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« on: May 16, 2009 04:44:22 PM »

Okay, so I've made a couple of quilts before, but I'm feeling intimidated by my next quilt because it involves appliques and I've never done appliqueing before. This one's for my niece and I got a bunch of different types of light blue fabric to make up the background and tons of all sorts of different butterfly appliques. My plan was to just sort of put the butterfly appliques on all over the place, kinda randomly and not too planned, but I'm not sure where to start. The appliques are different shapes and sizes, some of them have fusible stuff on the back and some don't. I don't know where to begin. Should I put the appliques on blocks before I sew them together, or after the rest of the quilt is done? Should I put fabric glue on the ones that don't have fusible stuff on them, and stick them all on and then sew them on? Would it be easier to sew them on by hand or machine - some of them are quite shapely and it seems like it would be hard by machine. But what kind of handstitch would I use? If I do it by hand, is it going to take forever and look sloppy? Do I have to turn the edges under on them? That looks hard. Are there any secret tips to make this go more smoothly? What kind of problems am I going to run into? Any advice would be appreciated!!!
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2009 11:22:04 PM »

Wow, that is a lot of questions!

It sounds like you need to read up a bit first, try reading these How-Tos first:

and then after weighing your options, if you decide sewing is the right approach to attach the butterfly patches you might check this one out too:

After you've whittled down your questions a bit to something more specific, I'd suggest reposting them here, there are tons of great people here on Craftster that can help.

Good luck getting started!

- Ted
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2009 08:18:23 PM »

Thanks for the help!
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« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2009 05:03:09 PM »

I would do the applique before sewing the blocks together.  It sounds like you have pre-made embroidery type appliques, which would be hard to hand sew.  I would machine applique using the blind hem stitch.  If there are edges to turn under, you could hand applique, turning the edge as you go with your needle, or satin stitch with your machine.

« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2009 02:46:18 AM »

Thanks so much for the advice! I think I will try the blanket stitch.
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