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!

Results 1 to 13 of 13

Thread: Want to applique baby's name.... But never did it before

  1. #1
    Super Member noveltyjunkie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    53 degrees North
    Posts
    1,668
    Blog Entries
    3

    Want to applique baby's name.... But never did it before

    I am happy enough about cutting out the letters but, since the quilt is for a baby, I dont want to leave them with a raw edge. I guess that means needleturn? Any other technique I could try??? What is the name of the technique where you stitch over the edge with dense wide stitches? Is that hard to do freehand?
    Fortune favours the prepared mind
    "Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler." Albert Einstein

  2. #2
    Jim
    Jim is offline
    Super Member Jim's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Bardstown, Kentucky
    Posts
    2,241
    I do a satin stitch on my applique letting...its the zig zag but very close
    A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort :lol:

  3. #3
    Super Member Neesie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Texas, USA
    Posts
    5,882
    I use a small satin stitch and let my machine do the work.

  4. #4
    Super Member M.I.Late's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Spring, Texas
    Posts
    2,357
    I use pellon and Iron the appliques on then use a satin stitch (one shade lighter)

  5. #5
    Super Member katier825's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    FL
    Posts
    7,160
    Blog Entries
    3
    I use a lightweight fusible and often choose a blanket stitch over satin stitch. If the letters are large enough, you can cut out the middle of the fusible and just adhere the edges. It makes the center softer, more like a needle turned applique.

  6. #6
    Super Member girlsfour's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Woodbury, MN
    Posts
    1,031
    You really can do that on your machine but it sounds like you just might rather want to do it by hand. If you do decided to try it on the machine, I would practice first with a couple of different stitches, and stitch lengths - blanket and satin. You might find you like one better than the other. I know I did one applique recently with a tight satin stitch and now I really don't like it.

    Good luck - take a picture of your work when it's done for us to see!

  7. #7
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Posts
    1,321
    Yes take a picture!

  8. #8
    Senior Member Sewflower's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
    Posts
    856
    Blog Entries
    1
    Eleanor Burns has a method that you applique with interfacing put right sides together, stitch a scant seam, cut a hole in the interfacing, and turn to the right side, then attach with decorative stitches. Check out her Quilt in A Day site if you have any questions
    Sewflower

  9. #9
    Super Member patchsamkim's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Fox Valley Wisconsin
    Posts
    1,937
    If you are wanting to do them by machine, the satin stitch would be the sturdiest. Just be sure to use an interfacing as
    satin stitch does "pull" in some while sewing.

  10. #10
    Super Member jrhboxers's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Lexington Park, Maryland
    Posts
    1,143
    I add the names of toddler quilts I make. I make a printout on the computer with different fonts until I find one that I like. I then print it mirror image on freezer paper. I then iron the freezer paper on the fabric that I want to use for the applique. I then use either the heavyweight fuse or the light weight depending on whether I want to edge stitch the pieces. I have seen some of my quilts after 4-5 years of use and the names are still great looking. And the kids really love having their names on their quilts.
    Jane
    Physically in Maryland but heart is in Indianapolis.

    Rescued Boxers are adoptable love. Please consider a homeless/rescued pet when adding to your family.

  11. #11
    Super Member Dolphyngyrl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Southern California
    Posts
    5,699
    the blanket stitch is always nice to me itcomes out really pretty especially in a darker thread, thats what I have used in the past

  12. #12
    Power Poster Prism99's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Western Wisconsin
    Posts
    11,937
    Blog Entries
    1
    Be sure to make some practice pieces first. There are multiple techniques for doing this; one might work better for you than others.

    I think the easiest would probably be to apply fusible to the back of fabric, cut out the letters, fuse them to the fabric, then cover the edges with satin stitch. The thing to be careful about with this technique is that satin stitch has a tendency to create "tunnels" in your background fabric. You usually need to heavily starch the background fabric first (1:1 solution of Sta-Flo liquid laundry starch and water, or equivalent) and/or place a piece of stabilizer under the background fabric. The stabilizer can be tear-away, dissolvable, or even just typing paper (a little more difficult to remove). Also be aware that satin stitching is relatively inflexible. You might want to use a wider stitch that is less close together. If you are good with FMQ, you could do the wider stitch thing free motion. You can also use a decorative stitch free motion. However, most people simply use a regular zigzag stitch with feed dogs up.

  13. #13
    Super Member noveltyjunkie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    53 degrees North
    Posts
    1,668
    Blog Entries
    3
    Thanks everyone for your replies. Prism and others have mentioned some of things I am afraid might happen!
    I am off to practice ;-)

    One lucky thing is that there are only four letters in the name......
    Fortune favours the prepared mind
    "Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler." Albert Einstein

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.