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Thread: When to Quilt an Appliqued Quilt?

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    Junior Member Juztme's Avatar
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    When to Quilt an Appliqued Quilt?

    I am about to start my first quilted wall hanging with applique on it. It is a pattern that calls for using squares of blues and green put together to form the sky and hills in the background, then appliqueing big flowers over the top. The instructions say to piece the backing, do the applique/stitching, then quilt. The LQS were I bought the quilt said to layer and quilt the background before doing the applique/stitching. What should I do?

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    what type of applique is it
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    If you don't mind the applique stitching showing on the back of the wallhanging then it is up to you.

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    I have only appliquéd and then did the quilt sandwich and did the quilting. Can you post a picture?

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    I have never quilted OVER the applique. (too chicken). If you are wanting the applique to stand out, then you might do the quilting first. Maybe do a pillow sized test.
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    Here is a link to the pattern. It measures 60 x 43 and is going to be a wall hanging. http://4and6designs.com/summer-blooms/

    It seems like if I quilt after I've appliqued, it would make the flowers 'pop'. If I quilt first with some all over simple quilting, then the background would be more sable for all the stitching on the applique. I just haven't done applique to know what is best.

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    I don't think I would like to try to get applique to lay flat over an already quilted surface. I can't imagine doing hand applique under those circumstances and would think getting fusible to lay flat over quilting would be even more of a pain.

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    You could quilt maybe a little inside the applique like around the edges but leave the rest. That would help it to lay down a little more but the applique would still stand out.
    Quote Originally Posted by Juztme View Post
    Here is a link to the pattern. It measures 60 x 43 and is going to be a wall hanging. http://4and6designs.com/summer-blooms/

    It seems like if I quilt after I've appliqued, it would make the flowers 'pop'. If I quilt first with some all over simple quilting, then the background would be more sable for all the stitching on the applique. I just haven't done applique to know what is best.

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    The quilt is beautiful. Looking at the link it appears it is raw edge applique; so the applique stitching will show on the back if you quilt first. However it is a wall hanging, you generally aren't looking at the back of a wall hanging. Since this is your first raw edge applique I would do as the LQS sugguested; it should be more stable to work on that way and give you less frustration. Just my opinion though.
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    This is just beautiful. It does look like it is raw edge and flowers are quilted a lot. I am not sure how to attempt this. I thinK I would follow what LQS says also and if you need help from them they most likely would help you gladly.
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    since its raw edge fusible you can probably get away with fusing it and quilting it at the end to tack the applique down
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    It looks almost like the appliqués are thread painted in place? I think in this case I would quilt the background of the piece but not where I planned to put the appliqués. Since it's a wallhanging, it wouldn't matter if the thread painting shows on the back. I think you would need the sandwich to prevent the appliqués from wrinkling with all that thread.

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    I would do the blue background then put on applique pieces, then add wadding/ batting with thin piece of muslin/ cheesecloth on back and. Quilt the flowers etc BUT NOT the sky.

    now put on the back and quilt free motion in the blue don't touch inside of flowers but you could go just on the outside of the shape to make it pop up.
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    I would go with what the LQS has done especially if they have made a sample for the store. This is definitely NOT your Grandma's applique. Very pretty quilt. I have seen this company's designs before.
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    I'm not sure I'd rely on the LQS at all. I'd be more likely to contact the folks who designed it. (In my experience, the people at quilt shops with the strongest opinions are often not right.) Then, I'd make a little sample, using the method I thought was most likely to succeed.

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    If you are doing raw edge or blanket stitch I would fuse the pieces to the background, sandwich and stitch down the applique and the quilting. When I do satin stitch, I stitch down the applique piece onto the background with a tear away stabilizer behind it then sandwich and quilt.
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