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Obsessed Knitter
« on: July 21, 2009 02:57:04 AM »

So I'm planning on making this for my mother for Christmas. She has been a quilter for over 20 years, and treasures any hand made gift, so I know she'll love it. It's so cute I might have to make one for myself.

http://dontlooknow.typepad.com/.a/6a00e54fd536558834010536a06c1d970b-pi

So here's the ambitious aspect - I have never done any applique and haven't quilted since I did a very basic quilt when I was about 7 years old. I'm very comfortable with my sewing machine, and while the applique doesn't intimidate me, the gorgeous quilting pattern the designer used on this pillow does. She used a a swirl flower background fill design, which, while it looks absolutely gorgeous, I think it might be a bit out of my capabilities at the moment. Does anyone know of something that is a bit more easy but not boxy (ie. not a grid?)

I don't have free motion presser foot - should I find one? I'm sure Bernina makes one, it just might be a few weeks before I can afford it  Grin.

Any other suggestions/help? Am I crazy for attempting this?
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elijor
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2009 06:47:35 AM »

Quilting - I think quilting around each of the appliques then a "regular" stipple pattern on the background would look close enough to the same. "Regular" meaning a random doodle type thing with "jigsaw puzzle" shapes, like this . Practice with paper and pencil first, the "design" can be a large or small  as desired - but for this project keep it on the small side. Also keep in mind two very important things - 1 - while quilting you are looking at the stitches much more intently and closer than anyone else will - 2 - you should wash the pillow cover to give it the "quilty/crinkly" look and that will transform a multitude of what you might think looks bad.

A couple of other things. Instead of quilting around the applique I'd probably place the applique using whatever you are comfortable with (fusible web/basting/pins/quilt baste spray) then layer the batting and backing. Then sew around the appliques which will hold down the applique and do the quilting all at one time. I think this usually looks better than having two lines of stitches around each applique. Also, you might want to "create" the quilted fabric and wash it before you actually make the pillow/pillowcase - it will shrink up a bit in the wash and you could end up with a pillowcase that doesn't fit the pillowform.
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« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2009 01:41:46 PM »

I'm not an experienced quilter at all, but I would DEFINITELY recommend getting a darning/stippling foot.  Freemotion without it would be a total nightmare.  I bought one for my viking, and I absolutely adore it.  Am I right, you guys?
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danni42683
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2009 03:35:49 PM »

I knew this pillow had been  done here before but it took me a minute to find it. lol

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=287223.0 she lists several tips on her blog which is listed in the thread!

I would say get a darning/freemotion foot (which ever your machine manf. calls it) and go to work. the best thing is its all done with fusible webbing such as wonder under and then raw edged applique so that makes it a TON easier! Good luck!
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nemejia
« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2009 06:34:34 AM »

I knew this pillow had been  done here before but it took me a minute to find it. lol

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=287223.0 she lists several tips on her blog which is listed in the thread!

I would say get a darning/freemotion foot (which ever your machine manf. calls it) and go to work. the best thing is its all done with fusible webbing such as wonder under and then raw edged applique so that makes it a TON easier! Good luck!

Hey that's me!

First of all (not to be rude or anything) you should probably add a link to Kellie's site since you are using her picture and not your own.

Kellie did a wonderful job with her tutorial and I would follow it exactly. Once you get to the quilting stage you can do a stipple/meandering pattern. And yes you will need a free motion/darning foot. It takes a little practice but like the previous poster said, you are your own worst critic and will notice every imperfection!

I have gotten lots of compliments on my pillow but only I notice the spots where I "messed up"

This is a great project to start off with because it's small enough to finish, and it's small enough to move easily while getting the hang of free motion quilting. Feel free to ask me any questions. Kellie is also great about answering questions
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