buttons on before I quilt it or after. The reason I ask this, is, I have a long arm. And I would think I would run a risk of breaking the buttons or possibly tearing a whole in the quilt top when I roll it up on the machine? Has anyone done this?
    Would like to hear from you.
    After, definitely!

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    After, of course! (No buttons or other embellishments on baby quilts, please!)

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    I always sew them on after the quilting. Love adding buttons for that special effect. :-)

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    I made my husband a golf quilt it turned out really cute. I was almost finished with the hand quilting when I accidently cut a small hole in it. I found a button that looked like a golf ball, fixed the hole with fray check, covered it with the button and named the quilt------"A hole in one". So for sure after for buttons.

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    My small quilt group each made a block for a quilt that our guild was going to auction off. Some us us put some buttons on our block (not thinking ahead). When one of us quilted it, she had a little trouble quilting around the buttons. But it is a great quilt. I was the high bidder!

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